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Tory Says No To Olympic Bid. Staff Report Outlines Tolling Posibilities On the Gardiner & DVP. Change To Garbage Collection Could Bring You Closer To Neighbours. ETFO Says Work To Rule Will Escalate Unless Province Returns to Bargaining Table. WATCH: Ottawa Taxi Driver Completely Loses His Mind On An Uber Driver.
Tory Says No To Olympic Bid
Mayor Tory made the big announcement Tuesday morning regarding a possible Olympic bid in 2024. The deadline to submit a bid is tomorrow but Tory finally decided against it, telling Torontonians at 9:30am this morning while on the roof of the snack bar at Nathan Phillips square. Multiple reports yesterday stated that Tory had decided not to enter the city into the competitive bid process, which has now been confirmed. They say the decision was made after Tory received a lack of corporate enthusiasm and no firm support from the province. Just the bid alone could have cost Toronto up to $60 million. Los Angeles has voted in favour of bidding for the 2024 Olympics. Paris, Rome, Hamburg and Budapest, are also bidding for the games.
Staff Report Outlines Tolling Posibilities On the Gardiner & DVP
A report from city staff has been released detailing the various options for charging tolls on the Gardiner Expressway and the Don Valley Parkway. They were tasked with outlining the different tolling possibilities as a possible revenue source in June after council approved the “hybrid” proposal for the east Gardiner. The report looked at the possibility of a flat-fee toll, for a single trip between $1.25 and $3.25, with trucks paying double those amounts. The report also looked at a per kilometre tolling system like the one used on the 407. Staff suggested between 10 cents and 35 cents for each kilometre travelled, with trucks paying double. Staff estimate the 30-year cost of the Gardiner, including rebuilding the elevated link to the DVP, at $3.8 billion. Costs for the at-grade DVP are $200 million. The 30-year cost of the toll system is estimated at $1.7 billion, for a grand total of $5.7 billion. The report will go to Mayor John Tory’s executive committee, which next meets on September 21. Even if city council agrees to go ahead with tolling, Toronto would need the Ontario government’s approval.
Change To Garbage Collection Could Bring You Closer To Neighbours
The city is always looking at ways to save money while still delivering services to it’s residents, but this latest suggestion out of City Hall is sure to raise some eyebrows. Ward 3 Councillor Stephen Holyday is interested in having the Public Works Commitee ask for a staff report on possible savings if residents were to toss their trash to one side of the street only. He says sticking to one side would not only be cheaper, but it would also mean faster collection times. Holyday does admit it would only work in certain areas of the city. If Public Works approves the item, Holyday is hopeful a report would be made available in the new year.
ETFO Says Work To Rule Will Escalate Unless Province Returns to Bargaining Table
Ontario’s elementary teachers are slamming tthe province for it’s approach at the bargaining table. Talks between the province, school boards and the ETFO broke off again on Friday night after the province said a comprehensive deal was on the table for the teachers that mirrored deals accepted by Catholic and high school teachers. Premier Kathleen Wynne insisted it was up to the union to say why it won’t accept an offer that was tentatively accepted by two other teachers’ unions. Union president Sam Hammond is warning that a work-to-rule campaign will be expanded if there’s no deal in the next few days. He says that the government and the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association need to return to the bargaining table with ETFO. Hammond also says that salaries are not the sticking point for teachers, but rather working conditions and student learning environment.
WATCH: Ottawa Taxi Driver Completely Loses His Mind On An Uber Driver
The ongoing rivalry between taxi drivers and Uber drivers in Canada just heated up. Ottawa Police are looking into the video that was recently posted online. They’re still trying to figure out who this video actually implicates. A man is shown standing outside of a parked vehicle, hurling insults, threats and profanities at the driver of the vehicle, who is recording the encounter. “If I see you again, you’re dead meat. I’m not joking with you, get out,” the man screams. A passenger in the backseat asks the man to cease his verbal barrage. The man responds by screaming “Shut the f***-up, no one’s talking to you. Take a real taxi you f***ing cheapskate,” the supposed Ottawa taxi driver proclaims after opening the rear drivers-side door. No victim has actually come forward to police, so charges may not be laid on anybody. Ottawa has been host to some angry clashes between Uber and traditional taxi drivers, something that has yet to happen in Toronto. With their fixed rates, taxi drivers feel the cannot compete with the cheaper fares Uber drivers offer. Taxi providers also claim that Uber is operating illegally by not having the proper insurance. This is currently a grey area in Canada. Just last month in Montreal, Uber cars had eggs thrown at them by taxi drivers, now Uber drivers are being threatened.
Watch the encounter below — This video contains extreme coarse language