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Licensing Committee Rejects Plan to OK and Regulate Uber. Chief Saunders To Address Body Worn Cameras/Lethal Force Recommendations. French Teachers Reach Tentative Deal With Province. Deadly Earthquake Rock Coast of Chile. Police Arrest Suspected Car Thief After Distillery District Shooting.
Licensing Committee Rejects Plan to OK and Regulate Uber
A city committee has voted against recommendations that would allow Uber to be operate legally in Toronto. Tensions were high as the taxi industry and Uber went head to head at the Municipal Licensing and Standards committee meeting today. Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti, arrived to the meeting wearing a black arm band to signify what he called the death of the taxi industry. The committee voted against the Uber recommendations 4-1. They did vote in favour of lowering cab fares by $1 plus 10 per cent and tightening existing bylaws for strict enforcement against Uber. The committee’s decisions still need approval from council.
Chief Saunders To Address Body Worn Cameras/Lethal Force Recommendations
There will be plenty to discuss at Thursday’s Police Services Board meeting. Chief Mark Saunders will present an overview on the implementation of body-worn cameras, which will include input not only from officers, but from the community as well. He will also address the Board’s request to consider expanding the use of the cameras to include non-arrest and non-detention interactions. The body-worn camera pilot project was launched in 4 units across the city in May of this year. Roughly 100 officers were trained and equipped with different kinds of cameras. Updates will continue to be provided until it’s final assessment. Chief Saunders will also update the Board on the implementation of recommendations which were part of a review on the use of force, specifically in relation to the service’s mental health strategy, and how officers deal with people in crisis. That review was ordered by former Police Chief Bill Blair, after the police shooting deaths of several people. To have a look at the complete Police Services Board agenda, click here.
French Teachers Reach Tentative Deal With Province
The union representing Ontario’s 10,000 French-language teachers says it has reached a tentative agreement with the province and school boards. AEFO (Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens) president Carol Jolin says the union will hold off on work-to-rule action set to begin Friday pending ratification of the deal. She says the terms of the agreement will remain confidential until the deal is ratified. Education minister Liz Sandals says the deal is consistent with the government’s net-zero bargaining framework, meaning any salary increases are offset through the collective agreement. It remains unclear when contract talks will resume between the province and the union representing elementary teachers. The ETFO is now the only union left without a collective agreement and Union leader Sam Hammond has threatened to ramp up their work to rule action if a new deal isn’t reached. Comments are closed.
Deadly Earthquake Rock Coast of Chile
A major earthquake rocked the coast of Chile, killing five people. The tremor was so strong that it was felt in multiple places across South America. Officials worked through the night into the early hours of Thursday morning, assessing the damage done by flooding to multiple coastal towns from tsunami waves set off by the 8.3 quake.
Police Arrest Suspected Car Thief After Distillery District Shooting
Police have a man in custody after a dramatic take down in the Distillery District. Police say the suspect was in a stolen car around noon Wednesday when it was boxed in by three Toronto Police cruisers at the intersection of Parliament and Mill Streets. Police attempted to pull the driver out before he could squeeze his way out of the trap. Witnesses report that the suspect was refusing the exit the vehicle, and was revving the engine. That’s when an officer opened fire, not on the driver, but on the hood of the vehicle itself. 14 shots were fired at point-blank range, disabling the automobile. The suspect was taken into custody. According to a police source, the suspect attempted to run over an officer at one point during the chase.
Turns out that the man in question is 60-year-old Edward Michael Skotnicki, whose rap sheet suggests that he’s a career criminal with more than 150 criminal convictions, including assaults on police and car thefts. After being charged, Skotnicki will appear in a Toronto courtroom this morning. The take down triggered a lock down at a nearby school, forcing teachers to bring nearly 200 students inside in a hurry while police brought the situation under control.
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