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Blue Jays Clinch AL East. Councill Agrees to Regulate Uber. COC President Steps Down Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations. Ontario’s Minimum Wage Increasing as of Thursday. Candlelight Vigil Scheduled for Vaughan Family Involved in Fatal Crash.
Blue Jays Clinch AL East
The Toronto Blue Jays have clinched their first American League East championship in 22 years. Toronto crushed Baltimore 15 -2 to clinch the division. Marcus Stroman pitched 8 strong innings, striking out eight and allowing just one run on five hits to move to 4-0 on the season. Jose Bautista hit his 40th homerun in the ninth. Justin Smoak and Edwin Encarnacion also went deep as the Jays put an exclamation point on the laugher. The Jays have not made the playoffs since 1993, when they won the World Series for the second straight year.
It seems everyone is jumping on the Blue Jays bandwagon and today Council jumped aboard. At Wednesday’s meeting, Councillor Justin Di Ciano made a special announcement to celebrate the Blue jays making the playoff for the first time in 22 years. Di Ciano then introduced “Ace” the Jays’ mascot to help lead councillors in dancing to “OK Blue Jays” and “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” Several councillors waved white rally towels and the pro-taxi protesters packing the chamber for the Uber/taxi debate stood up and clapped along. Mayor John Tory was then presented with a Jays jersey by Ace
Councill Agrees to Regulate Uber
Uber still has a green light in Toronto, at least for now. Council voted yesterday to investigate regulating the ride share app. City Hall has requested that Uber put a temporary hold on operations in Toronto. The debate was heated at times with councillors Rob Ford, Giorgio Mammoliti and Jim Karygiannis all trying to get councillors to ban UBER from operating in the city. The meeting saw emotions run high for much of the day as members of the taxi industry and UBER supporters cheered and jeered from the gallery several times. Speaker Frances Nunziata even threatened to remove them a few times. Mayor John Tory’s motion to send the issue back to the licensing and standards committee eventually passed by a vote of 32-12. City Hall has requested that Uber put a temporary hold on operations in Toronto. Uber Canada’s general manager Ian Black says they will not comply with that request.
COC President Steps Down Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations
Marcel Aubut has stepped awat from his duties as the Canadian Olympic Committee president and chairman as he is investigated for sexual harassment. The COC received a complaint last Friday about Aubut. Aubut has stepped away from his duties for the duration of the investigation.
Ontario’s Minimum Wage Increasing as of Thursday
Ontario’s minimum wage earners will be getting a little more on each paycheque starting today. The general minimum wage is going up by 25 cents an hour to $11.25. Minimum wage rates for certain jobs such as liquor services, homeworkers and students are also increasing at the same time. The government says most minimum wage earners in the province work in accommodation and food, retail and agriculture.
Candlelight Vigil Scheduled for Vaughan Family Involved in Fatal Crash
A candlelight vigil is set to be held for the three children and grandfather who were killed in an alleged drunk driving accident in Vaughan this past weekend. It’s scheduled to take place at 7:30 p.m. tonight at St. Padre Pio church in Kleinberg. Daniel Neville-Lake (9-years-old), Harrison Neville-Lake (5-years-old), Millie Neville-Lake (2-years-old) and Gary Neville (65-years-old) all succumbed to their injuries following a crash on Kirby Road near Kipling Avenue on Sunday. 29-year-old, Marco Muzzo is now facing 18 charges connected to the crash and it’s now been revealed that his SUV caught on fire while in police possession. According to police, it was a small fire that was distinguished within a short amount of time. The friends and co-workers of Jennifer Neville-Lake (mother) are also organizing a candlelight vigil in Brampton’s Gage Park. It will take place at 8 p.m. at the corner of Wellington Street and Main Street North, which is located in the downtown area.