5 Things To Know
Storm Brings Heavy Rain and Wind to GTA. Police Urge Drivers to Use Caution After Multiple Pedestrians Struck This Morning. Rob Ford’s Recovery Hits “Bump in The Road.” Elementary Teachers Halt Extra-Curriculars Amid Work-to-Rule. 404 Reopens After Fatal Crash.
Storm Brings Heavy Rain and Wind to GTA
You’ll want to prep your umbrella and galoshes, as Environment Canada says the city will be getting dumped with severe heavy rainfalls during rush hour on Wednesday. The weather agency issued a rainfall warning for Toronto and the GTA on Tuesday, warning that the remnants of Hurricane Patricia will be moving into the region. Toronto is expected to get around 45- 55 millimeters with wind gusts of 70 km/h are likely in most areas, stronger by Lake Ontario. The City of Toronto is also warning drivers to be aware of water pooling on roads, as well as flooding near rivers, creeks and culverts. Hydro One and Toronto Hydro say crews will be on standby, preparing to respond to any outages expected to come into effect. The rain and strong winds are expected to ease up by Friday.
Moisture & energy from Patricia will enhance a developing storm across Great Lakes Wednesday. Locally 50-70mm in GTA pic.twitter.com/jQcjkHbEfj— Anthony Farnell (@AnthonyFarnell) October 26, 2015
Heavy rainfall warning in effect. We're monitoring & are prepared to respond. Learn how you can prepare: https://t.co/wPtqJ81sRh— Toronto Hydro (@TorontoHydro) October 27, 2015
Police Urge Drivers to Use Caution After Multiple Pedestrians Struck This Morning
Police are urging drivers to slow down and use caution on their morning commute Wednesday, saying at least ten pedestrians have been injured in various parts of the city. The collisions happened in the span of just over an hour between 6-8:30 a.m. According to officials, two people were taken to hospital after being struck, but the majority suffered only minor injuries. Officers say the slippery road conditions appear to be a factor, and are advising drivers to be aware of their surroundings as visibility will be reduced.
We have had numerous pedestrians stuck this am. PLS SLOW DOWN - rain & dark = reduced visibility ^pa— Toronto Police OPS (@TPSOperations) October 28, 2015
Rob Ford’s Recovery Hits “Bump in The Road”
A bit of an update on Rob Ford’s battle with cancer. Doug Ford has told our brother station, AM640 in an exclusive interview with Bill Carroll on Tuesday evening that his brother Rob has hit what he termed a” bump in the road” in his recovery from cancer. Doug said “it’s not good news or bad news, people have been asking about Rob… but it’s nothing we can’t get over.” The exact nature of the ‘bump’ remains as of yet unclear but Doug said that Rob himself will like address the issue in a news conference “in the next day or so” adding that his brother ”is a fighter and we appreciate all the thoughts and prayers that come our way.” He refused to elaborate further however. Rob Ford was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer which affects the connective tissues known as pleomorphic liposarcoma in September 2014. His initial treatment involved several bouts of chemotherapy and radiation therapy in an effort to shrink the tumour in his abdomen to a size which would enable his medical team to operate. Eventually, after months of treatment Rob underwent a ten hour surgery in May of this year with his team declaring it a success in the aftermath and stating that no new growths had been found. The former mayor returned to work over the summer months, earlier than had been expected however Ford has not been seen seen at City Hall in recent days, prompting questions to asked of his health. The elder Ford says he has now been authorized by the city to help with any constituent calls but says Rob is still ”feisty” and was telling him “all the terrible things John Tory has done in first year and all the great things he did.”
Elementary Teachers Halt Extra-Curriculars Amid Work-to-Rule
Starting Wednesday, elementary teachers in Ontario will not be supervising any extra-curricular activities as part of their ongoing work-to-rule campaign. The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario made the announcement last week, saying job action would be ramped up amid negotiations with the province. ETFO represents around 78,000 elementary public school teachers. Support staff represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation, including office staff, education assistants, and custodians, are also part of the job action. The move means that school programs will be halted, and that K-Grade 8 progress reports will not be distributed. ETFO teachers have been without a contract since August 2014.
404 Reopens After Fatal Crash
A serious rollover on the NB 404 closed all lanes at Elgin Mills for over 5 hours. The fatal crash happened just before 5 p.m and OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt says a southbound vehicle crossed over into the Northbound lanes and struck a vehicle head on. All 3 people in the Northbound vehicle were killed at the scene while the man in the southbound vehicle was rushed to hospital with serious injuries. The Northbound lanes reopened just after 10 p.m.