5 Things To Know
Strong Winds Today Prompt Warning. Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos Leaving Team. Police Launch One Day Traffic Saftey Blitz, Targeting “Big 4″. TTC Suing Bombardier Over Late Streetcars. Rob Ford Has A New Tumour.
Strong Winds Today Prompt Warning
A day after remnants of Hurricane Patricia drenched the GTA with over 50 mm of rain, comes another warning from Environment Canada. It’s issued a special weather statement about the strong and gusty winds expected Thursday. West to southwest winds are expected to develop by mid-morning over Southwestern Ontario and the Golden Horseshoe, and over Eastern Ontario by early afternoon. A wind warning is in effect for gusts to 90 km/h for areas near Eastern Lake Erie and Eastern Lake Ontario. Most other areas near the lower lakes, as well as in the St Lawrence Valley, can expect wind gusts to 80 km/h, possibly stronger. These conditions may result in tree limbs coming down and local power outages. It’s recommended you put away or secure any loose items on your property.
Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos Leaving Team
Alex Anthopoulos is hitting the job market of Major League Baseball. Reports suggest the Jays G.M, who has just a few days left on his current contrct has rejected an extension to remain with the club. The move comes less than a week after the Jays were eliminated from the post-season by the Kansas City Royals. Reports also suggest the split is not money related so already there are rumours swirling suggesting the move has something to do with Mark Shapiro’s arrival. He is set to take over as president next week, succeeding the retiring Paul Beeston.
Police Launch One Day Traffic Saftey Blitz, Targeting “Big 4”
A reminder to drivers to adhere to the rules of the road. A joint police forces enforcement campaign was launched Thursday morning, aimed at drivers who engage in what police have referred to as the “Big 4″; aggressive driving, distracted driving, impaired driving and not wearing seatbelts. This is a one-day initiative focused specifically on Highway 404, from 16th Avenue in Markham, to the DVP at the Bayview Avenue/Bloor Street East ramp. Officers will also be looking for drivers who are travelling solo in the H-O-V lanes.
TTC Suing Bombardier Over Late Streetcars
The Toronto Transit Commission will sue Bombardier over the new streetcars it has been unable to deliver. TTC board voted unanimously to pursue legal action against the manufacturer and approved a list of seven potential actions against the company. The board stopped short of barring the company from future contracts. The TTC has an order of 204 streetcars from Bombardier at a cost of $1.25 Billion. There have been several delays in the order and after commiting to delivering 23 new cars to the city by the end of the year, last week Bombardier said it couldn’t meet that schedule either. When that delay was announced CEO Andy Byford said they would be pursuing legal action including a $50 million claim that was included in the contract. The commissioners will also ask Bombardier CEO Alain Bellemare to appear before the board to explain his company’s inability to deliver.
Rob Ford Has A New Tumour
As you heard Tuesday on the Bill Carrol Show, Doug Ford said his brother Rob has “hit a bump in the road” in his battle with cancer. We now know what that bump is. Ford’s office says that it has been confirmed that there is a new tumour growing on his bladder. Councillor Ford was experiencing more abdominal pain, and he underwent a number of examinations and testing by his medical team at Mount Sinai Hospital. It’s still not clear if the new tumour is related to the previous growths or whether it is malignant. Ford will be undergoing treatments to address the new tumour and his office says new information will be released as it becomes available. Ford was diagnosed with cancer last year and was forced to drop out of the mayor’s race. After numerous chemotherapy and radiation treatments, he had major surgery in May to remove a cancerous tumour in his abdomen and by July, he was cleared to return to work.
Thank you everyone for your continued thoughts and prayers, I remain optimistic that I will be able to overcome this setback.— Rob Ford (@TorontoRobFord) October 28, 2015