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Westbound Gardiner Expressway Lanes Re-Open During Rush Hours. Forget The Headaches; Majority Of Canadians Want Gift Cards. ETFO Teachers Now Voting on Whether to Ratify Contract. Toronto Police Looking for Suspect in College Park Assaults. Trump’s SNL Appearance “Huge!” Beats Cyrus/Clinton Numbers.
Westbound Gardiner Expressway Lanes Re-Open During Rush Hours
Rush hour drivers should see some relief driving out of the downtown core on the Gardiner Expressway, Monday. Westbound Lanes from Spadina Ave. to Dufferin St. are back up to three, as of Sunday, after single lane closures were brought on in August, to allow crews to rebuild elevated concrete and asphalt bases between Strachan and Bathurst. It comes with a catch, the Eastbound lane coming into Toronto will still be closed during the work commute, and lanes on each side of the highway will continue to be closed at night and on the weekends, for the demolition of the Dowling and Dunn bridges.
Forget The Headaches; Majority Of Canadians Want Gift Cards
We’re not only approaching what has been called “the most wonderful time of year,” but for many, it can also be the most stressful time of year. But a new survey indicates it doesn’t have to be that way. Deciding who and what to include on a Christmas gift list, and then actually braving the crowds to shop for those items, carting them home and wrapping them up has been the more traditional way to handle this yearly chore. Turns out, 79% of Canadians would prefer to receive an “open loop” gift card, which carry the VISA, MasterCard or American Express brand names, and allows the recipient to spend them anywhere, as opposed to store gift cards which limit choices. The Leger survey, What Canadians Really Want: 2015 Holiday Gift Trends was commissioned by the Canadian Prepaid Providers Organization, and it also finds 70% prefer to give gift cards over cash because they feel the recipient will actually spend it on something for themselves. 62% of Canadians say they will likely purchase a gift card this upcoming holiday season, with 46% intending to purchase at least one open loop gift card. And over half of Canadians (51%) say they prefer going the gift card route because it’s more secure than giving cash.
ETFO Teachers Now Voting on Whether to Ratify Contract
The president of the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario says the tentative agreement reached with the province last week is now available online. Voting on the contract opened Sunday and will close Thursday. Meanwhile, the union has urged the teachers to stop their work-to-rule campaign.
A new Forum Research poll suggests the majority of Ontario residents don’t approve of the Liberal government’s payments to teachers’ unions and school boards. The poll reached out to 1158 Ontario adults between Nov. 2 to Nov. 4. Of those surveyed, 67 per cent disapproved of the $2.5 million given to unions, and 66 per cent of the $4.6 million given to school boards. Findings also saw that disapproval is especially strong in Eastern Ontario with 69%, and with PC voters, with 91%. Half of Liberal voters also disapproved of the payments, with 49%.
Toronto Police Looking for Suspect in College Park Assaults
Toronto Police looking for a man who accused of multiple assaults at College Park on Thursday. The suspect knocked down a 50 year old man standing on a sidewalk, then shoving a 70-year-old woman, before punching another 54 year old woman in the face. The 50 year old victim suffered a broken hip and broken wrist in the attack. The wanted man is described as black, 6 feet tall and about 220 lbs., with dreadlocks and a full beard. He was wearing a hat, long dark jacket, jeans and boots. He was carrying a black bag. The suspect is considered violent. If you see him, do not approach. Call 9-1-1. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 52 division or Crime Stoppers
Trump’s SNL Appearance “Huge!” Beats Cyrus/Clinton Numbers
Early results from Nielsen’s reveal Donald Trump’s appearance on “Saturday Night Live” were solid. Last night’s episode the series highest ratings since January 2012. The Republican U-S presidential hopeful’s hosting gig was met with controversy as protesters marched outside N-B-C’s studio in New York saying Trump’s statements about immigration are racist and offensive. NBC say Nielsen recorded a 6.6 household rating, which bettered every SNL episode this season and had 47% higher viewership than the week Miley Cyrus and Hillary Clinton appeared. Last night the highest-rated episode of the show since January 7, 2012, when Charles Barkley hosted with musical guest, Kelly Clarkson. Trump’s episode had more than 10 million total viewers about 4 million more than the Cyrus/Clinton episode, the season’s previous high, which drew 6.3 million viewers. Official numbers will be released by Nielsen later in the week.