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Canada Limits Syrian Refugee Plan to Women, Children & Families. 16 Arrested After 22 Belgian Raids Overnight, Terror Alert Extended. TTC Voting on Fare Hike, Surveillance Footage at City Hall Today. All Premiers and Trudeau Meet to Talk Climate Change. OPP Festive RIDE Kicks Off Today.
Canada Limits Syrian Refugee Plan to Women, Children & Families
On Tuesday, Canadian’s will be learning more about the government’s plan to fast-track 25,000 refugee’s into the country by they end of the year. Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall is among those criticizing the plan, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he remains committed to the promises touted through the federal election. CBC News is reporting that in an attempt to put some security concerns to rest, unaccompanied men seeking asylum will not be part of the program. This means only women, children, and families will be admitted into Canada. CBC also says that in the last 6 weeks alone, authorities from Canada have been screening around 100 people a day in Lebanon in an attempt to speed up the target by the end of the year. That’s in addition to the refugee’s being processed by the United Nations Refugee Agency. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said last week the process is on top of the efforts already in place by the UN. Canada’s screening is being co-ordinated across multiple departments, including CSIS and the RCMP. According to the Canadian Press, the total cost of the program is $1.2 billion over six years.
16 Arrested After 22 Belgian Raids Overnight, Terror Alert Extended
Police in Belgium have detained 16 people overnight after carrying out 22 raids but Paris fugitive Salah Abdeslam is not among them. Subway service, schools, universities and other public amenities will be closed in Belgium on Monday. Belgian’s Prime Minister announcing yeste3rday that he will be extending the weekend lockdown to include the start of the work week. The city of Brussel has been under guard all weekend after supposedly reliable information was discovered suggesting an attack would be imminent. ISIS militants claimed responsibility for killing 130 people in Paris last week and promised more attacks in the future. The Canadian government has announce its embassy in Brussels will be closed until further notice.
TTC Voting on Fare Hike, Surveillance Footage at City Hall Today
It’s a busy day for the TTC, as commissioners will be voting on the 2016 budget at City Hall. On the table today includes a number of proposals, including a slew of fare increase options in an attempt to balance the books. The transit agency is currently facing a $53-million budget shortfall. The most notable increase would hike cash fares around $0.25. The commission will also be looking at freezing the cost of a Metropass, while voting on a measure that would allow them to hold on to security footage for a longer period of time. As it currently stands, TTC buses and streetcars only retain videos for a 15-hour period. Officials with the TTC are looking to extend it to 72 hours to give residents more time to report on something days after an event has occurred. The vote is mainly a response to an investigation one year ago when a teenage girl went to police to report an assault and there was no video evidence to support her claim.
All Premiers and Trudeau Meet to Talk Climate Change
For the first time in nearly seven years, Canada’s premiers will meet today as a group with the prime minister near Ottawa to talk about climate change. Provincial and territorial leaders will sit down with the new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec for a gathering that comes one week before the UN climate change conference opens in Paris. Trudeau has invited the Premiers to accompany him as part of the Canadian delegation to the COP 21 conference. Today’s meeting is intended to show the world that Canada is now serious about combating climate change. The goal of the summit is to achieve a framework agreement on reducing emissions around the world.
OPP Festive RIDE Kicks Off Today
As the holiday season approaches, Ontario police officers are reminding the public to stay safe and be smart in the months ahead. Today, the OPP is kicking off its annual Festive R.I.D.E. (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) campaign in an attempt to reduce impaired drivers over the holidays. The initiative runs until January 2nd. According to a statement from the OPP, the holiday season brings an increase in the number of alcohol impaired drivers on Ontario roadways. “From January to October, the numbers of alcohol involved occurrences are up 3 percent over the same period last year. As of November 15th, of the 258 persons killed during that time period, 35 fatalities were attributed to alcohol consumption. Thirteen people died when their off-road vehicle was involved in a collision; 6 of those persons had been impaired by alcohol.” Officers have also seen the number of Drug Impaired Driving increase in Ontario over the past year. OPP now have Drug Recognition officers with specialized training to identify drug impaired drivers. The OPP also have a significant number of officers who conduct standardized field sobriety tests on drivers who give police a reasonable suspicion of impairment by drugs or alcohol. Brad Blair, Deputy Commissioner, Provincial Commander of Traffic Safety & Operational Support says so far this year, OPP have laid over 68,00 alcohol and drug impaired driving charges. Last year, 593 people were charged with impaired-related charges during the Festive RIDE initiative. 485 people also had their licenses suspended following a warning. Police are also reminding the public to call the authorities if you see someone who gets behind the wheel after they have been drinking.