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Russian Jet Downed Near Syrian Border by Turkey. Syrian Refugees to Begin Arriving in Canada Next Week. Tory Estimates 2000 to 2500 Syrian Refugees Will Settle in Toronto. TCC Votes For Fare Increase Next Year. Prime Minister and Premiers Consolidate Environmental Plan.+**Public Safety Alert Issued for Motorists in Toronto.**
Russian Jet Downed Near Syrian Border
A Russian warplane that was downed in Syria was warned 10 times by Turkish officials that it was violating airspace regulations. It happened around 9:20 a.m. EET (5:20 a.m. ET) at the Turkish-Syrian border, in what is known to be one of the world’s most unsettled regions. According to Russian officials, the plane reached Turkish airspace without violating regulations and there are two pilots who managed to eject before impact. The Russian Defense Ministry says the jet was in Syrian airspace at an altitude of 6,000 meters. NATO is planning to hold an emergency meeting n Brussels today.
Syrian Refugees to Begin Arriving in Canada Next Week
Today the federal Liberals will release their official plan to welcome 25,000 refugees to Canada by year-end. Turns out the brunt of security checks on thousands of refugees headed for Canada will be done abroad. The Toronto Star is reporting the screening will take place before refugees board charter and military aircraft to come to Canada in the weeks ahead. The Trudeau government is still confident they can complete screening by year end, however, the Canadian Press is reporting they won’t meet the deadline.
Tory Estimates 2000 to 2500 Syrian Refugees Will Settle in Toronto
Toronto Mayor John Tory wasn’t completely sure how many Syrian refugees will settle in the city, but would guess based on some quick math that it would be between 2,000 and 2,500. “There was various mathematical calculations being done. … would guess based on that math, that we’d probably see somewhere in the neighbourhood of 2,000 to 2,500 coming to Toronto” Tory said. He made the calculations after a phone call with the other big city mayors on Monday. Immigration Minister John McCallum was on the call with the mayors and indicated refugees would begin arriving in early December. Admittedly, Tory said he doesn’t have an idea on where the new arrivals will live, since there wasn’t much of a conversation about temporary housing upon the overseas arrivals. Canada has promised to take 25,000 of the 4 million refugees estimated to be in Europe according to Worldvision. Ottawa’s announcement on Tuesday of a formal plan was a project that began before the October election.
TCC Votes For Fare Increase Next Year
A vote by the TTC board on the operating budget for 2016 includes an fare increase The Commission dealing with a 58 million dollar shortfall in its operating budget for 2016, opted for an increase in adult fares. Despite protests from Transit advocacy group “TTCRiders” out front City Hall, the board voted to increase the cash fare by 25 cents with tokens going up 10 cents. “The city needs to contribute their fair share too. Right now they are only contributing 87 cents per ride,” said the chair of TTCRiders, Brenda Thompson. The price of metropasses will remain unchanged. The fare hike only effects Adult fares, the price for students and seniors will stay the same. “We understand taking a hit on the fare side, but we are going to provide better service.” said City councillor Joe Mehevic just before stepping into to the vote. “That’s always been a better pill to swallow, than just a fare increase”
Prime Minister and Premiers Consolidate Environmental Plan
A re-branding campaign has been launched by Prime Minister Trudeau and the provinces premiers in an effort to revamp Canada’s environmental plan on the world stage. Trudeau says that he and all leaders have a consolidated outlook on the issue of climate change, which represents a challenge for the world. The Prime Minister spoke following the first ministers meeting in preparation for the United Nations climate summit in Paris, which takes place next week. Saskatchewan’s Premier Brad Wall said that he will fight to ensure that the upcoming plan does not damage the energy industry, which his province heavily relies upon economically. Quebec’s Premier Philippe Couillard says he believes the summit in Paris will provide an opportunity to “rebrand” Canada.
Public Safety Alert Issued for Motorists in Toronto
Toronto Police have issued a Public Safety Alert warning for motorists in regards to icy road conditions around parts of the city. Numerous collisions have been reported and officers say that there are slippery and treacherous surfaces on many roads and bridges. According to city officials, cold air and snow over the last couple of days has drivers on high alert in most areas.