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GO Fares Expected To Increase; Some Union Pearson Express Fares To Drop. Ontario Truckers Get Easy Pass When Testing Outside of GTA. New Law Puts Tips in Servers Pockets, Not Their Employers. Sparks Earns Shutout in NHL Debut as Maple Leafs Beat Oilers. Giving Tuesday Is The Answer to The Shopping Frenzy of the Holidays.
GO Fares Expected To Increase; Some UP Fares To Drop
Getting to work might soon cost GO Transit riders a little more money. GO Transit is expected to green light an increase to fares this week, with the price hike taking effect February 1. The Metrolinx board is expected to approve the increase of about 5% on all but the shortest GO rides. On the other hand the cost to ride the Union-Pearson express is set to drop. A round trip ticket for adults will fall from $53 down to $44 and kids 12-and-under would ride for free. A new family fare would also be introduced.
Ontario Truckers Get Easy Pass Outside of GTA
The Toronto Star has obtained data, via a freedom-of-information request, on the pass rate for motorists seeking their Class A tractor-trailer licence at various testing centres across the province. The results reveal a big gap between the rates in the GTA and those in rural areas of Ontario, for the five years spanning 2010 – 2014. Bancroft, which plays host to many Ontarians seeking an easy pass when obtaining their Class G licence, commands a pass rate of 92%. You stand an 88% chance of passing in Renfrew. Belleville’s pass rate is trucking along at 86% Take you trucking test in the GTA, and you face a much lower pass rate. The Woodbridge DriveTest Centre passes only 47% of those who try. Brampton boasts a 55% pass rate, with Downsview coming in higher at 67%. Pine Valley Driving Academy owner Naeem Cheema told The Toronto Star that “the ministry of transportation should look into this. Take Bancroft, for example. It’s a rural area. There are no 400-series highways and not much traffic on the roads. Then you have drivers coming back to Toronto and driving on our busiest highways.
New Law Puts Tips in Servers Pockets, Not Employers
A bill that will protect employees’ tips from ending up in their employer’s pocket takes one step closer to being law in Ontario! On Thursday, the bill that has been championed by two MPPs will be considered and then voted on in the legislature on Monday. The bill will stop employers from taking a cut of the tips collected by restaurant servers, hairstylists, masseurs and others employed in the service industry, were gratuities make up a large chunk of their income. Some restaurants require servers to pool their tips, and divvy it up equally among all workers. But some employers have included themselves on that list of recipients! Former NDP MPP Michael Prue (Beaches-East York) worked hard on introducing this bill. His successor, Liberal MPP Arthur Potts, grabbed the torch after the 2014 provincial election and has managed to find more success at making it law. When you pay your bill with debit or credit card, the tip ends up in the cash, to be paid out by the employer. Experts suggest that employers are more likely to take a cut from tips when the money is collected in this way, than when you pay in cash.
Sparks Earns Shutout in NHL Debut as Maple Leafs Beat Oilers
What a night for Garret Sparks – the Illinois native made 24 saves for the Maple Leafs in a 3-0 shutout win over the Oilers. The 22-year-old becomes the first Leafs goalie in franchise history to record a shutout in his first ever NHL game. Mike Babcock said he was happy to see Sparks perform well in the spotlight. Leo Komorov scored his 9th and 10th goals of the season and Nazem Kadri got the other for Toronto, who are off until tomorrow when the visit Winnipeg.
Giving Tuesday Is The Answer to The Shopping Frenzy of the Holidays
After massive amounts of consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, today is a day for charity and volunteering, encouraging people to think about their communities. Today marks the 4th annual “Giving Tuesday.” On this day people are encouraged to donate to charity, either time or money.