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Liberals To Announce Plans For HOT Lanes. Obama Vows to Defeat ‘New Phase’ of Terrorist Threat in Oval Office Address. San Bernardino County Employees Return to Work. U2 Latest Paris Performance Was More Than Just Music. The Seven Year Old Boy Who Celebrated Christmas In October Has Died.
Liberals To Announce Plans For HOT Lanes
Transportation Minister Stephen Del Duca is this morning expected to announce the Province’s plan to introduce high-occupancy toll lanes. The lanes, also referred to as HOT lanes are designed to encourage carpooling and would also allow drivers without passengers to pay to use the lanes. The idea was originally proposed in Dalton McGuinty’s 2013 budget as a method of raising money to fund infrastructure and last month the Liberal Government said that HOT lanes would only be created on roads where HOV lanes were already in place. It was also suggested that HOV and HOT lanes could be created on any new or expanded highways in the future. The announcement last month came at the same time as a report by Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, a coalition of economists, which endorsed the idea of toll roads as a way to help deal with traffic problems. However, the plan is opposed by both the Tories and the New Democrats who say that Ontarians do not want their roadways taxed.
Now, the premier won’t be on hand for the unveiling of the HOT this morning. Kathleen Wynne is still in Paris, where she will join with her fellow premiers from Quebec, Manitoba and BC in making an announcement at the COP21 negotiation on climate change. The premiers are expected to talk about the progress they’re making in reducing emissions blamed for global warming.
Obama Vows to Defeat ‘New Phase’ of Terrorist Threat in Oval Office Address
US President Barack Obama responded to the attacks in Paris and in California Sunday, declaring that terrorism has entered a new phase. The president revealed that the two shooters in San Bernardino were not part of a terror cell or broader plot, but had become self-radicalized. Obama urged Muslim leaders in Muslim countries to confront radicalism “without excuse.” He declared that “we will overcome” the threats that the United States face. He stated that the country would destroy ISIS in relentless campaign. But many critics argue that Obama failed to explain what he will do, and what changes he will make to the country’s policy in order to bring ISIS to its knees.
San Bernardino County Employees Return to Work
Meanwhile, thousands of employees of San Bernardino count will be returning to work today, five days after 14 people were killed in the latest mass shooting. A county restaurant inspector and his wife opened fire on a gathering of his co-workers at a holiday party. Both shooters, who U.S. authorities are now calling terrorists were killed in a shootout with police. Investigators say the wife had posted on Facebook her allegiance to the Islamic State group.
U2 Latest Paris Performance Was More Than Just Music
Bono of U2 has written a song inspired by the victims of the deadly terror attacks that took place in Paris last month. Sitting down with Fareed Zakaria of CNN, Bono and Edge discussed several issues including the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris, when 130 people were murdered and of a new song inspired by the events, titled “SOS” or “Streets of Surrender.” U2′s latest performance wasn’t just about the music. During Sunday night’s concert in Paris, frontman Bono paid respects to the 130 people killed in Paris and the 14 people killed in the mass shooting in San Bernardino,California. He told the audience “we stand together with the families of those killed in Paris and with the families of those killed in San Bernardino.”
The Seven Year Old Boy Who Celebrated Christmas In October Has Died
A 7 year old boy who inspired a town to recreate Christmas in October has died. Evan Leversage passed away in his mother’s arms, surrounded by family at Stedman Community Hospice in Brantford on Sunday morning. He had been battling with an inoperable brain tumour since just before his 2nd birthday, having endured 100 rounds of chemotherapy in a bid to reduce the size of the tumour. However, despite the treatment, his family were told in September that the tumor had grown to a point where there was no further course of treatment available. Once it became apparent that Evan would most likely not live to see another Christmas, his hometown of St. George rallied to put on a Christmas parade complete with Santa riding his sleigh and artificial snow around the boy’s home, gaining international attention. In a statement released on Sunday, Evan’s mother Nicole Wellwood thanked everyone who was part of Evans journey, saying “I feel so blessed to have had this sweet little boy in my life for the last 7 years. It was like he was put on this earth with a purpose to share his love and light with everyone who met him. While my heart has broken, it is slowly being mended by the outpouring of love and support that we have received at this time.” While Evan’s dad Travis described the parade St. George parade as “the most magical night of my life,” adding that “to see more than 7,000 strangers line the street for Evan and our family, their compassion really gave me a renewed hope that there is so much love in the world.’’ A foundation has been launched by the family to raise funds for research into childhood brain tumors.