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Around 2,000 Cabbies to Participate in Anti-Uber Protest Today. First Wave Of Syrian Refugees To Arrive In Toronto On Thursday. City Councillor Calls for Trump’s Name Removed from Trump Tower. Gas Prices Dropping & Bringing the Loonie Down With It. First Stand Alone McCafe To Open At Union Station Today.
Around 2,000 Cabbies to Participate in Anti-Uber Protest Today
Despite advice against it, cabbies have creates a headache for this morning’s commute into work. Over 2,000 taxi drivers descended upon city hall this morning from four locations starting at 7:30 a.m, expecting to arrive at City Hall by around noon. According to Sam Moini, President of Fleet Operators Association, says demonstrators have been advised not to disrupt traffic, however, with the large volume of those participating, it’s has most definitely cause major delays in the city. Earlier in the week, Mayor John Tory urged the group to call off the protest, saying the message was received and officials were working as fast as they can to get regulations in place, however, the collective group says it’s not good enough. A statement from the group says, “In Toronto, it has been over 2 months since the City updated their by-law, but, Uber has yet to come into compliance. The updated by-law enacted on October 2 effectively strengthened the City’s ability to file an injunction against a company hell bent on breaking the law. But, to date no action has been taken.” Recently, the city of Calgary successfully obtained an injunction prohibiting the illegal operation of UberX which Mayor John Tory brushed off by saying “Calgary and Toronto are different places.” The cab’s are expected to travel through Queen Street, University Avenue, Queen’s Park Crescent, Bay Street, then back to Queen.
First Wave Of Syrian Refugees To Arrive In Toronto On Thursday
The first group of Syrian refugees are due to set foot on Canadian soil tomorrow with 150 expected to arrive at Pearson International Airport. Temporary processing centres have been set up at both Pearson and Trudeau International airport in Montreal to handle the influx, with some 10,000 set to arrive before the end of the year, 4,000 of which will settle here in Ontario. The newcomers are expected to be processed in about three hours, during this time they will meet with a border services agent, receive a medical examination, a federal health card, a social insurance number, winter clothes and information on working in Canada. They will leave the airport as permanent residents of Canada and be taken to their sponsor families, or to temporary housing provided by the government. In total, 25,000 Syrian Refugees will arrive in Canada by the end of February. Meanwhile, a poll conducted by Forum Research shows that support for Justin Trudeau’s plan to bring refugees to the country has dropped somewhat since the Liberal Government took office. Support for the plan, which once stood at 65% nationally, now stands at 48%. 44% say the oppose the plan, with 8% say they have no opinion. Commenting on the poll findings, Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff says “Canadians are welcoming people, but the controversy that has arisen over the timing of the refugee arrivals, and the security screening they will go through, has had the effect of eroding some of that welcome.”
City Councillor Calls for Trump’s Name Removed from Trump Tower
One Toronto city councillor things Trumps name has no place in the city, calling for his name to be removed from the downtown Trump Tower. On Tuesday, city councillor Josh Matlow argued Toronto should dissociate itself from the Republican presidential candidate’s “fascist” views. The suggestion comes following Trump’s latest outlandish statements, calling on a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” Republicans, Democrats, and other world leaders have denounced the statements. Fellow Republican candidate Jeb Bush called Trump “unhinged.” British Prime Minister David Cameron said his suggestion was “divisive, unhelpful and quite simply wrong.” The mayor of St. Petersburg, Florida, Rick Kriseman, also barred Trump from entering his city until “we fully understand the dangerous threat posed by all Trumps.” Meanwhile, Trump Toronto is responding to the request to the name removal: Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto is owned by Talon International Development Inc., a privately-held real estate development company based in Toronto, Canada, and other hotel investors and residential condominium owners. The Trump Organization is the operator of the Hotel, not the owner. Donald Trump’s opinions as a private citizen in no way reflect the position of the company’s views of those of its other investors and owners.
I believe the owners of Toronto's Trump Tower should change its name. Toronto is a diverse & respectful city. Donald Trump is a fascist.— Josh Matlow (@JoshMatlow) December 8, 2015
I'm writing to the owners of the Trump Tower today to make this request.— Josh Matlow (@JoshMatlow) December 8, 2015
Gas Prices Dropping & Bringing the Loonie Down With It
A bit of relief for drivers at the pumps this morning as the price of gas dropped three cents overnight. The price of Regular in the GTA is under a dollar today, hovering around 97 cents per litre, with prices much cheaper outside the city. Gas industry analyst Dan McTeague says there’s a domino effect for the Canadian economy. He says the price drop is fueled by an over production of oil, and because Canada prices its crude in US dollars, it has caused the value of the loonie to drop as well. A low currency can be good for certain exports, but it negatively affects our purchasing ability, especially for other commodities like natural gas. McTeague says OPEC countries like Saudi Arabia are over producing and Iran will soon be following suit once the economic sanctions placed on that country 4 years ago, are lifted. McTeague adds that OPEC countries are losing their market share thanks to new, non-conventional ways of producing oil, like fracking.
First Stand Alone McCafe To Open At Union Station Today
Canadian’s spend billions on coffee each year and now McDonald’s is looking to join the party. The fast foot chain has this morning opened its first stand-alone McCafe shop at Toronto’s Union Station. The pilot cafe will sell McDonald’s line of specialty coffees, fruit smoothies and baked goods, as well as the Egg McMuffin breakfast sandwich all day long, something you won’t find in regular McDonalds restaurants in Canada. A second McCafe is set to open in the nearby First Canadian Place in January.