Ford announces Ontario’s municipal spending budget and confirms that he’s moving ahead with cuts to tackle deficit
In a Keynote Address at the Association of Ontario Municipalities 2019 Conference on Monday, Ford announced his office’s plan to invest $144 billion in local projects across Ontario.
Included in this sizable invest are the following projects:
A man is facing charges after allegedly attacking young children in a kindergarten class with a curtain rod during the school’s recess.
York Police say the incident happened around 1 pm on Wednesday, when they were called to Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Elementary School after reports of an assault.
The man, who witnesses say was wearing a helmet on his head, was walking around the perimeter of the school with a woman before the school’s recess took place.
The attack took place after two of three kindergarten classes had already gone inside.
According to eye witness reports, the man jumped the fence and began swinging the curtain rod at teachers and students.
“School staff and a good Samaritan were able to remove the weapon from the suspect and get the students back into the school,” said Const. Laura Nicolle to CTV News Toronto.
A five-year-old boy suffered “serious injuries” after being struck by the rod, police say.
The school was placed into lockdown during the incident, as police and ambulances made their way to the premises.
The suspect is a 30-year-old man who police believe has a cognitive impairment. The man was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, assault with a weapon, weapons dangerous and common nuisance endangering life.
Investigators believe the assault was random. He is pending a bail hearing.
Meteorologists say Toronto and Southern Ontario will soon see the coldest weather it’s seen so far this year. Temperatures will drop and there will be a good deal of snow to top it off.
An extreme cold weather alert was issued by Toronto’s Medical Officer, Dr. Eileen de Villa.
Environment Canada issues these alerts when the temperature is forecast to be -15 C or lower. They are also issued if wind chill is predicted to make the air feel colder than -20 C.
The temperatures will be felt throughout the GTA.
Environment Canada says that on Thursday night there will be a low of -12 C in Toronto and the wind chill will make it feel like -19 C, accompanied by flurries.
The cold temperatures will carry on into Friday. The Weather Network said it will be “the coldest air we’ve seen so far in 2020.”
It is estimated that Toronto will see the most snow it’s seen all season with 20 cm expected through Saturday and Sunday.
De Villa’s alert from Thursday morning says, “Exposure to cold weather can be harmful to your health.”
“Those most at risk of cold-related illness are people experiencing homelessness or those under-housed, those who work outdoors, people with a pre-existing heart condition or respiratory illness, elderly people, infants and young children.”
Toronto Public Health is asking people to stay dry, wear layers and try to stay indoors if possible.
It is also advised that people keep tabs on friends, neighbours and family who may be more vulnerable to the dropping temperatures.
The Ford government has released its eligibility outline for parental support during the Ontario teacher strike.
The outline, which announces eligibility to all parents whose children are enlisted in school which will be fully closed due to strikes, will details prices for those affected.
According to the outline, all parents who meet the first set of requirements and have children in grades 1 to 7 will be eligible to receive $25 per day. Parents of those in junior or senior kindergarten will be eligible for $40 a day, and $60 per day for children under the age of six who are not enrolled in school, “but attend a school-based child care centre that is required to close on account of the strike.”
Additionally, $40 per day will be given to parents for students in junior kindergarten to grade 12 with special needs.
Tensions remain high between the Ford government and teachers unions, with all the ladder being in the position to strike later this week.
Teachers in the Ontario English Catholic system announced on Monday that they would be holding a strike for one day on Jan. 21, which would be in line with the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation, which has held rotating strikes in recent weeks.
Education Minister Stephen Lecce announced Wednesday that the measures to ensure parents have coverage would cost “up to $48 million a day” if all unions went on strike at the same time and if all parents of all eligible children were to apply.
Chair girl, the infamous stool tossing super villain of Toronto (though not as infamous as another alleged stool tosser) has had her sentencing delayed until February 7.
Chair Girl, whose real name is Marcella Zola, pleaded guilty to a mischief charge for throwing a patio chair from a downtown Toronto balcony in late 2019. She admitted to being the person in the video onto the Gardiner Expressway.
She turned herself in days after the video went viral.
Zola, though, has not admitted to posting the video herself on social media, which has thrown a wrench in the sentencing process.
Zola’s lawyer, Gregory Leslie, says he did not have the opportunity to review whether or not Zola actually posted the video. It is now up to the Crown to prove whether or not she had posted it.
“They will call the witness, they will examine. I will cross-examine the witness and then it’s up to Her Honour to decide whether or not the Crown has been able to prove Ms. Zoia posted that,” said Leslie.
“The reason that the Crown feels this is important is because it would be an aggravating feature, an aggravating circumstance that would assist the crown in sentencing.”
Zola threw the chair from the 45th floor of a highrise, barely missing a busy highway below. Luckily, no one was struck below.
Prosecutors are aiming for a six-month jail sentence, whereas Leslie is aiming for a suspended sentence with probation and conditions set by the judge.