5 Things You Need To Know Today: April 5, 2016

Today's News Highlights!

Get your quick news fix with “5 Things You Need to Know Today,” a daily feature that I’ll be posting on Indie88.com after The Morning After. We’ll keep you up to date on the latest local and international stories buzzing today.
 

1. TOW TRUCK PROTEST

Tow truck drivers upset about the provinces new auto insurance laws staged a protest this morning. 1200 tow trucks slowed down traffic on the DVP, Gardiner, 400, 401, 410 and the 427 on their way to a rally at Queens Park.

 

2. TORONTO SIGN RIPOFF

Did the city steal the idea for the 3D Toronto sign at Nathan Phillips Square? A brand consultant says he pitched a similar idea in 2014. He is seeking a total of $2.5 million for damages.


 

3. MUSIC CITY

Council voted to make Toronto a music city. They approved the Toronto Music Advisory Council’s Music Strategy. To see the plan click here.


 

4. RBC & JACKIE CHAN – PANAMA PAPERS LEAK

Here is what you need to know about the Panama Papers leak. The 11.5 million financial records out major political and public figures, as well as major corporations for setting up offshore accounts for tax evasion. Familiar faces named in the Panama Papers leak include Jackie Chan, about a dozen FIFA soccer players, the Prime Minister of Iceland and associates of Russian president Vladimir Putin. Royal Bank has also been caught up in the Panama Papers leak. It has been reported that RBC helped set up about 370 of these so called offshore tax evasion havens. RBC say they were operating within the law.


 

BLACK LIVES MATTER:

Premier Kathleen Wynne talked to Black Lives Matter protesters yesterday. She was faced with a barrage of questions outside Queens park where a Black Lives Matter rally was taking place.


 

HONORABLE MENTION:

 

BEER YOGA:

Would you enjoy yoga more if there was beer involved? Rage yoga in Calgary encourages people to swear, drink beer or wine and listen to heavy metal while doing yoga at a pub.

 
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