Get your quick daily news fix with “5 Things You Need to Know Today,” a new 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. CITY REACTS TO ROB FORD’S DEATH
Rob Ford might have been a controversial Mayor but he was also a husband, brother, son and father of two, of whom will surely miss him. The former Mayor died yesterday after battling cancer. The Toronto sign at Nathan Phillips Square was darkened last night and flags are at half mast.
Sad night for the #Toronto sign in #nathanphillipssquare at #cityhall. Earlier it honoured those in #belgium by showing the colours of their flag after the #brusselsattacks. After 10pm it was turned off to honour #RobFord after he passed away earlier in the day. #topoli #torontostar #cancersucks #fordnation
2. SECURITY STEPPED UP AT UNION STATION
Security has been beefed up at Union Station following the terror attack in Brussels where explosions at the airport and metro killed 31 people. A picture of three suspected terrorists was released yesterday, though there were conflicting reports about one of them getting arrested this morning. At this time the suspect is still at large. The other two were suicide bombers.
Metrolinx says people will see increased presence of personnel, police officers at Union Station due to Brussels attacks.
— CP24 (@CP24) March 22, 2016
3. NO BUD IN THE BUDGET
There was no mention of marijuana in the budget yesterday. The Liberals are running a deficit of 29.4 billion and potential taxes on marijuana legalization which could have helped pay that down were NOT mentioned anywhere. Spending highlights included middle class tax cuts, child care benefits and job creation.
We cut taxes for middle class Canadians everywhere. Since January 1st, 9 million people see more money on every pay cheque. #Budget2016
— Bill Morneau (@Bill_Morneau) March 22, 2016
4. TTC MONEY IN BUDGET
The Liberals announced $11.9 billion for infrastructure yesterday with $3.4 billion going directly to public transit. The funds will be distributed based on ridership so Toronto will likely benefit the most. Mayor John Tory is very happy.
Transit investments allocated by ridership are an important acknowledgement of the unique pressures on big cities. #cdnpoli
— John Tory (@JohnTory) March 22, 2016
5. HANDICAP SPOT PUBLIC SHAMING
Have you seen the video of this woman being confronted after parking in a Tim Hortons handicap spot? The Toronto man who called her out was assaulted when she threw hot coffee at him. No charges have been laid.