Here’s what we’re reading today:
1. John Tory makes the pitch for road-tolls
“Toronto Mayor John Tory made his about-face on road tolls official on Thursday, saying it was time for an honest discussion about how to pay for the city’s multibillion-dollar need for public transit and other infrastructure.
“In a speech at the Toronto Region Board of Trade, the mayor laid out his case for a $2 road toll on the Don Valley Parkway and Gardiner Expressway that would raise up to $200-million a year and ease congestion. He is also calling for a new hotel-room tax, and some other tax reforms.”
+1: Highway toll plan prompts anger, sense of inevitability, from 905 politicians – Toronto Star
2. Kellie Leitch calls for the CBC to be dismantled
“‘Taxpayers should not have to subsidize the CBC to keep it afloat,’ Leitch said in a media release on Thursday. ‘Just like in the private sector, if a company isn’t competitive and isn’t profitable, it shouldn’t be in business. Private media outlets like The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail and Le Journal du Montreal are struggling, and we must level the playing field. The days of a bloated, taxpayer-subsidized CBC are numbered.'”
3. Central America hit by A 7.2 earthquake while battling Hurricane Otto
“Tsunami warnings were issued in El Salvador after an earthquake hit offshore. And Hurricane Otto, which killed three in Panama, made landfall in Nicaragua.”
4. Google warns journalists and professors: Your account is under attack
“A flurry of social media reports suggests a major hacking campaign has been uncovered.”
5. Queen’s students are trying to grapple with being called out on their racist party
It’s easy to say a costume party is just a costume party, like a Globe and Mail editorial argued today, but when an entire party plays down to the basest cultural caricatures, there can be no question of intent. This party is stupid. These kids should be embarrassed.