Morning Brew: G20 cops face disciplinary action, restaurants want compensation, chemical leak in Scarborough, U.S. senator warns attack at Pearson likely, Bay and Bloor gets scrambled
Police Chief Bill Blair announced yesterday that about 90 Toronto police officers will be facing disciplinary action for their behaviour during the G20 summit. The action will come as a response to the officers removing their name badges from their uniforms during the summit this past summer. Speaking to the House of Commons yesterday, Blair said, "I have a rule with the Toronto Police Service -- it's my rule -- it's in accordance with the policy of my police services board that our officers will wear their names displayed on their uniforms." Blair said punishment is still being determined, but may amount to loss of a day's pay. Officials are allegedly also considering punishment in the form of subjecting officers to watch YouTube videos about themselves, without the opportunity to sue meanie commenters. Harsh guys, harsh.
And speaking of the G20, representatives of the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association will be asking the House of Commons today for compensation on behalf of the Toronto restaurateurs who suffered loses during the G20 summit. The association will also be asking to expand the zone of restaurants eligible for compensation and compensation for restaurants that closed out of safety fears. According to a survey by the group, more than 90 per cent of downtown restaurants polled saw a significant sales decrease during the summit.
Part of Scarborough was shut down yesterday as a toxic chemical cloud emerged from a chemical leak at a factory. The chemical cloud was reportedly visible around 11:30 a.m., and residents near the Morningside and Lawrence Aves. Area were advised to stay indoors and shut all doors and windows. The cloud started to dissipate an hour later and firefighters cleared the area by about 1:15 p.m.
A U.S. senator has decided to do some fear mongering and said a terrorist plot involving Toronto's Pearson International Airport is just a matter of time. Isn't that swell? Liberal Senator Colin Kenny, former chair of the Senate Standing Committee on National Security and Defence, says cargo handling at Pearson could be improved and currently leaves outgoing cargo susceptible to infiltration. Kenny recommended that a third party screen outgoing packages, citing the recent bomb plot attempt from packages coming out of Yemen.
And the intersection at Bay and Bloor received the city's third pedestrian scramble crossing yesterday, allowing it to hold its own against Yonge and Dundas and Yonge and Bloor. Check out our post from yesterday to read how pedestrians in the area haven't quite caught on yet.
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