A year ago we didn’t know that this would be the last normal weekend before COVID-19 became an all-consuming part of our lives. Borders were wide open as were businesses, professional sports leagues had yet to take a break and schools were getting ready for March Break. We were told there was not much to worry about in Canada. Ontario had entered the weekend with 28 total cases of COVID-19, British Columbia had 21 and Quebec had two confirmed cases.
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Was it a close encounter of the third kind? An American Airlines pilot believes he saw a UFO during a recent flight, according to Arizona Central. The pilot said an unidentified flying object flew over his airplane in northeast New Mexico. The flight was from Cincinnati to Phoenix on Sunday.
The Federal Aviation Administration on Sunday issued an emergency airworthiness directive calling for immediate or stepped-up inspections of planes similar to the one that caught fire over Denver this weekend. The order covers Boeing 777 airplanes equipped with certain Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines and “will likely mean that some airplanes will be removed from service,” FAA administrator Steve Dickson said in a statement. The order came after a United Airlines passenger jet powered by two Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines suffered a fiery mid-air engine failure on Saturday, forcing an emergency landing. No injuries were reported on board the Honolulu-bound jet, despite the dramatic videos showing one of the engines on fire and rattling loose. There were also no reports of injuries in suburban Broomfield, where huge chunks of engine and debris landed in yards, parks and on vehicles.
Two City Hall stories covered in the Toronto Sun this week by reporter Bryan Passifiume illustrate perfectly why public transit in this city has been a train wreck for decades. They are the official and long-predicted death of the ancient and creaking Scarborough RT (rapid transit) line in 2023, and the potential replacement of the Presto fare system post-2027.
OTTAWA — The federal Liberal government is promising cash-strapped cities billions of dollars in permanent funding for their public-transit systems — though most of the money won’t start flowing until later in the decade. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the $14.9-billion announcement Wednesday as he prepared for a virtual meeting with the mayors of Canada’s largest cities, many of them struggling to make ends meet due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A TTC supervisor removing a Black History Month display that resulted in cries of anti-black racism has management demanding answers how this could happen. Sources tell the Toronto Sun a supervisor has been removed from the Wilson Division of the TTC, although it’s unclear if this also means dismissal.
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is questioning Ottawa’s move to require hotel quarantines for international travellers, saying it may harm lower-income Canadians and infringe on citizens’ mobility rights. Cara Zwibel, a lawyer who heads the organization’s fundamental freedoms program, is calling on the federal government to produce any evidence that returning passengers are breaching the current requirement to self-isolate at home, which she suggests is the only fair basis to toughen the rules. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced more than two weeks ago that travellers flying back from abroad will have to quarantine at a federally mandated hotel for up to three days at their own expense, though he acknowledged that only a fraction of COVID-19 cases appear to stem from overseas trips.
He wants council to forget politics and just do the right thing. While Josh Matlow’s motion ended up being one of many deferred to council’s next meeting after the clock ran out this week’s marathon three-day session, he’s hopeful his ask to examine alternatives for the ailing Scarborough RT will garner enough support to move forward.
A freestyle skate through a nearly deserted Eaton Centre was inspired by the ’90s film The Mighty Ducks. Alexei Morita, 21, uploaded a video shot on Sept. 21, 2020, using a fisheye lens, to his Instagram this week of him gliding through the smooth third-floor of the mall.
Michael Bloomberg will again take up his old post of United Nations climate envoy after Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appointed him Friday. But, like U.S. climate envoy John Kerry, the billionaire and former NYC mayor eschews commercial travel for his emissions-heavy private jet. Flight records show that Bloomberg’s private jets took more than 1,700 trips and emitted at least 10,000 metric tons of CO2 from August 2016 to August 2020, a Business Insider analysis found. A typical car emits about 4.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide in one year.