In the news: The teacher walk-out is ruled illegal, Toronto's budget has some extra cash, flights get bungled at Pearson, and monkeys also have trouble putting Ikea furniture together.
The city’s elementary schools will not, in fact, be closed today: a one-day walkout by elementary teachers in protest of collective agreements imposed on them by the Ontario government was ruled illegal by the Ontario Labour Relations board at about 4 a.m. today, and the union said that it expects teachers in the Toronto, York, Peel, Durham, and Halton boards will be at work today. Bus service in Toronto and York has been cancelled, however, and drivers should pay extra caution in school zones due to a reduced number of crossing guards.
Toronto’s municipal budget holds a surprise this year: extra money. Nearly $7 million extra has been found for 2013, and the funds will be used to hire firefighters and paramedics, keep leaf pickup going in the ‘burbs, and shore up student nutrition and adult rec programs. The money comes to the city courtesy of extra construction revenues, and Mayor Ford moved the motion for extra spending across a variety of areas. Hopefully we’ll get to see council work together to get this through.
Thousands of flights were delayed at Pearson airport yesterday evening after a computer glitch hit the flight-planning system. Both incoming and outgoing flights were affected, and dozens of flights were cancelled last night as Nav Canada worked to fix the error. The backlog appears to be cleared, but if you’re flying out of the airport today, it might be a good idea to double check your departure time.
And for new news in the meme that just won’t quit, you can now get your Ikea Monkey fix through a video game created by animation students at Seneca College. In the game, Darwin wanders through an Ikea parking lot in search of the parts needed to construct a Billy shelf. Easier said than done, monkey.