The long weekend is upon us, as well as the wrap-up of this year's Pride festivities. Get out your sunscreen and get ready to party. In the news: Premier Wynne is continuing with her public pension proposal, transit spending may be spent on GO rather than the TTC, and a Canadian was the first overall pick in the NBA draft.
Kathleen Wynne promises to move ahead with the public pension plan that was a cornerstone of her campaign, rather than waiting to see if next year’s federal election brings a more sympathetic party to power. It would be a huge help for the two-thirds of Ontario workers not enrolled in pension plans by their employers.
Improvements to the GO train commuter rail system may cost as much as as $12 billion, which would eat up the majority of the $15 billion the Liberals have promised the Toronto-Hamilton area for transit over the next 10 years. The improvements are expected to fulfil other transit needs as well, meaning the urgently needed downtown relief subway line could be pushed back indefinitely. But TTC CEO Andy Byford said he still considers TTC funding and especially the downtown relief line top priorities. Metrolinx (which runs the GO system) chair Rob Pritchard added that the current $12-billion price tag may well fall as the budget is refined.
Andrew Wiggins, a Canadian who grew up in Vaughan, was the first pick overall in last night’s NBA draft. He was chosen by the Cleveland Cavaliers, who used their number-one spot last year to pick up fellow Canadian (and Wiggins’s longtime teammate) Anthony Bennett. The third Canadian to make the top-10 was Nik Stauskas of Mississauga, who was picked eigth by the Sacramento Kings.