Extra, Extra: Cold Weather, Student Election Controversy, and City Hall Security Costs
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Extra, Extra: Cold Weather, Student Election Controversy, and City Hall Security Costs

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  • The City has issued its 11th cold weather alert of the season, so make sure to bundle up. Saturday is projected to be the warmest day of the weekend at a balmy -5 C, so you should probably do your Super Bowl supply run then.
  • At Ryerson, Zidane Mohamed, a candidate for VP Education in the upcoming student union election, has become embroiled in controversy. In reference to the two New York police officers murdered in December, Mohamed tweeted, “Cops got killed? Good. It’s a false flag operation resulting in cops dying? Good. #Brooklyn.” There are many good reasons to criticize policing and ways to go about improving it. This isn’t one of them, for many reasons. Ryerson students vote on February 9.
  • In the wake of the 2014 attack on Parliament Hill, security has been beefed up at City Hall. But it comes at a cost—an additional $1.3 million per year. There are now security guards stationed at all entrances, and only the south side entrance from Nathan Phillips Square is accessible without a City-issued security card. There is no word on when the enhanced security measures might be lifted, but a report on the issue will go to City Hall’s executive committee in March.

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