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TTC approves five-cent fare increase

Image: ‘TTC Tokens’ via Flickr: Pixel of Light CC By NC-SA

The TTC’s board approved a five-cent fare increase on Thursday, but before the plan goes forward, it must be approved by city council.

The Toronto Transit Commission is looking to solve its $28-million operating budget gap for 2013, and seems to have found its answer with this hike. Though the hypothetical increase would not affect cash fare, the extra nickel, or $3.05, would add to tokens and Metropasses, making the latter $30 more expensive each year. 

680 News reports the additional consumer payments would provide an extra $18-million per year for the TTC, according to TTC chair Karen Stintz. While the money would help, it would still not be enough to fill the money in the Commission’s budget gap. 

“I think it’s only fair that we should look to some contribution from our customers but we’ll limit it to the absolute minimum,” TTC chief executive officer Andy Byford said, to 680 News.

Justin Trudeau would beat Harper: Poll

Trudeaumania: The Sequel might officially be a thing. Hypothetical Liberal leader Justin Trudeau would unseat Stephen Harper’s Conservatives to win the next federal election, if they were to face-off, as per a new poll.

La Presse revealed on Wednesday that the Papineau, Que. MP would formally announce his campaign for Liberal leadership next week. As a result, a new Forum survey conducted for the National Post reveals that Trudeau would actually defeat Harper in a federal race, bumping the NDP down to third. 

The National Post-exclusive poll found Trudeau would win 39 per cent of the popular vote, while Harper would win 32 per cent, with the NDP in third, with 20 per cent. 

The Huffington Post Canada predicts this speculative lead may propel Trudeau to sealing his role as party leader in the upcoming multi-person race. This begs us to ask the question… If the election was today, between these two candidates, and presumably, NDP leader Thomas Mulcair, would your 2011 vote change?

Demi Moore & Ashton Kutcher are still married

Are Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher still married? Apparently so. The former Hollywood power couple announced they were ending their six-year marriage last November, but neither party has officially filed for divorce.

Kutcher has since been linked to former That 70′s Show co-star, Mila Kunis, and Moore spent time in rehab to attend to issues of addiction. Radar Online speculates that the two may have only been spiritually married in a Kabbalah wedding ceremony, but were never legally wed.

Since the split, neither party has publicly spoken about what happened, but Moore is allegedly getting ready to speak to Oprah Winfrey, in a new tell-all interview — and everybody knows how well Oprah can do tell-all interviews…

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Joanna Adams writes about news and entertainment for Toronto Standard. Follow her on Twitter at‏ @nowstarringTO.

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