Friday, December 15, 2017
News Roundup

Emergency repairs ordered for Ambassador Bridge

The crumbling infrastructure of the Ambassador Bridge connecting Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, has prompted the Canadian government to order emergency repairs.

Documents show Transport Canada has had concerns about the structural integrity of the privately owned bridge — the busiest border crossing in North America — for some time.

Transport Minister Marc Garneau has called on the bridge company owned by Manuel Moroun of Grosse Pointe, Mich., to do everything possible to speed up repairs.

An engineering firm two years ago inspected the 86-year-old suspension bridge over the Detroit River and recommended the Canadian side be thoroughly rehabilitated or replaced.

"The safety of the Ambassador Bridge is of critical importance," Garneau said. "Should action not be taken in a timely manner, I will not hesitate to take additional safety measures."

The 1,850-foot bridge carries about 10,000 trucks and 4,000 automobiles a day between the countries.

Politicians from both countries turned down Moroun's proposal to build a second span on the bridge and will instead construct a new nearby structure to be called the Gordie Howe International Bridge.

Tougher screening for foreigners proposed

Enhanced security screening for foreigners wanting to enter Canada is being proposed by Tony Clement, who is seeking to become leader of the Conservative party.

The tougher measures would be part of a plan to counter the threat of terrorism, he said.

"If we can give our security personnel the right tools to identify potential threats to our country, then I believe that is exactly what we should be doing," Clement said.

Kellie Leitch, another Conservative leadership candidate, previously said that immigrants and refugees should be asked about their views on what she called "anti-Canadian values."

News in brief

• Peter Mansbridge, the iconic Canadian Broadcasting Corp. TV news anchor, said he will be retiring from his position with the nightly news show the National. Mansbridge, 68, said he will leave next summer after anchoring special Canada Day coverage on July 1, when the country marks its 150th birthday. His career has covered nearly 50 years, including 28 years as anchor and chief correspondent for the public broadcaster.

• Canada's job market bounced back last month with the economy creating 26,200 net new jobs compared with a loss of 31,200 in July, Statistics Canada said. The unemployment rate, however, was up 0.1 percent to 7 percent with more people entering the labor force and looking for work. There was a gain of 52,200 full-time jobs with 71,400 positions lost in July.

Facts and figures

Canada's dollar is lower at 76.65 cents U.S. while the U.S. dollar returns $1.304 Canadian, before exchange fees.

The Bank of Canada's key interest rate remains at 0.5 percent while the prime lending rate is 2.7 percent.

Stock markets are mixed, with the Toronto exchange index down at 14,523 points while the TSX Venture index is up at 814 points.

The average price for gas in Canada is down to $1.01 a liter or $3.83 (Canadian) for a U.S. gallon.

Lotto 6/49: (Sept. 7) 4, 8, 30, 31, 35 and 43; bonus 42. (Sept. 3) 1, 15, 17, 20, 23 and 43; bonus 44. Lotto Max: (Sept. 2) 1, 12, 15, 22, 25, 45 and 48; bonus 16.

Regional briefs

• Former Toronto police Chief William McCormack has died at age 83. He headed the force from 1989 to 1995 after being a homicide detective. Four of his five children became police officers, with his son, Mike, the current president of the Toronto Police Association.

• Retired hockey superstar Wayne Gretzky has given his blessing to Edmonton's new Rogers Place but says the ice isn't as fast as in the former arena, Rexall Place. Gretzky played for the Edmonton Oilers from 1979 to 1988, when they won four Stanley Cups. He turned up as a surprise guest at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the NHL team's new downtown digs. The arena has 18,641 seats and cost $614 million to build.

Contact Jim Fox at [email protected]

Comments
St. Petersburg’s Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement set to be complete in 2019

St. Petersburg’s Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement set to be complete in 2019

ST. PETERSBURG — The Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement, under construction since 2015, is scheduled to be complete by the summer of 2019.The five-story, 137,100-square-foot building will house businessman and collector Rudy Ciccarello’s...
Updated: 21 minutes ago
What you need to know for Friday, Dec. 15

What you need to know for Friday, Dec. 15

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what you need to know today.• A stray shower is possible today as another cold front moves through, according to 10Weather WTSP. Luckily, the front only depresses temperatures into the lower 70s. The week...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Ybor City remembers Ferdie Pacheco, a true ‘Tampaiño’

Ybor City remembers Ferdie Pacheco, a true ‘Tampaiño’

TAMPA — The speakers at Dr. Ferdie Pacheco’s memorial on Thursday evening were asked to keep their remarks to under 10 minutes, and to refrain from using profanity.They all thought that was pretty funny, of course."Like Ferdie ever spoke for less tha...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Clearwater down to two finalists for CRA director

Clearwater down to two finalists for CRA director

CLEARWATER — The next Community Redevelopment Agency director who will be tasked with trying to revive the long-struggling downtown has come down to two women, narrowed from a pool of 40 applicants. Emily A. Colon, 31, a Pasco County budget analyst a...
Published: 12/15/17
Lightning routs Coyotes for sixth straight win

Lightning routs Coyotes for sixth straight win

GLENDALE, Ariz. — As much as the Lightning has been rolling, it remembered how it lost twice last season to the Coyotes.That included blowing a one-goal third-period lead at home down the stretch, with Tampa Bay missing the playoffs by a point."You l...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Stephan Jiggetts’ 20 points lead USF basketball over Bethune-Cookman

Stephan Jiggetts’ 20 points lead USF basketball over Bethune-Cookman

TAMPA — USF used a 21-3 run midway through the second half en route to an 83-63 win over Bethune-Cookman on Thursday night before an announced 2,091 at the Sun Dome.The victory halted a four-game losing streak for the Bulls (5-6), who scored the last...
Updated: 7 hours ago

High school scoreboard for Dec. 14

Thursday’s scoreboardGirls soccerLargo 4, Boca Ciega 1
Updated: 7 hours ago
House Speaker Paul Ryan says he’s not leaving Congress soon

House Speaker Paul Ryan says he’s not leaving Congress soon

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday he’s not leaving Congress anytime soon, trying to squelch rumors that he will walk away in triumph after the Republicans’ treasured tax bill is approved. Politico and the Huffington Post published re...
Updated: 8 hours ago
No big deal for Rays at winter meetings, but it’s still coming

No big deal for Rays at winter meetings, but it’s still coming

LAKE BUENA VISTA — Here’s the one thing we definitely know:Rays officials headed home from the winter meetings and back across I-4 Thursday without making deals to trade any of their bigger-name, higher-paid players. Not closer Alex Colome, not third...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Tampa police seek ‘person of interest’ in Dec. 3 homicide

Tampa police seek ‘person of interest’ in Dec. 3 homicide

TAMPA — Police are seeking a "person of interest" who they believe has information about a Dec. 3 drive-by shooting that killed a 22-year-old man.Police are searching for Anan Motilal, 25. He stands about 5-foot-10 and weighs 180 pounds. He may have ...
Updated: 8 hours ago