Flash freeze warning for Greater Montreal area as temperatures expected to drop – Montreal

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Environment Canada is warning of a flash freeze for the Greater Montreal area as temperatures are expected to suddenly plummet.

“Ponding water, slush and any falling precipitation will freeze,” the public weather agency stated.

“Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery.”

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This comes after a wave of warmer weather melted a lot of the ice and snow in the city, causing a cocktail of ice and water and submerging the streets and sidewalks.

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With the precarious weather conditions, Environment Canada is asking drivers to be careful on the roads.

READ MORE: Slushy mess greets Montreal commuters after onslaught of freezing rain, snow

Flash freeze warnings are issued when a rapid drop in temperature is expected, causing rain or melted snow on streets and sidewalks to quickly freeze over.

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Calgary council votes to freeze pay for 2019; investigation into councillor’s comments to continue – Calgary

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Calgary city council voted on Tuesday to freeze its pay for 2019, but also voted to continue an integrity investigation from 2018 into a councillor’s comments on the freeze.

Back in December, council voted against a pay freeze based on administration’s advice, but Ward 11 Coun. Jeromy Farkas said that the council had rejected the pay freeze without an explanation.


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At that time, Farkas was asked to retract his comments and apologize, and when he didn’t, he was ejected from council chambers.

The integrity commissioner was asked to investigate whether Farkas broke the council’s code of conduct, and last night councillors voted overwhelmingly in favour of continuing that investigation.

Farkas said he is disappointed with the council’s decision.

“I think the better way to go is just to acknowledge what happened in December as a misunderstanding,” Farkas said. “I think many, if not all of us, regret what happened and right now the focus is on moving forward as positively as we can, so obviously I am disappointed this is going to continue to drag out.”


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Mayor Naheed Nenshi said it’s important the commissioner be allowed to investigate the incident.

“I think it’s important for the integrity commissioner to rule on that,” he said.

With files from Global News’ Nathan Taylor

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Toronto cafe pays employees $15/hr despite government minimum wage freeze – Toronto

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It’s a happy group of workers at downtown Toronto’s HotBlack Coffee.

It’s not the caffeine that’s giving them a little extra pep in their step, it’s the the wages they’re being paid.

“Eighteen months ago, when the minimum wage was supposed to go from $11.90 to $14 on the first of January 2018 and then again to $15 on the first of January 2019, I made a promise to the staff,” said HotBlack Coffee co-owner, Jimson Bienenstock.


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The workers here now make at least fifteen dollars per hour — despite the Ontario PC government’s minimum wage freeze.

“Politics is not the reason why. This is not ideological. This is purely practice in a business sense. I made a promise to my staff and I’m keeping that promise,” Bienenstock added.

The business owner said he finds it “weird” that he is getting media attention for giving his staff a wage increase.

“We have to compete with everybody else who’s competing for good people and part of what we do is pay them better,” Bienenstock said.

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Barista Joseph Ahn said he’s worked at HotBlack since September 2016.

“Wages is good! I like it … So, since I go to an arts school, most of my income goes to my equipment fees and then supplies,” Ahn said.

Isabel Kim, another barista, said her employers are like family and that she has no intention of leaving them.

“It means that he actually cares about his business and us,” Kim said.

Bienenstock said that having happy and content staff at his customer-focused environment makes for good business. But he understands not all employers have the ability to increase wages across the board.


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“I do understand, however, how it could be difficult if you’re in an environment – semi-rural, where the minimum wage is difficult if you are in an export environment because then you’re competing with other countries or other provinces which aren’t putting the wages up,” Bienenstock said. “That could be difficult and I get that.”

“So, I’m not necessarily for an increase in minimum wage, but i do think it’s important to do everything you can as an employer to treat employees well.”

This is not the first time the Queen St. West shop has made headlines. In 2017, HotBlack Coffee was featured in the New York Times and then on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon – all because of the shop owners’ decision not to offer Wi-fi.

“We still get trashed on social media for not having Wi-fi but that’s ok. We just explain that we don’t sell Wi-fi and we don’t want to be judged on our download speed, we want to be judged on the service experience and the quality of the coffee,” Bienenstock said.

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