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Toronto daystarter: Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015

02/03/2015 06:55 EST | Updated 04/05/2015 05:59 EDT
Good morning.

Many across the GTA are still digging out after a winter storm that started Sunday continued to dump snow well into Monday. Today's wintry fury will come in the form of cold temperatures. It's expected to be about -14 C during rush hour, with a high of -6 C for the day. You can read the full Toronto forecast here.

While the storm that hit southern Ontario dropped up to 35 centimetres in some places, it pales in comparison to what some areas of the East Coast are seeing today. The city of Saint John, N.B., has declared a state of emergency as nearly one metre of snow slammed the region. 

Temperatures could cause problems for GO and TTC riders, as the aging infrastructure that much of the region's transit system relies upon does not function particularly well in the cold. 

Public health officials are asking residents in the city to check their vaccination history for measles after four unconnected cases were confirmed this week. News of the outbreak follows more than 100 cases reported in the U.S. last month, including dozens of cases linked to Disneyland. 

In political news, sources tell CBC News that Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird is going to resign from his post Tuesday. Baird has been a stalwart of the Harper government and is considered one of the prime minister's fiercest political allies.

Baird has also fronted the government's efforts to have jailed Egyptian-Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy released in Cairo. There are reports this morning that after denouncing his Egyptian citizenship, Fahmy's release and deportation are imminent. 

Retail giant Target, who shockingly announced it would be pulling out of Canada entirely this year, is set to begin liquidation sales as early as Thursday. Employees of the chain have said that large pay outs for managers have resulted in a drastic drop in morale. 

Two men accused of plotting an attack on a Via Rail train are back in a Toronto court to continue their trial for multiple terror-related offences. On Monday, the prosecutor in the case said the men were motivated by "Islamist extremism" and were planning several large attacks when they are apprehended. 

The Leafs are set to take on the Nashville Predators tonight as they to recover from an abysmal January. 

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