Chris Bundas –
Spadina and Dundas partially closed for the next two week. Liberals try do-over with budget that triggered June 12 election. The Pope says only 2% of priests are pedophiles.
MESSY INTERSECTION: SPADINA AND DUNDAS TO PARTIALLY CLOSE
The Spadina Ave and Dundas St W intersection will be partially closed to traffic for the next two weeks for streetcar track and platform upgrades. This work will make way for the TTC’s fleet of new low-floor streetcars. Traffic will be compressed to one lane in each direction until July 28. But wait, it gets worse! After that, the intersection will be shut down entirely for two weeks. The full closure will occur between July 28 and Aug. 11. Eastbound traffic on Dundas will detour at Bathurst, and westbound traffic on Dundas approaching Spadina will detour at University. Northbound traffic on Spadina will detour at Queen St W. Southbound will be forced off at Spadina and College Street. The city recommends motorists use College or Queen as alternate routes for east-west traffic, and Bathurst or University for north-south traffic.
LIBERALS TRY DO-OVER BUDGET THAT TRIGGERED VOTE
The Liberals are presenting their do-over budget today; a big-spending plan that triggered the June 12 election. Although a debt-rating agency has concerns about the government’s ability to balance the books, the Liberals say they’re not changing a thing, not even the cover on the 368-page book. When the Liberals were re-elected with a majority government, Moody’s changed the province’s debt rating to negative, but the Liberals say the rating agencies are pleased with the election results. The Progressive Conservatives say the budget is just a “hodgepodge” of new programs and spending that Ontario can’t afford. The New Democrats plan to vote against the budget, which some see as tailor-made for the party, even though it’s virtually certain to pass.
(The Canadian Press/Chris Young)
POPE SAYS TWO PERCENT OF PRIESTS ARE PEDOPHILES
An Italian newspaper on Sunday quoted Pope Francis saying about two percent of Roman Catholic clerics are sexual abusers, adding that the pontiff considered the crime “a leprosy in our house.” The Vatican soon after issued a statement saying some parts of the long, left-leaning La Repubblica article were not accurate, including one that quoted the pope as saying that there were cardinals among the abusers. The article was based on an hour-long conversation between the pope and the newspaper’s founder, Eugenio Scalfari, an atheist who has written about several past encounters with the pope. According to 2012 statistics, there are about 414,000 Roman Catholic priests in the world.
The ship ran aground off Italy’s Giglio Island in January 2012, leaving 32 people dead. Years after its crash, crews are preparing to set the Costa Concordia afloat again and move it to a port for dismantling. It’s been 10 months since salvage teams rolled the vessel off the rocks. But there’s still more work to be done.
WORLD CUP FINAL
In a twist of fate, the hosts’ vanquishers became the heroes. Germany’s Mario Götze’s late, late strike made the difference in the World Cup final against Argentina. His goal prevented Brazil’s neighbors and arch rivals from lifting the trophy. Ultimately, all the nail-biter lacked was the goals Brazil crowds have come to expect. Germany finished Argentina in extra-time with a 1 – 0 win.
THIS DAY IN ROCK HISTORY…
This day in 1982, the movie version of Pink Floyd’s The Wall has its premiere in London.