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All lanes of the Toronto-bound Burlington Skyway remain closed this morning after a dump truck hit scaffolding on the bridge. Police have charged the driver with impaired driving. The M.V. Jadran, better know as Captain John’s Restaurant on the foot of Yonge St., was sold by a federal court Thursday, and must be removed from the waterfront. John Tory has the lead in latest Toronto mayoral race poll.
IMPAIRED DRIVING CHARGE LAID AFTER BURLINGTON SKYWAY ACCIDENT
A dump truck with its bucket raised hit the scaffolding of the Burlington Skyway, causing visible damage and major traffic disruptions. Police have charged the driver, 34-year-old Sukhvinder Singh Rai, with impaired driving. The man has been released on bail and will appear in court at a later date. All lanes of the Toronto-bound Burlington Skyway remain closed this morning after a dump truck hit scaffolding on the bridge. The OPP say no injuries were reported in yesterday’s accident, however, Burlington’s mayor has warned drivers that the closure could last through the holiday weekend. A full structural inspection will be done today and if repairs are needed, they could take days.
CAPTAIN JOHN’S SOLD FOR 33K, MUST BE REMOVED
The M.V. Jadran, better know as Captain John’s Restaurant on the foot of Yonge St., was sold by a federal court for $33,501 on Thursday, and must now be removed from the waterfront by Aug. 22. It is not know yet what the new owner plans to do with the ship, which has been vacant since 2012 when the city shut off its water after accumulating over $500,000 in unpaid. The boat’s former owner Ivan “John” Letnik had previously challenged the unpaid debt, claiming that the boat was in the water, not on Toronto land, and therefore shouldn’t be charged property taxes.
JOHN TORY HAS EDGE IN LATEST MAYORAL POLL
According to a new poll, John Tory is the front-runner in Toronto’s mayoral race. A live telephone survey conducted this week of 800 residents found Tory had 35% support among decided voters, Olivia Chow 31% and Rob Ford’s 27%. Karen Stintz and David Soknacki continue to lack in popularity with 4% a piece and 15% of respondents are undecided. The poll was conducted by Maple Leaf Strategies’ partner Dimitri Pantazopoulos.
TORONTO HYDRO SUBMITS RATE INCREASE APPLICATION
Toronto Hydro has said says it needs to invest in the city’s aging electricity grid, and therefore has submitted a five-year rate application. The plan ask for $4 billion in funding to replace aging assets, meet new demand, improve reliability against extreme weather. If approved, the new plan would raise household bills by approximately $3.54 per month — for each of the next five years. For 2015, the plan calls for a rate increase of just over 2.5 per cent, or $3.10 per month for the average household.
(Photo: The Canadian Press/Nathan Denette)
DRIVER CHARGED IN ACCIDENT THAT KILL 6-YEAR-OLD GEORGIA WALSH
The driver that struck and killed six-year-old Georgia Walsh in Leaside earlier this month has now been charged with failure to stop at a red light and careless driving. Georgia Walsh was in the intersection of Millwood Road at McRae Drive around 4pm on July 16 when she was hit by the van. Georgia Walsh was the daughter of John Walsh, president of the Conservative Party of Canada. The 50- year-old driver has not been identified yet but will appear in court on Sept. 8.