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Tim Hortons new dark roast coffee blend available today. 401 eastbound express lanes closed after crash until at least noon. WIFE: Robin Williams had Parkinson’s disease.
TIM HORTONS NEW DARK ROAST COFFEE BLEND AVAILABLE TODAY
Tim Hortons has offered only one coffee blend in its 50-year history, but now they hope to lure new customers and fend off rival coffee chains with the launch of its new dark roast blend, available starting today. Tim Hortons may also increase prices to battle rising costs and competition from U.S. rivals expanding in Canada. Tim Hortons outlined a plan back in February to improve growth and returns by fine-tuning its menu to encourage more spending, improving service and opening new restaurant formats. The new alternative brew will be offered at all 4,496 restaurants across Canada and the United States starting today.
401 EASTBOUND EXPRESS LANES CLOSED AFTER CRASH
All eastbound express lanes on Highway 401 are closed at Neilson Road after a tractor-trailer collided with three MTO trucks around 2am this morning. According to Sgt. Kerry Schmidt, the MTO trucks were on scene cleaning up a diesel spill from a two-vehicle accident that occurred at around 10pm. The express lanes are expected to remain closed until at least noon, according to Schmidt.
CHIEF BLAIR ACCEPTS DOUG FORD’S APOLOGY
Police Chief Bill Blair has accepted a written apology from Doug Ford and will no longer take legal action. The public dispute was over comments Ford made, which the chief called “false and slanderous.” On August 5, Ford accused Blair of leaking information to the media about a subpoena that will reportedly be served to his brother, Mayor Rob Ford, and called for a change in leadership at the police force. In the written apology, Ford said he has “no information or basis to suggest” that Blair was aware of the leak and apologized in full. Ford also donated $1,000 to Covenant House, which Blair sits on the board of.
SAIL IN CINEMA AT SUGAR BEACH
Tonight in Toronto you can park your butt or dock your boat at Sugar Beach’s Sail-In Cinema as the “world’s first two-sided floating movie experience” has it second night of free screenings. “Jaws” launched the fest Thursday, “Jurassic Park” will is screening tonight and “E.T.” will close things out on Saturday. Preview entertainment starts at 6pm, with the movies beginning around 8:45pm. The inaugural festival was held in 2011, and organizers say that last year more than 6,500 people and 90 boats came out to watch.
WIFE: ROBIN WILLIAMS HAD PARKINSON’S
We are now learning that Robin Williams was sober, but struggling with depression, anxiety while in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease when he was found dead on Monday, according to his widow Susan Schneider. “Robin’s sobriety was intact and he was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages of Parkinson’s disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly,” she said in a statement that was reported by various media outlets. News of Williams’ illness came as plans for a “private funeral” to be attended by family and friends were revealed the same day. Fans will have an opportunity to mourn at a comedy benefit at the Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley, California. Details have not yet been confirmed.
Read the full statement from Susan Schneider, Robin Williams’ wife:
“Robin spent so much of his life helping others. Whether he was entertaining millions on stage, film or television, our troops on the frontlines, or comforting a sick child — Robin wanted us to laugh and to feel less afraid.
“Since his passing, all of us who loved Robin have found some solace in the tremendous outpouring of affection and admiration for him from the millions of people whose lives he touched. His greatest legacy, besides his three children, is the joy and happiness he offered to others, particularly to those fighting personal battles.
“Robin’s sobriety was intact and he was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages of Parkinson’s Disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly.
“It is our hope in the wake of Robin’s tragic passing, that others will find the strength to seek the care and support they need to treat whatever battles they are facing so they may feel less afraid.”
The Most Perfect Robin Williams Tribute Yet: