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New Union Station subway platform set to open today. After a sweet afternoon of donut munching, the four finalists in the Tim Hortons Duelling Doughnuts contest have been chosen. Watch Rob Ford take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
FORD ACCEPTS CALL TO DO ALS BUCKET CHALLENGE
Rob Ford doesn’t fear ice-cold water. Toronto mayor Rob Ford stepped up quickly after accepting former Toronto Maple Leaf Tie Domi’s call to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, an awareness campaign for the debilitating disease. In the video, while standing in front of a ‘Ford for Mayor’ campaign sign, brother Doug Ford and Domi dump the bucket of ice water over his head. Ford has called on TV host Jimmy Kimmel, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Prime Minister Stephen Harper to do the challenge next.
NEW UNION STATION PLATFROM SET TO OPEN TODAY
TTC riders can look forward to less congestion at Union Station today as the long-awaited second subway platform officially opens after years of construction. The addition will double passenger capacity at the station. The TTC has changed the station’s centre platform setup to a side platform configuration which means commuters will now use one platform to board Finch-bound trains on the Yonge line and a separate platform to access Downsview-bound trains on the University line. The total price tag for the project, funded by all three levels of government, is estimated to be $137.5-million.
(PHOTO: J.P. Moczulski / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
DUELLING DONUTS FINALIST
After a sweet afternoon of donut munching, Jason Priestley, Jann Arden, Ben Mulroney and pastry chef Anna Olson have chosen four finalists in the Tim Hortons Duelling Doughnuts contest. Now, it’s Canadians turn to decide who will be crowned champion. Consumers can vote for their favourite on duellingdonuts.ca until Aug. 27. The winner will walk away with $10,000 and have their donut featured on the Tim Hortons menu. The winner will be announced Aug. 28. The finalists are: — The Lumberjack, created by Judd Mah of Edmonton. — The Big Canadian Red, created by Nikola Kostic of Toronto. — The Love Reese’s To Pieces, created by Jennifer Brown of Glencoe, Ont. — The Ice Cream Sundae, created by Jennifer Veenvliet of Barrie, Ont.
(PHOTO: Handout / The Canadian Press)
ARGOS FANS TORCH BON JOVI CD’S TO PROTEST BILLS BID
Several Bon Jovi albums were soaked with lighter fluid and set ablaze after yesterday’s Argo game by around 20 hard-core Argos fans in protest of the Buffalo Bills coming to Toronto. Protest organizer and Argos superfan David Knott said Toronto having an NFL team would be the end of his favourite CFL team. Knott is also calling for a city-wide boycott on Bon Jovi music. “It’s a publicity stunt to show that we are no longer fans, we don’t want his music played on Toronto radio stations or in Toronto bars. It’s a boycott until he withdraws his bid that an NFL team move to Toronto.”
(PHOTO: STAN BEHAL, Toronto Sun)
EARLY ACCESS PERIOD FOR PAN AM GAMES TICKETS BEGINS SEPT 15
The early access period to request tickets for Toronto’s Pan Am Games next year will begin September 15. Event organizers will be using a lottery system for high-demand events to ensure equal access to tickets for all fans. There will be 1.4 million tickets available for over 400 ticketed events at the Games next summer. Ticket prices range from $20-$140 for athletic events and $90-$350 for the ceremonies.Tickets can be requested via the Games’ website or by phone. The request phase will last for three weeks and end on Oct. 6.
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