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The real reason why Rob Ford was banned from coaching high school football. Fighter jets escort Cuban bound flight back to Toronto after on-board disruption. List of long weekend Toronto road closures.
WHY ROB FORD WAS BANNED FROM COACHING HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
According to a more than 300 page detailed document, the real reason Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was banned from coaching high school football: he allegedly threatened a teacher, appeared inebriated for a crucial practice and at an equipment handout and forced his teenaged players to roll around in goose scat as he berated them with profanity after winning a big game. The Toronto Catholic school board documents were released Wednesday under freedom-of-information legislation.
FIGHTER JETS ESCORT CUBAN BOUND FLIGHT BACK TO TORONTO
Two women were arrested after a flight bound for Cuba was escorted back to Toronto by fighter jets last night. On a Sunwing Airlines flight bound for Varadero, two women were reportedly drunk and then light a cigarette in the washroom, causing the smoke alarm to go off. Then the two women got into a physical altercation and began threatening the aircraft’s safety. This disruption caused two Canadian CF-18 fighter jets to escort the flight home. The women, believed to be in their 20s, were arrested when the plane landed back at Pearson around 8:30 pm.
CHERRY: EXPAND IN QUEBEC FIRST
If the NHL is really going to expand, Don Cherry believes there is no doubt about where that should be first. A second team in the GTA is not Cherry’s first priority; he believes it belongs in Quebec. As far as Toronto getting a second team in part of a four-team expansion, Cherry has his doubts. “I don’t think they would expand by four at once. That’s a lot,” he said. “As for a second team here, sure it would be great and would work. I also think it would be terrific in Hamilton. The problem is, either way it would not hurt the Leafs but hurt Buffalo.”
NEW TEST RESULTS SHOW ONTARIO STUDENTS STRUGGLING WITH MATH
Ontario students are continuing to struggle with math according to the latest standardized test results released by the province yesterday. The proportion of students who met the provincial standard has dropped significantly in both elementary and secondary levels. Education Minister Liz Sandals said students are actually doing well at solving math questions, but struggle with applying their knowledge to real-life problems. Grade three students who met the provincial standard has dropped to 67 per cent from 71 per cent in 2010. Grade six students who met the standard dropped seven points to 54 per cent. At the secondary level, although scores have been improving slightly, the results show that 90 per cent of students who did not meet the standard in grade nine also failed to do so when they were in grade six.
LONG WEEKEND ROAD CLOSURES
Here is a look at some upcoming road closures in Toronto for the long weekend.
FAN EXPO: Comic Con North is celebrating its 20th anniversary this weekend at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre this weekend.
ROAD CLOSURES: The south curb lane on Front Street West from John Street to Simcoe Street will be closed as well as the north curb lane on Bremner Boulevard from Simcoe Street to the Metro Convention Centre driveway. The road closures will be in effect on Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A full closure will be in effect on Simcoe Street from the InterContinental Hotel driveway to Bremner Boulevard on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
OPEN STREETS TO: Downtown roads will be closed to traffic and open to pedestrians for Open Streets TO.
ROAD CLOSURES: Bloor Street from Spadina Avenue to Parliament Street and Yonge Street from Bloor Street to Queen Street will be closed on Sunday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the event.
LABOUR DAY PARADE:
ROAD CLOSURES: The following roads will be closed from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.: • University Avenue from Dundas Street West to Richmond Street West • Queen Street West north curb lane from Bay Street to University Avenue • Centre Street from Chestnut Street to University Avenue • York Street from Richmond Street West to Queen Street West The following roads will be closed from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.: • Liberty Street from Dufferin Street to Jefferson Avenue • Mowat Avenue from King Street West to dead end • Fraser Avenue from King Street West to Liberty Street • Pardee Avenue from Liberty Street to dead end