Patient being tested for Ebola virus at Toronto General Hospital. You need to listen to Olivia Chow’s new campaign song… it’s, well… something. Doug Ford differs from his brothers plan, says a downtown relief line is his first priority. Netflixs signs Adam Sandler to four film deal. Nuit Blanche kicks off this weekend.
PATIENT BEING TESTED FOR EBOLA AT TORONTO HOSPITAL
Toronto’s University Health Network is confirming that a patient in a Toronto Hospital is being tested for the Ebola virus. The UHN says that the patient was admitted to hospital with a fever and is currently in isolation. They also say that the patient recently travelled to West Africa. The exact hospital is not being released, but officials are emphasizing that staff are undergoing extreme caution, using personal protective equipment, until an exact diagnoses is known. However, Vice President of Public Affairs with UHN says “It is very unlikely that the patient has Ebola but a test has been ordered as a precaution… Ebola is one of several diagnoses being considered at this point.” The patients test results will be available in 24 hours. The announcement comes shortly after a patient in Dallas Texas was diagnosed with the virus. U.S. Health Officials are still looking for people who the patient may have come in contact with. Earlier this year, the World Health Organization declared a state of emergency responding to the thousands who had succumbed to the virus. Latest figures show more than 3,300 people have died from the virus in West Africa, and up to 7,100 have been infected.
YOU NEED TO LISTEN TO OLIVIA CHOW’S NEW CAMPAIGN SONG… IT’S… SOMETHING?
A collective group of artists who are calling themselves Artists for a Better City have got together to create a new campaign song for mayoral candidate Olivia Chow. Well, the definitely achieved their goal in creating a campaign song, but it may do the opposite of what they were hoping to accomplish in writing it. The song goes through a long list of reasons why one should vote for Chow using campaign talking points. Take a listen and judge for yourself, but I can’t imagine anyone voting for Olivia Chow after listening to this:
DOUG FORD SAYS DOWNTOWN RELIEF LINE IS HIS FIRST PRIORITY
Doug Ford says a downtown relief line is his first priority in an apparent shift from his mayor brother who previously said he would extend the Sheppard line and build a new along Finch Avenue first. As Toronto inches closer to October 27, the newest Ford to run for the mayor’s office has promised to get more transit built underneath the city’s surface. Speaking from his Etobicoke headquarters on Thursday afternoon, Doug Ford once again promised to cancel the LRT plans that have been drawn up for Toronto, including lines on Sheppard and Finch. Ford told reporters that “the best plan for Toronto is building new subways”, noting that he plans to build transit that doesn’t take up any lanes – alluding to LRT tracks running at street-level. Critics have argued that Ford is misleading the public by not explaining that subway construction also causes numerous road and lane closures to allow for construction to start and advance. “Just imagine when they close lanes to build streetcars” Ford said, saying that the city’s busiest streets would become even more congested than current levels. When it comes to financing the plan, Ford explained that funds could be taken from Build Toronto, an agency that looks after the purchase and sales of municipal lands; An agency that lost more than $2 million last year, with current funds already allocated to projects. Ford also noted that public-private partnerships (3P) would be necessary, along with support from all levels of government, and that an immediate $30 million in budget savings would be put towards TTC service improvements. The previous plan put forward when Rob Ford was running for mayor detailed his subway priorities as Sheppard, Finch and then downtown, however on Thursday, Doug Ford explained he would put the Downtown Relief Line up front.
NETFLIX SIGNS ADAM SANDLER TO FOUR FILM DEAL
Adam Sandler has signed a four-film deal with Netflix. The actor and comedian will star in and produce four movies that will premiere exclusively on the streaming service. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Sandler continues to be one of Hollywood’s most reliable draws with films that have collectively grossed more than $US2.4 billion domestically.
NUIT BLANCHE KICKS OFF TOMORROW
Nuit Blanche returns to Toronto this weekend. The arts and entertainment event will bring late night eats and extend last call till 4a.m. at 20 restaurants and bars. There will be several road closures around the city along Bathurst Street, Spadina Avenue, Queen Street West, Fort York Blvd. and Bremner Blvd. ROADS: Partial closures on Spadina (College to Front 3p-9a), Queen West (Bay to Cameron 4p-8a), Bathurst (King to Lake Shore 4p-8a), Fort York (Fleet to Spadina 6p-8a) & Bremner (Spadina to Lower Simcoe 6p-8a) TTC: 501 Queen diverting Spadina, King, Church
20 Places Serving Extended Last Call: