Leafs face off against the Canadiens for season opener tonight at the ACC. Blood moon visible in Toronto early this morning. MPs approve air strikes in Iraq. Viacom is threatening to pull channels from Canadian TV.
LEAFS FACE OFF AGAINST CANADIENS IN SEASON OPENER
The Leafs open a new NHL season tonight amid new hopes, with Leafs Nation in the mood to celebrate as Toronto welcomes Montreal this evening. Yonge stree is already closed for a day long party at Yonge-Dundas Square, including a free show from The Tragically Hip. Fan favourites Wendel Clark and Darcy Tucker will be at the newly named Ford Fan Zone at Maple Leaf Square to host thousands as they watch the game on the big screen from the puck drop at 7pm. No surprise to anyone in Toronto: fans will pay more for scalped Leafs tickets than fans in any other NHL city. Average ticket prices on the resale market in Toronto are $373 more than double the league average of $163. In contrast to the see the defending cup champions in L.A. play, fans only pay scalpers an average of $133.
BLOOD MOON VISIBLE IN TORONTO
The second lunar eclipse of the year was visible early Wednesday morning in Toronto. Though clouds much of its view, sky watchers still were given a slight glimpse of the “blood moon,” named after its orange-redish hue. The colour happens because light from the sun, hidden behind Earth, refracts through Earth’s atmosphere. Astronomers say that the final two lunar eclipses in the series of four will happen next year, on April 4th and September 28th. If you missed it, don’t worry! A partial solar eclipse will be visible across Canada on October 23rd.
MPs APPROVE AIR STRIKES IN IRAQ
The Harper government motion to take part in airstrikes in Iraq has passed in the House of Commons. After debating the mission against ISIL for two days, 155 Tory MP’s voted in favour. Independent MP Brent Rathgeber and Green MP Bruce Hyer also voted “yea.” The NDP and Liberals opposed the motion saying the government did not provide enough details about the mission. For up to six months 600 personnel, six Canadian fighter-bombers, two CP-140 surveillance planes, one refueling aircraft will join coalition forces in airstrikes in Iraq.
VIACOM THREATENS TO PULL CHANNELS FROM CANADIAN TV
America media giant Viacom calls Canada’s proposed ‘Pick-N-Pay’ TV service “A consumer welfare destroying death spiral” for the TV business. It’s also threatening to pull its TV channels from the Canadian cable dial and stream them on the internet instead. That would include comedy central, MTV and Spike-TV.
MAYOR FORD TO START 2ND ROUND OF CHEMOTHERAPY TODAY
After doctors postponed starting Mayor Rob Ford’s second round of chemotherapy yesterday, the mayor has confirmed he will be heading to Mount Sinai Hospital today to begin another round of treatment. Doctors will asses Ford’s condition after this round of chemotherapy before deciding to move on with a third round, or if performing a surgery is necessary. Since being diagnosed with cancer the mayor has been spotted out at a few public events. Ford is running for his old seat in Ward 2 after withdrawing from the mayor’s race.