5 Things To Know Today
Maple Leafs fire GM Nonis, interim coach Horacheck and staff. Blue Jays to play sold-out home opener with heightened security. Hillary Clinton officially enters White House presidential race. Target officially closes stores in Canada. Mayor John Tory’s approval rating at 71%.
LEAFS FIRE GM DAVE NONIS, INTERIM COACH PETER HORACHEK
After missing the playoffs again, the Maple Leafs have decided to start over. Leafs president Brendan Shanahan says the club has relieved General Manager David Nonis and Interim Head Coach Peter Horachek of their duties, after their worst season in almost 20 years. The Club announced that coaches Steve Spott, Chris Dennis and Rick St. Croix (goaltending) have also been relieved of their duties while Steve Staios will resume his duties as Manager of Player Development. Pro Scouting Steve Kasper and Director of Player Development Jim Hughes have also been let go. The move comes the day after the Leafs finished 30-44-8 for 68 points. Leafs’ Assistant GM Kyle Dubas and Director of Player Personnel Mark Hunter will share the responsibilities of the GM an interim basis. On Monday at noon, the club will be holding its final player media availability’s at Air Canada Centre, followed by press conference with President Brendan Shanahan at 2pm.
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HEIGHTENED SECURITY FOR JAYS HOME OPENER TODAY
Many fans are expected to pack the Rogers Centre Monday for the sold out Toronto Blue Jays home opener. If you’re among those with tickets, it’s encourage that you don’t drag your feet getting there, as new security measures could make the lines in move a little slower. Before entering, all guests will be required to walk through metal detectors, either hand wand or walk-through magnetometer. The new heightened measures are being put in place at all Major League Baseball stadiums. The Jays are releasing tips on how to keep the lines moving, including avoid wearing clothes with metal snaps and buttons, belts with large metal buckles, steel-toed shoes or shoes with metal arches or shanks. They’re advising arriving at least 20 minutes prior to first pitch, and have your tickets ready. Any cell phones, keys, tablets, and cameras will be removed and put into bowls before passing through the detectors. Families or guests with special needs are advised to take advantage of the Special Needs Entrance at Gate 7. Weather for Monday is calling for rain, however, the dome will be closed. The game against Tamp Bay Rays is scheduled to begin at 7:07 pm, but gates will be opening at 5 pm.
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HILLARY CLINTON IS RUNNING FOR U.S. PRESIDENT
Hillary Clinton officially announced on Sunday she will be running for presidency of the United States of America. She launched her campaign online in her bid to be the first female president. In the video featured below Clinton focuses more on families and what she can do to help them. Republican’s from across the spectrum who haven’t even announced their candidacy yet are already shooting barbs at Clinton, starting with the campaign’s unusual choice for a logo and suggesting electing Clinton would be like a third term for Barrack Obama. Florida Senator Marco Rubio is expected to announce his fun for the Republican nomination today.
TARGET OFFICIALLY CLOSES STORES IN CANADA
If you were still hoping to snatch some last minute Target deals then you’re out of luck. After two days of insanity Target has officially closed its doors in Canada. The company’s Canadian twitter and websites were officially inactivated on Sunday afternoon. The closing comes just two years after Target made the announcement to enter the Canadian market. The company also shut down all of its major distribution centres and its Mississauga headquarters on Sunday. Around 17,500 employees were laid off.
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MAYOR TORY’S APPROVAL RATING AT 71%
The honeymoon for John Tory continues, nearly six months after he won the election. The monthly Forum Research survey pegs his approval rating at 71%. The number has hovered between 65% and 74% since he was voted in last fall. Mayor Tory will be making an announcement about youth jobs today. He’s slated to be at a Starbucks near King and Dufferin at 11am.