5 Things To Know Today
Beer coming to Ontario grocery stores, province selling 60% of Hydro One, LCBO will sell booze online & deliver. Allen Rd closed this weekend for maintenance. Police Board passes changes to Carding policy. Eaton Centre shooter to spend 30 years behind bars. Raptors playoff rally takes place this afternoon. +*Maple Leafs Stanley Cup ring stolen from Toronto home.*
ONTARIO ANNOUNCES CHANGES TO BEER SALES
Ontario’s Premier has announced it will change the way beer is sold in the province. Kathleen Wynne says her Government plans on raising taxes on beer after revising a deal with The Beer Store – a move expected to garner roughly $100-million annually. Wynne says they will apply a “volumetric tax or markup” on all beer sold in the province. Ontario will also allow beer to be sold in 450 grocery stores. The province also struck a separate deal with major brewers to cap prices on their most popular brands for two years. Wynne also announced plans to sell a majority stake in Hydro One in a bid to raise roughly $4 billion to fund infrastructure projects. The recommendations are all part of a report done by a government-appointed panel, headed by former TD Bank CEO Ed Clark, which examined Crown assets to find ways to squeeze out the maximum value for the Liberals’ infrastructure plans.
**LCBO Will Sell Booze Online & Deliver**
The LCBO will start selling booze online allowing the customer to choose between pick-up and delivery. This comes in addition to the Wynne’s government announcement of beer entering local grocery stores. Online sales have been increasing over the past few years and there are many customers across the province that have become familiar with buying wine online. The LCBO currently sells some products online through high-end retailers.
ALLEN ROAD CLOSED THIS WEEKEND
Motorists and commuters should keep in mind that Allen Road will be closed between Sheppard and Eglinton Avenues this weekend. The closure is expected to take place tonight at 11 p.m. and re-open on Monday at 5 a.m. According to city officials, it’s for spring maintenance and the removal of tunnel machines that were being used by Metrolinx. More closures ahead in the coming weeks: The Don Valley Parkway, from the Gardiner Expressway to Highway 401, will be closed from Friday, April 24 at 8 p.m. to Sunday, April 26 at 6 a.m. for spring maintenance activities. The Gardiner Expressway, from Carlaw Avenue to Highway 427, will be closed from Friday, May 1 at 8 p.m. to Sunday, May 3 at 6 a.m. for spring maintenance activities. The Gardiner Expressway will be closed from Carlaw Avenue to Highway 427 and the DVP will be closed from Highway 401 to the Gardiner Expressway on Sunday, May 31 from 2 a.m. to 2 p.m. to for the Ride for Heart event.
Expect a number of road closures in the city on Sunday thanks to the Yonge Street 10K Run. Organizers say these routes will be closed on race day: 1.Yonge Street 2. Richmond Street West 3. Peter Street/Blue Jays Way 4. Front Street 5. Bathurst Street 6. Fort York Boulevard. Several secondary roads will be closed fully or partially during the race. The 10K event happens at 9am at Yonge from Lawrence Avenue West to Broadway Avenue. Runners will be dispersed at the finish line at Fort York Boulevard at around 2 o’clock.
POLICE BOARD PASSES CHANGES TO CARDING POLICY
The Toronto Police Services board has approved new rules in regards to its carding policy. Officers are allowed to take in information with members of the community in the interest of public safety, but now they can’t stop and question people based on race, colour or gender. Mayor John Tory says he’s happy with the upgraded policy and it’s a better option. Toronto Police also have a new contract that will increase their wages by more than 8% over 4 after the Police Services Board also ratified a new deal with the police association. Over the life of the contract, which will cost about $65 million, the board says that the investment will provide over $203 million in short and long term liability savings.
EATON CENTRE SHOOTER SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON
Eaton Centre shooter Christopher Husbands has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 30 years. Husbands was convicted in December of two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of Nixon Nirmalendran and Ahmed Hassan at the mall. Husbands was also convicted of aggravated assault and criminal negligence. Husbands opened fire in a crowded Eaton Centre food court shooting seven people, including a 13-year-old boy who almost died after being struck in the head by a bullet. The judge sentenced him to consecutive 15 year sentences on both murder charges and 14 years on three aggravated assault convictions to be served concurrently.
RAPTORS PLAYOFF RALLY TAKES PLACE THIS AFTERNOON
A rally will be held for the Toronto Raptors this afternoon, as they get set for the NBA Playoffs, which kick off at the Air Canada Centre at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. The rally is scheduled to take place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in front First Canadian Place. In celebration of the first round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs, the Toronto Raptors will host a party in the Ford Fan Zone at Maple Leaf Square on Saturday. Thousands of Raptors fans will gather to watch the games on the big screen, cheer and have a chance to win playoff tickets and merchandise.
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Thieves Steal Maple Leafs Stanley Cup Ring From Toronto Home
Toronto police need the public’s help tracking down a Stanley Cup ring stolen in Toronto. The 1947-48 Leafs championship ring belonged to former Leafs defenceman Philip Samis. Police say the family heirloom was swiped during a break and enter at a home at Yonge and Lawrence on March 5th. Samis played just five games for the Leafs in the 1947-48 playoffs and a pair of regular season games in 1949-50.