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Toronto is expecting mid-summer heat and humidity today with a 30°C temperature. The Liberals tabled back-to-work legislation, but students won’t be back in class before Friday. Report: tearing down Gardiner the best option for public health. Toronto Public Health wants to ban hookah and shisha. PC hummus recall over toxin. +** WATCH: Batmobile chasing the Joker on Yonge St.** Almost 45% of Pan Am tickets sold.** Captain John’s move delayed.**
TEMPERATURE TO HIT 30°C IN TORONTO TODAY
Toronto is expecting mid-summer heat and humidity today with the chance that we’ll hit 30°C for the first time this year. That’s the expected high, which is very close to the all-time record for the day of 31.7°C set just 5-years ago. This record warm spell follows a brutal cold snap last weekend that’s caused serious damages to the vineyards in southern Ontario. Harwood estates in Prince Edward country figures they lost 95% of their grapes. If new buds don’t appear, the grap shortage could affect next year’s wine selection.
WYNNE LIBERALS FORCE TEACHERS BACK TO WORK
Premier Wynne is disappointed that the NDP won’t play along and get kids back in class as soon as possible. Striking high school teachers in Durham, Peel and Sudbury are being legislated back to work, something the NDP isn’t supporting – therefore delaying the passage of the bill – so it’ll likely be Friday before things are back to normal. Students could have been back today. It means Durham and Sudbury students will have missed almost seven week and Peel students almost 5 weeks of class. Now the focus will be on ensuring students don’t lose their year. The affected boards will look at using the 2-weeks usually set aside for exams to cram as much curriculum in as possible. Experts figure there will likely be fewer assignments and more online. Meanwhile, elementary teachers across the province already working to rule will intensify their job action. Starting Monday, they’ll refuse professional development and planning field trips for next year. Already they’re refusing duties such as the EQAO testing and adding comments to report cards.
REPORT: TEARING DOWN GARDINER BEST OPTION FOR PUBLIC HEALTH
Another important group is weighing in on the future of the eastern portion of the Gardiner Expressway. Toronto public health says tearing down the elevated expressway east of Jarvis is the best option for public health. The report was released on Monday with just weeks before city council decides what to do with the stretch of aging roadway. Council has 2 options before them. They can vote to tear it down and replace it with a street-level boulevard, or rebuild it with a “hybrid” option that would maintain the link from the Gardiner Expressway to the Don Valley Parkway. The tear down is the cheaper option at a cost of $461-million while the hybrid would be $919-million. The TPH report found the removal option has better health-related impacts, when looking at a variety of criteria related to transportation and infrastructure, urban design, the environment and economics. The city’s chief planner Jen Keesmaat said the best option was to take down the highway on Friday and now the medical officer of health David McKeown is urging council to consider the finding of this new report when making its decision.
TORONTO PUBLIC HEALTH WANTS TO BAN HOOKAH AND SHISHA
Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David McKeown believes the rising popularity of hookahs is causing untold health problems. In a news release McKeown says, “Using a hookah to smoke any substance poses health risks, such as heart and lung diseases, lung cancer and other respiratory problems to users and those exposed to second-hand smoke, including employees.” A report recommending a ban of the device at licensed businesses will be debated at a Toronto Board of Health meeting on June 1st. If the board follows through with the ban, all businesses would be prohibited by October 1st.
PC RECALL OVER HUMMUS
Loblaw’s is recalling a brand of hummus because it may contain a toxin. The company says the recalled President’s Choice Moroccan-style hummus may contain the toxin produced by staphylococcus bacteria. Consumers are being warned not to eat the product but so far there have been no reported illnesses. The recalled Hummus was sold in 280-gram containers across Canada with UPC 060383133870 and best before date of June 14. Loblaw’s has removed the product from store shelves and says customers can return the recalled hummus for a refund.
WATCH: Batmobile chasing the Joker on Yonge St
The filming of the latest multi-million dollar Hollywood blockbuster will continue to take over Toronto streets tonight. The “Suicide Squad” has already unexpectedly caused the temporary closure of the GO Transit terminal at Union Station earlier this month, stranding several commuters. It’s now a high-speed car chase scene that shut down Yonge Street, from Queen to College street, from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. On the weekend filming kept Wellington Street West closed from Yonge to York streets and Bay Street from Lake Shore Boulevard to King Street West. The movie which stars Will Smith and Jared Leto among others is scheduled to hit theatres next summer. Here’s video captured from last night of the new Batmobile chasing the Joker on Yonge St.
Almost 45 Per Cent of Pan Am Tickets Sold
With the Pan Am games inching closer and closer each day, there is some good news for organizers as 45% of tickets have been sold, excluding the soccer qualifiers. That adds up to about 400,000 of the 1.4 million tickets available for Pan Am and Parapan Am events. That comes after word last week that infrastructure projects are actually under budget with all but two venues finished. Organizers say ticket sales are on track to be right where they expected but experts with other big events say people buy tickets closer to the actual event. Starting July 1, ticket booths will open at five locations across the city, including one in Nathan Phillips Square.
Captain John’s Move Delayed
It looks like Captain John’s will have a few more days at the foot of Yonge Street. The ship was scheduled to be towed away today to a Port Colborne scrap yard after it was sold to Marine Recycling Corp. Environment Canada has issued heavy wind warnings for western Lake Ontario, meaning the scrap tow has been postponed to Wednesday or even Thursday. The floating restaurant has been a fixture on the waterfront for almost 40 years.