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Group supporting hybrid option for the Gardiner launches campaign. Traffic chaos coming during Pan Am Games. Jacques Parizeau, former Quebec premier, dead at 84. Parliament Hill gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau was shot 31 times, according to report. Caitlyn Jenner, formerly Bruce Jenner, debuts on the cover of Vanity Fair.
GROUP SUPPORTING HYBRID GARDINER OPTION LAUNCH CAMPAIGN
Those in favour of tearing down the Gardiner let their voice be heard on Monday with former mayor David Crombie and the board of health among those coming out in favour of getting rid of the eastern portion. Now a coalition trying to keep the Gardiner Expressway up is rolling out today. The coalition is called “Don’t Cut Me Off” and the Ontario Trucking Association, CAA South Central Ontario and the Financial District Business Improvement Area are all part of the group trying to urge councillors to support the hybrid option. The campaign is launching ahead of next week’s council vote on the Gardiner. The group has launched a website at DontCutMeOff.net where supporters will be able to send pro-hybrid e-mails to councilors. The coalition says that removing Gardiner east would create traffic chaos in the city while the hybrid solution will have a minimal impact on commuters and improve a major transportation artery. Mayor John Tory has said that he supports building the hybrid over the removal option.
TRAFFIC CHAOS COMING DURING PAN-AM GAMES
The head of the Pan am games is warning Toronto residents that traffic nightmares will be a part of hosting the event. TO2015 CEO Saad Rafi is asking for patience but calls this “a summer you will never forget.” He says a little congestion is a small price to pay to highlight the city with so many thousands of visitors. Rafi told the Toronto Sun that the games will show what a great place Toronto is to visit and do business in. He added that the games will leave a lasting legacy like transit expansions and waterfront development like the athlete village which will be turned into housing.
FORMER QUEBEC PREMIER JACQUES PARIZEAU DEAD AT 84
The man who came within 1 percentage point of ripping Canada apart has dies at age 84. Jacques Parizeau, the former Quebec Premier died last night after 5-months in hospital. He led the 1995 Québec Referendum and his separatists narrowly lost the bid to leave the country.
PARLIAMENT HILL GUNMAN WAS SHOT 31 TIMES, ACCORDING TO REPORT
An OPP report due out tomorrow into the Parliament Hill shooting last fall will detail that Michael Zehaf-Bibeau was shot 31-times. According to the CBC, it will detail that the terror suspect was not killed by Sergeant at Arms Kevin Vickers but Constable Curtis Barrett who shot the man in the back of the head.
CAITLYN JENNER, FORMERLY BRUCE, DEBUTS ON VANITY FAIR COVER
Caitlyn Jenner will be honoured at the ESPY awards for her bravery for publicaly coming out as a transgender woman. The honour is given to those whose contributions transcend sports. Jenner confirmed yesterday in Vanity Fair magazine that the former Olympic champion and reality star, once known as Bruce Jenner, is now Caitlyn. It took only four hours for Caitlyn to reach one million followers on Twitter, smashing the record to become the fastest ever to reach the milestone.