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Thunderstorms brought heavy rain and flooding. Vote in favour of speed limit dropping to 30km/h. Pair wanted for murder of Sina Parsi arrested. TTC to eliminate tokens, ticket collectors for presto cards. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley calls for removal of Confederate flag from state capitol.
THUNDERSTORMS BROUGHT HEAVY RAIN AND FLOODING
All the warnings and watches ended in the GTA early this morning after a night of severe thunderstorms, strong winds and heavy downpours. Environment Canada issued severe thunderstorm and tornado watches and warnings for much of southern Ontario. Local rain amounts varied from 40-70 mm in some areas of southern Ontario. The hardest hit areas received about a months worth of rain in less than 6 hours. Near Goderich a storm chaser photographed what appeared to be a tornado touching down around 10 :30 a.m. Environment Canada still has no confirmation on if the funnel cloud was, in fact, a tornado and says the cloud may have been over Lake Huron. In the city the heavy rain saw some localized flooding on the usual spots. Lower Simcoe was closed in both directions from Bremner to Front. and Bayview was also closed between Pottery Rd and Rosedale Valley Rd. Go Transit had to cancel the 6:25 a.m. and 6:55 a.m. trains from Richmond Hill due to flooding on the tracks. There will be limited GO Bus shuttle service from Richmond Hill and Langstaff to a neighboring GO Station.
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VOTE IN FAVOUR OF SPEED LIMIT DROPPING TO 30KM/H
Lower speed limits are coming to residential streets downtown and in East York starting this fall. The community council has unanimously approved the speed reduction from 40 to 30km/h for all residential streets, despite disapproval from Mayor Tory and city staff. Most of those road ways fall into the downtown and East York boroughs of the city. The bylaw did not require full council support as it only affects specific regions. Although there’s no more money earmarked to cover the more than $1M cost to change the signs, they voted to start making the changes this fall, with councillor Gord Perks saying the money can be found somewhere. Councillor Perks estimates that the change will save up to 100 lives a year.
TTC TO ELIMINATE TOKENS, TICKET COLLECTORS FOR PRESTO CARDS
The TTC will no longer be using tickets or tokens within 2-years. The transit agency wants the presto fare card system fully in place by the end of next year, allowing for a 6-month transition. Yesterday the Deputy CEO of the TTC broke the news that by the end of the month 2/5th of the current subway line will be accepting Presto cards. By the end of 2016 the TTC will stop selling tickets, then several months later, stop accepting them as currency. The presto card is already used on GO-Transit and some of the other GTA transit systems.
POLICE ARREST SUSPECTS WANTED IN SINA PARSI MURDER
Toronto police say the two suspects wanted in the murder of Sina Parsi have been arrested. They were picked up Monday night in a Niagara Falls Walmart. Shoppers had spotted the pair and called police. Parsi was last seen with the pair on June 9 at around 11:20 p.m. in the Teston Road and Highway 400 area. He was found dead on Friday, June 12 in the Jane and St. Clair area. Police said around 1 a.m. that the suspects were arrested and say Clyde Marshall and Sabrina Chouart are scheduled to appear in court at 2201 Finch Ave West later today.
SOUTH CAROLINA GOVERNOR CALLS FOR CONFEDERATE FLAG REMOVAL FROM STATE CAPITOL
There’s a huge shift in South Carolina, where in the wake of the massacre in Charleston the governor is ordering the removal of the Confederate flag from the grounds of the state capitol. The suspect in the massacre is seen with the flag in many pictures. Also dumping the Confederate flag is Walmart. The retail giant says it’s removing all merchandise from its stores that bear the symbol