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New rules for HOV lanes go into effect today. Bank of Greece recommends banks remain closed, restrictions on transactions. Escaped New York prisoner shot and in custody. Toronto Pride parade sees politicians, celebrities unite despite downpours. Outbreak of salmonella infections linked to frozen raw breaded chicken products.
PAN AM HOV LANES START TODAY
The day many drivers in the GTA have been dreading is finally here. The Pan Am HOV lanes go live today starting at 5 a.m. until 11 p.m. daily until August 18. HOV lanes usually require at least two people in the car, but the new Pan Am HOV lanes increase the minimum to three occupants until July 28 then 2 for the Parapan games starting July 28. To combat the gridlock, Games organizers are asking residents in the GTHA to work from home or change up their schedule to avoid rush-hour commutes. Drivers caught using the HOV lanes improperly will cost them a $110 ticket and three demerit points, according to the Ministry of Transportation. The lanes will be open to emergency vehicles, accredited Pan Am vehicles, buses and licensed taxis. Already this morning there have been several crashes on city highways causing major delays.
GREECE SHUTS DOWN BANKS TO PREVENT COLLAPSE
Banks are closed in Greece and ATM’s there are allowing for withdrawals of only $81 to prevent a further run on the currency, amid fears the banks and the country are going belly-up. It appears Greece will default tomorrow on a $2.1 billion loan payment to their international monetary fund, which could force the European Union to boot them out of the organization.
ESCAPED NEW YORK PRISONER SHOT AND IN CUSTODY
Officials in New York State confirmed on Sunday that they have shot and arrested escaped convict David Sweat. His accomplice Richard Matt was shot and killed by U.S. Customs Agent earlier this week. Sweat was found heading closer to the U.S. Canada border in the town of Constable. New York State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico says Sweat was shot by Sgt. Jay Cook, who shot him twice in the torso after commanding Sweat tried to flee. Sweat was taken to hospital, and is in stable condition. Governor Andrew Cuomo applauded the police work involved, saying the “nightmare is finally over.” This marks the end of 22 day man hunt since the pair escaped from a maximum security prison.
TORONTO PRIDE SEE POLITICIANS & CELEBS DESPITE RAIN
Despite the cold, wet rain, the annual Pride Parade pushed through the streets of downtown Toronto. Mayor John Tory, Premier Kathleen Wynne, PC leader Patrick Brown, NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair, and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau were among the hundreds marching in the parade, with hundreds of thousands watching from the sides. Pop star Cyndi Lauper and Toronto-born filmmaker David Furnish, also husband to Elton John were among the grand marshals. Others included Russia’s Pussy Riot, Bollywoood Actress Celina Jaitly, and YouTube star and youth ambassador Brendan Jordan. Toronto’s Pride Week is one of the largest organized gay festivals in the world, and is known as one of the largest cultural festivals in North America.
OUTBREAK OF SALMONELLA LINKED TO FROZEN RAW BREADED CHICKEN PRODUCTS
Health Canada are releasing a statement on Sunday, reminding Canadians to take proper safety precautions when cooking frozen chicken products. The statement comes after the Public Health Agency tracked 44 cases of salmonella illnesses to four different provinces, including Ontario, which saw 28 cases. According to Public Health, 12 people have been hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported. The individuals became sick between February 7 and May 23, 2015. Their investigation so far found exposure to frozen raw breaded chicken products has emerged as a source of illness. Other provinces include Quebec, with 12 cases, Nova Scotia, two cases, and Newfoundland and Labrador, two cases. For more information on salmonella, click here.