5 Things To Know
New blocks of tickets being released for Pan Am Games ‘high-demand’ events. Rolling lane closures for Pan Am Games. Mayor Tory set to meet with Uber and taxi officials. Greeks vote to reject bailout proposal. USA victory over Japan in Women’s World Cup final +/ Leafs, Kadri reach one-year, $4.1M deal / Raptors sign Joseph to four-year, $30M deal.
NEW BLOCKS OF TICKETS BEING RELEASED FOR “HIGH-DEMAND” PAN AM EVENTS
Organizers for the Pan AM Games have indicated that there will be new tickets made available at 11 a.m. today (Monday) for some of the events that are in high demand. According to TO2015, there are now small blocks of tickets for some of the events that were sold out such as, opening ceremonies, football, basketball, equestrian as well as diving and athletics. Spectators have already purchased 750,000 out of a million tickets that were available for more than a hundred events. The first events for the games take place on Tuesday, July 7th with water polo, despite the fact that the games opening ceremonies are on Friday, July 10th. The polo match will take place between Mexico and the USA and Canada will play Brazil in the premilinary at the Markham Pan AM Centre at noon (Tuesday). Synchronized swimming will get underway on Thursday, July 9th.
ROLLING LANE CLOSURES FOR PAN AM GAMES TORCH RELAY
The torch relay for the Pan Am Games will continue in Toronto on Monday. Rolling lane closures will begin at 10:30 a.m. There will be portions of the route where the torch will be moved in a vehicle convoy. The portion of the route where the torch is carried will require lane closures. These rolling lane closures will include:
– southbound on Woodfield Drive to Queen Street East
– westbound Queen Street East to Broadview Avenue
– northbound on Broadview Avenue to Dundas Street East
– westbound Dundas Street East to 640 Dundas Street East (Regent Park Aquatic Centre)
– westbound Queen Street East to Parliament Street
– northbound Parliament Street to Gerrard Street East
– northbound from Millwood/ Leaside Bridge To Overlea Boulevard
– eastbound on Overlea Boulevard to Thorncliffe Park Drive
– southbound to 48 Thorncliffe Park Drive (Thorncliffe Library)
– northbound on Thorncliffe Drive to Overlea Boulevard
– eastbound Overlea Boulevard to Don Mills Road
– northbound Don Mills Road to Gateway Boulevard
– eastbound to Gateway Boulevard to Grenoble Drive
– northbound then Eastbound on Grenoble Drive to Deauville Lane
– northbound on Deauville Lane to St. Dennis Drive
– westbound St. Dennis Drive to Don Mills Road
– northbound Colborne Lodge Road from Centre Road to Bloor Street West
– westbound Queensway Avenue from Royal York Road to Atomic Avenue
– southbound Browns Line from Evans Avenue to Lakeshore Boulevard
– eastbound Lakeshore Boulevard to 3199 Lakeshore Boulevard (Humber College)
All rolling lane closures will be a single lane and motorists are asked to show additional caution along the route.
MAYOR TORY SET TO MEET WITH UBER & TAXI OFFICIALS
Mayor John Tory has called for a meeting between Uber and officials with the taxi industry. The meeting is slated to take place this morning at 9 a.m. This comes just days after an Ontario Supreme Court judge dismissed a claim by both the City of Toronto and cabbies who say Uber needs to follow taxi regulations. CEO of Co-op Cabs, Peter Zahakos says they’ve been trying to get the mayor to adhere to the issue for months now over the fact that there are two sets of rules for those in the taxi industry and Uber. Zahakos warns that Toronto could see a situation where there are no holds barred, meaning taxi drivers could start making up their own rules to compete with ride sharing programs.
GREEKS VOTE “NO” IN BAILOUT REFERENDUM
The people of Greece have voted overwhelmingly in favour of rejecting the terms of the bailout and possibly risking financial ruin. 61% of Greeks voted ‘No’ compared with 39% for “yes”. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras supported the outcome, saying the “no” result shows that “democracy won’t be blackmailed.” Petros Doukas, the former deputy treasury secretary of Greece, says the Greek PM will have his work cut out for him. “We can not import raw materials to build our exports sector, and tourism has problems with cancellations.” Critics say a “No” vote would likely mean more uncertainty and added financial hardship for Greece. Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis says he hopes Greeks reject today’s referendum. “The only way to put together a viable deal that is mutually beneficial for us and the European Union is with a no.”
USA VICTORY OVER JAPAN IN WOMEN’S WORLD CUP FINAL
Not much of a rematch from 2011 but the American women are World Cup champs. The U.S. stuck it to defending champion Japan with four goals in the opening 16 minutes, en route to a 5-2 win. Carli Lloyd scored a hat-trick for the U.S.
Leafs, Kadri reach one-year, $4.1M deal
The Maple Leafs want to see how Nazem Kadri plays under new head coach Mike Babcock, inking the centre to a one year deal worth $4.1 million.
Raptors sign Joseph to four-year, $30M deal
The Toronto Raptors have lost NBA Sixth Man of the Year Lou Williams, as he has a signed a 3-year deal worth $21 million with the Los Angeles Lakers. Williams averaged a career high with 15.5 points per game off the bench last season. He now joins former MVP Kobe Bryant in the backcourt. However, Raptors General Manager Masai Ujiri has followed through on his promise of a Canadian playing for the team, as they have signed Ajax native and Toronto-born Corey Joseph to a 4-year $30 million deal. Joseph played for the San Antonio Spurs in the 2014-2015 season averaging 2.8 points per game.