5 Things To Know
Security breach at Pan Am park. The “Do’s and Don’t” list for Pan-Am games has been released. City hall to debate Woodbine gambling expansion. Cosby admitted to drugging woman in 2005. Greek government scrambles to mend relations with European creditors.
SECURITY BREACH AT PAN AM PARK
A breach in a perimeter fence was found in Pan Am Security sweep on Monday. The start of the Pan Am Games is just days away and a portion of a perimeter fence was found leaning up against a wall at Exhibition Place. Police suspect that people had been using it as a short-cut. The area is a part of Pan Am Park where about half of Toronto’s sporting events will be hosted. Pan Am security is doing a second sweep of venues as a precaution. The area of the breach has since been secured.
Pan Am organizers made a last attempt to boost sales by releasing new blocks of tickets Monday. Only about 57% of tickets have been sold as of end of day Monday. That’s fewer than 800,000 of the 1.4 million tickets.
“DO’S & DON’T” LIST FOR PAN AM GAMES
A lengthy list of items have made the conditions of entry for the Pan Am Games. Items given the thumbs up include Flags of Competing countries, Guide Dogs, & Baby formula. Among the don’ts, Glass bottles, In line Skates, Fire Arms, & Canoes. To access venues, you must possess a valid ticket and pass through security screening involving metal detection and visual inspections, which are designed to prevent prohibited and restricted items from entering the venue. Some other tips to make you experience run a little smoother include…
- Co-operate with staff at all times and follow their directions.
- Follow the spectator marshal’s instructions and move into the correct lineup.
- Spectators who are not carrying bags or who have small bags may move into express lines.
- Be prepared to empty your pockets.
- Be prepared to have your bag and the contents of your pockets inspected.
- You will be asked to go through a magnetometer (metal detector). Let the security staff know if, for medical reasons you are not comfortable doing this.
- If you have a disability, you will be directed to a separate gate.
While on-venue, if you do not comply with the applicable rules and regulations, your items may be confiscated and/or you may be asked to leave the venue.
CITY HALL TO DEBATE WOODBINE GAMBLING EXPANSION
City Council will be discussing expanded gambling at Woodbine Race Track on Tuesday. If passed, Woodbine could go from 2,000 to 5,000 slot machines, and could add 120 tables. Mayor John Tory has been vocal about the issue, particularly when it comes to a casino. He’s said he’s in favour of the expansion if it will lead to a casino and other entertainment development projects being built in the northwestern area, which according to the Toronto Star, has seen its employment rate decline by 26% over the last decade. Councillor Mike Layton is among those who think that economic development would be valuable in the neighborhood, but thinks a casino would have a negative impact in the long run, suggesting it would suck money out of the local economy. Deputy Mayor Denzil Minnan-Wong, as well as Councillors James Pasternak and Paul Ainslie have told reporters they will be voting against the expansion.
COSBY ADMITTED TO DRUGGING WOMAN IN 2005
Some scathing documents are out and have Bill Cosby back in the spotlight. Laqyers for some of the numerous women suing Bill for sexual misconduct are seizing on newly-released documents for a 2005 deposition in which the comedian said he secured qualudes to give women he wanted to sleep with. The documents also show Cosby said under oath that he gave three half-pills of Benadryl to at least one woman. AP says they went to court, compelling the release of the documents against the wishes of Cosby’s lawyer, who objected on the grounds it would embarrass Cosby. The lawsuit was filed by a former Temple University employee. The case was settled in 2006, for undisclosed terms. The 77-year-old has been accused of sexual misconduct by over two dozen women, with cases spanning four decades. Cosby has never been criminally charged, and most of the accusations are barred by statues of limitations.
GREEK GOVERNMENT SCRAMBLES TO MEND RELATIONS WITH EUROPEAN CREDITORS
Despite what some call a triumphant win in a popular vote against austerity, Greece’s government is scrambling to mend relations with European creditors. Greek lawmakers trying to heal ties with its European creditors, after word the Eurpoean Central bank won’t release extra emergency funds to the struggling country. Time is running out for a bailout deal. Some investors hope the resignation of Yanis Varoufakis on Monday may well help smooth negotiations. Economists believe if the country can’t secure a financial rescue deal, it could fall out of the eurozone. “It seems untenable that Greece can slide out of the Eurozone with barely a whimper being heard in financial markets, but right now that’s what it looks like,” said Tony Cross, market analyst at Trustnet Direct. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is expected to reveal proposals to the country’s creditors. Meanwhile the situation in Greece provided political fuel in Canada’s parliament as Conservatives and NDP used questions about Greece’s future to attack one another on their economic platforms. Tom Mulcair made comments about his belief that the Canadian government should have given money to a global fund to prop up faltering European banks.