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Second security breach revealed on Pan Am site. Pan Am road closures have begun. Protesters gather outside Pan Am Economic and Climate Summits. Gas prices down 4 cents in the GTA. Ciniplex shrinks it soft drinks sizes, gets rid of the massive cup size.
SECOND SECURITY BREACH REVEALED ON PAN AM SITE
A day after dealing with a security breach near Pan Am Park, police disclosed a second incident at the Athletes Village. The latest issue occurred over the weekend when a woman rode her bike through the Athletes’ Village via an emergency exit at the perimeter, before the venue was opened. Yesterday, police had to tighten up perimeter fencing and conduct another security sweep near Pan Am park after a piece went missing. Organizers say the hole in the security fence was discovered during a routine inspection but officials don’t believe the issue poses a security threat. Police say they believe the hole in the fence was being used as a shortcut and they don’t believe there was criminal intent.
PAN AM ROAD CLOSURES HAVE BEGUN
With thousands of athletes now in town, you can expect rolling road closures for the Pan Am games. The Lakeshore will shut down on from Strachan to Parkside from 10 to 11 on Tuesday. The closure is to accommodate triathletes checking out the course. Other closures will begin on Thursday as the torch will make it’s way downtown from Pearson for the opening ceremony. Road closures include roadways around Rogers Centre, the exhibition, Lakeshore boulevard, and High Park. See specific road closures, times and dates here. City officials and Pan Am organizers are encouraging residents and tourists to take transit, as it is free for anyone who has a ticket to an event on that day.
PROTESTERS GATHER OUTSIDE PAN AM & CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCES
Protesters are hoping to disrupt a major climate change conference getting underway in Toronto Wednesday. The two-day Climate Summit of the Americas is taking place at the Royal York Hotel. Organizers of the protest set up a facebook page saying thousands would attend the protests but as of 8 a.m. only 50 or 60 showed up. One group of protesters marched to the hotel from Berczy park and many downtown streets were blocked temporarily. Speakers at the summit include former Mexican President Felipe Calderon and former U.S. vice-president Al Gore.
GAS PRICES DOWN 4 CENTS IN GTA
Now’s a good time to fill up. As revealed by Gasbuddy.com‘s Dan McTeague, gas prices dropped 4 cents a litre overnight. “The average price is down from $1.219 to about $1.179, something not seen in a few weeks” according to McTeague. The financial crisis in Greece and the dumping of commodity futures are the main reasons for the drop. McTeague also says there are signs of a market rally on the energy commodities which could put the price up a cent by Thursday.
CINIPLEX SHRINKS IT’S SOFT DRINK SIZES
Cineplex is shrinking their soft drink sizes at its theatres across the country and while the massive large cup will disappear, moviegoers will still pay the large price for a 12 ounce smaller drink. The movie chain says it has decided to shrink its largest drink size as part of a countrywide reduction in cup sizes to accommodate for the higher costs of running its business. Under the changes, a large drink will assume the size of the former regular drink – 32 ounces, down from 44 ounces. A regular soft drink will be reduced to 24 ounces versus 32 ounces previously. A small drink is unchanged at 16 ounces.