5 Things To Know
Smoke from the CN Tower part of dress rehearsal for Pan Am. Pan Am games officially kick off tonight with the opening ceremony. Pan Am road closures for Friday. Price of gas on the rise again. Canada’s June unemployment number come out today, is Canada in a recession?
CN TOWER WAS NOT ON FIRE LAST NIGHT
An explosion on social media Thursday night after billowing red smoke was seen coming from atop the CN tower. Quickly Toronto Fire put out any real concerns, explaining the smoke is from a fireworks exhibition for the Pan Am Games. It was part of a dress rehearsal for the opening ceremonies tonight.
The fireworks set off from the CN Tower are part of the dress rehearsal for the Pan Am Games Opening Ceremony, as announced earlier today.— TORONTO 2015 (@TO2015) July 10, 2015
PAN AM GAMES OFFICIALLY KICK OFF TONIGHT WITH OPENING CEREMONY
You’d think it started weeks ago but the Pan Am games formally kick off tonight. at 6:45 pm. The Opening Ceremonies will take place at Rogers Centre and it will be directed and produced by Cirque du Soleil. Tickets for the ceremony will cost between $100.00 and $350.00. Special guests will include star Canadian athletes who will be appearing alongside 625 performers from 25 different countries. The ceremony is expected to last about two and a half hours and conclude at the Pan Am torch lights the iron cauldron, which is at the base of the CN Tower.
PAN AM ROAD CLOSURES FOR FRIDAY
There will be a number of temporary road closures for the Pan Am Games torch relay, as it makes its way towards its final destination for today’s opening ceremony.
The following closure will take effect from 1 p.m. to 12 a.m.:
- East and westbound lanes – Front Street between Blue Jays Way to Simcoe Street
The following closures will take effect from 3 p.m. to 12 a.m.:
- Westbound lanes on Bremner Boulevard from the Metro Toronto Convention Centre driveway to Van De Water Crescent
- Eastbound lanes on Bremner Boulevard from Van De Water Crescent to Lower Simcoe Street
- Northbound lanes on Rees Street from Lakeshore Boulevard to Bremner Boulevard
- The Rees Street chute from Lake Shore Boulevard will be closed
The following closures will take effect from 5:45 p.m. to 12 a.m.
- Front Street from Wellington Street to Cherry Street to John Street
- John Street from Wellington Street to Front Street
- Front Street from John Street to Parliament Street
- Parliament Street from Front Street to Lake Shore Boulevard
- Lake Shore Boulevard to Cherry Street
- Cherry Street from Front Street to Villiers Street
- Villiers Street in both directions from Cherry Street the Don Roadway
PRICE OF GAS ON THE RISE AGAIN
The price oF gas is once again on the upswing. Drivers will see a two cent hike this morning. Dan McTeague from GasBuddy.com says prices could jump to $1.24 per litre by tomorrow.
WILL CANADA’S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE RISE?
Extra close attention will be paid to the June employment numbers when they’re released this morning by Statistics Canada. Earlier this week, TD Bank said the country was likely in a recession in the first half of this year and economist say the June jobless figures could add credibility to TD’s assessment. In May, the national unemployment rate was 6.8% — no change from the previous three months.