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Premier Says Hov Lanes Could Eventually Become Toll Lanes. Ashley Madison Hackers Release First Victims Information. OPP Warn Internet Cameras Can Be Hacked. NDP Open To Coalition Government With Liberals To Take Down Tories. Hydro One Faces Lawsuit Worth $125 Million. Loblaw Closing 52 Stores Over the Next Year. +**Beaches Jazz Festival Gets Underway.**It’s National Hot Dog Day.**
Premier Says Hov Lanes Could Eventually Become Toll Lanes
Premier Wynne says the province will apply lessons learned from the temporary Pan Am HOV lanes to eventually create toll lanes. She says the Pan Am lanes won’t become permanent but but they’ll likely return in the form of toll lanes. Wynne says the Liberals have made it clear they intend to create toll lanes that would let drivers without any passengers pay to use HOV lanes normally reserved for vehicles with at least one passenger. The money from the new toll lanes would be an important source of revenue to help fund the Liberals $130-billion, 10-year transit and infrastructure plan. Mayor John Tory says the city will have to decide whether to toll lanes on the municipally governed Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway, but the 235 kilometres of temporary HOV lanes will be removed after the Games end in August. Tory says the city will wait until the province decides where its new toll lanes will go so the two governments could create what he calls a sensible network for drivers.
Ashley Madison Hackers Release First Victims Information
A man from Massachusetts is among the unlucky members of Ashley Madison revealed by hackers. There’s also a man from Mississauga who has made the list of fantasies that were revealed and his profile pic was also posted. The attack, which was announced on Monday, had the personal information of 37 million members. Hackers threatened to release the private data unless ashleymadison.com was completely shut down.
OPP Warn About Hackers
The OPP are warning those with internet cameras to be on the lookout for hackers. According to officers, an eerie incident took place in Middlesex Centre at the beginning of July. A parent in that area reports that while they were putting their child to sleep on a rocking chair, a voice whispered that they were being watch through their net cam. It’s been confirmed by the home’s internet provider that the computer belonging to the resident was indeed hacked. The OPP confirm that security cameras are vulnerable to hackers due to an option that is accidentally used by default.
NDP Could Form Coalition with Liberals
The NDP’s say, if they don’t win a majority government in the election this October, they’ll look to form a coalition with the federal Liberals. This is a move to ensure that the Harper Conservatives are not in power. According to the NDP’s Nathan Cullen, the Liberals have somewhat rejected the idea, but he feels they’ll warm up to it, if the Tories do indeed pull ahead. Latest poll figures show the NDP and PC’s are in a statistical tie with 31 per cent backing and the Liberals trail at 27 per cent.
Hydro One Faces Lawsuit Worth $125 Million
Hydro One is now facing a class action lawsuit of $125 million for allegedly following its billing errors and account practices. The provinces ombudsman claims that close to 100,000 households were subject to the improper practices since May 2013. Customers affected have filed complaints after dealing with major billing errors. Officials with Hydro One say all of the issues have now been resolved.
Loblaw Closing 52 Stores Over the Next Year
Canada’s largest grocery Loblaw Companies Ltd announcing today they will be closing 52 stores over the next year. The move would reduce sales by nearly 230 million dollars but would cut operating costs annually by 35-40 million. The company’s quarterly consolidated sales are up 2.2% over the same period of time last year.
Beaches Jazz Festival Gets Underway
The Beaches Jazz Festival will be underway this week from July 23rd to July 25th. Queen Street East will be closed from Woodbine Avenue to Beech Avenue from 6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. each of those nights. There will be a number of events and workshops will also be made available for those in attendance. For more information you can click here.
National Hot Dog Day
Grab a wiener, it’s National Hot Dog Day here in Canada! For those who just want the simple straight up hot dog, Fancy Franks on College Street will be giving away free hot dogs between noon and 6pm. But with Toronto going through a boom among gourmet hot dog joints, you can get more than a steamed dog with mustard. Some choices include toppings like kimchee and Korean beef ribs. Another has feta, olives and tomatoes and there’s the hot dog with peanut butter and jam.