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Province releases Pan Am Games numbers. Kanye West smashes mic after technical problems at Pan Am closing ceremonies. Toronto’s mayor wants proper consultation before possible Olympics bid. Eve Adams loses Liberal nomination bid in Eglinton-Lawrence. GTA bracing for first possible heatwave of 2015.+**HOV lanes open up to vehicles with 2 occupants starting Tuesday**Bobbi Kristina Brown dies at 22.**
Kanye West Smashes Mic After Technical Problems At Closing Ceremonies
Close to 40,000 fans were on hand at Rogers Centre for the closing ceremonies at the Pan Am games. Kayne West lived up to his hype until tossing his microphone into the air and walking off stage after becoming frustrated with a faulty mic during his closing song. He then walked off the stage as the crowd called for him to come back, it didn’t end up happening. Also performing at the ceremonies were Pittbull and Canadian Serena Ryder. Canada celebrates its best finish at the Pan Am games with 217 medals and 78 gold. That was good enough for a second place finish behind the Americans who earned 265. The success of the Pan Games in Toronto now has the Canadian Olympic committee making a bid for the summer games in 2024.
Province Puts Out Pan Am Numbers
The Pan Am Games may have come to a close Sunday night, but the games are still being called a great success story. The Province has released some numbers associated with the games, which were the most successful ever for this country. Team Canada won a record 217 medals, putting it in second place in overall count, and 78 of those were gold. Ontario athletes won 109 medals. Of those, 40 were gold, 33 silver and 36 were bronze. As well, more than 1 million tickets were sold for the various events, and more than 1 million people attended celebrations at 7 sites. Over 23, 000 volunteers welcomed 7, 100 athletes and officials from 41 countries and territories, and about 250, 000 visitors from around the globe. More than 85% said they were satisfied with their transportation over the last couple of weeks. GO buses using HOV lanes regularly arrived ahead of schedule, and over 95% of Games vehicles arrived on or ahead of schedule. And travel times in the other lanes improved as drivers adapted. The Province also says the Games are expected to create 26,000 jobs and boost Ontario’s real GDP by $3.7 billion from 2009 to 2017. Ontario will again be hosting top athletes from around the world from August 7 to 15, for the Parapan Am Games. About 3,200 athletes and officials from 28 countries and territories will compete in 16 sports.
Toronto Eyeing 2024 Olympic Summer Games
It appears Toronto’s chances of hosting the Summer Games in 2024 could be on the rise. The success of the 2015 Pan Am Games could be what gives officials and organizers another look at giving the most prominent sporting event to the city. Despite added HOV lanes and slumping ticket sales, the Pan Am Games have proven that Toronto would be a good destination for the Olympics. Critics say a winning bid would not only improve the city’s chances, but bring added developments to the waterfront, transit infrastructure and revive highways in and around the GTA. The head of the Canadian Olympic committee Marcel Aubut says the time is now for Toronto to make a push for the summer games. Toronto has made previous attempts to host the Olympics in 1996 and 2004, but obviously both bids fell short. Toronto’s mayor came out this morning to say he’s is in no rush to decide if Toronto should bid for the 2024 Olympics. John Tory said that although the Pan Am Games were a success, it doesn’t mean we should rush into a decision. Tory wants proper consultation before making the decision of bidding for the 2024 Summer Olympics. A letter of interest needs to be submitted by September 15th.
Eve Adams Loses Liberal Nomination
Rough day for Liberal candidate Eve Adams, in the Eglinton-Lawrence nomination vote for the Liberals. After facing some heckling from an audience during her address prior to Sundays vote, Adams took it on the chin, soundly beaten by lawyer Marco Mendicino who received just over 800 more votes. Adams joined the Liberals in February after her former party, the Conservatives told her she would not be allowed to run as a candidate in the upcoming federal election due to “misconduct” during the Oakville / North Burlington nomination campaign. Adams was welcomed personally into the Liberal fold by Leader Justin Trudeau and invited to run in Eglinton-Lawrence. Mendicino, 42, a former prosecutor for almost 10 years, will now face off against Tory Finance Minister Joe Oliver in the election, this fall.
Hottest Week of Summer Expected For GTA
This is slated to be the hottest week of the year across Toronto and the GTA with temperatures as high as the mid 30’s. The humidex is also expected to be in the 40’s for the majority of the week and according to Environment Canada we won’t get any relief until the temp dips down to the high 20’s by weeks end. Meteorologist Steve Knott recommends that we drink lots of water and juices to keep ourselves hydrated and dress accordingly with shorts, t-shirts and tang-tops in order to keep ourselves cool while outside in the heat. Otherwise, if you plan to stay indoors, air conditioning and fans are good options to beat the heat.
HOV lanes open up to vehicles with 2 occupants starting Tuesday
Although the Pan Am Games are now over, motorists still have to wait until Tuesday before restrictions for using HOV lanes are loosened to vehicles with 2 occupants.
Bobbi Kristina Brown dies at 22
Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of two of the biggest singers of the 90s has died six months after being found face down in a bathtub at her home in Atlanta. The 22-year-old was the only child of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown.