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Heat warning issued for Toronto and GTA. HOV lane restrictions down to two occupants. Poll suggests Torontonians in favor of Olympic bid. Chow to return to federal politics in fall election. Jays-Rockies swap shortstops in all star trade.+** More than 100 protesters shut down Allen Road.**
Heat Warning Issued for Toronto and GTA
It’s been a few years since Toronto go this hot. The high temperature today is expected to get up to 33 degrees, close to the all-time high for the day of 34.4 degrees Celsius set back in 1941. The humidity will make it feel closer to 40 degrees. The temperatures are expected to be above 30 degrees for the next several days.
With the heat warning comes a reminder from police and animal welfare people to make sure your pets stay cool. York Regional Police say yesterday, when the temperature got up to 31.7 degrees Celsius, the got 5 reports of animals left in cars in parking lots over 2.5 hour period. A pet owner was charged in at least one of the incidents.
HOV Lane Restrictions Down To Two Occupants
The much maligned HOV lanes are still in effect as we get ready for the Para-pan am games. However, drivers get a break, vehicle occupancy falls to just two people as of Tuesday. Users were restricted to a minimum of at least three occupants during the Pan Am games. Lane remained restricted on Monday to alleviate the congestion of athletes, families and officials making their exodus from the city. HOV lanes will be taken down at the end of the Parapan Am Games on the 15th.
Poll Suggests Torontonians In Favour of Olympic Bid
A Toronto bid for the 2024 is looking good. The U.S. Olympic Committees front runner for the games dropped out on Monday. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh pulled the plug on a Boston hosted games worried about cost overruns. Meanwhile the Toronto Star says a Forum Research poll says 61 per cent of Torontonians are in favour of the city making a bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics. A poll of residents on the weekend revealed around six in 10 said “yay” to a push for the games, 30% opposed and 9% not sure. Support was low among older adults. Mayor John Tory said a “broad consultation” will be held on the question with city council members, residents, businesses and others. The deadline to submit an application to the Olympics is September 15th. Toronto had an unsuccessful bid for the 2008 Olympics, losing out to Beijing.
Many of those opposed to bids for sporting events point to wasted money. Case in point: Pan Am Games officials confirm in May and June – before the games even started – they spent roughly $10,000 on car washes, having a fleet of 1200 brand new vehicles washed and detailed, even though many just sitting unused in parking lot.
Chow To Return to Federal Politics In Fall Election
Olivia Chow will announce she’s running for the NDP in the upcoming federal election, on Tuesday. She’ll run in the future federal electoral district of Spadina-Fort York, one of 30 new ridings to be introduced this coming fall. The new riding covers the downtown core as well the city’s waterfront. Looks like she’ll take on Adam Vaughan who won the Trinity-Spadina riding for the Liberals, last summer. In the 2014 mayoral election, Chow finished third behind John Tory and Doug Ford, the brother of former mayor Rob Ford.
Blue Jays-Rockies Swap Shortstops In All Star Trade
He’s a five time all-star with a couple gold gloves and silver sluggers. His nickname is “Tulo” The Blue Jays new shortstop is Troy Tulowitzki, acquired for Jose Reyes and a couple minor leaguers. Tulowitzki is currently batting .300 with 12 home runs and 53 runs batted in, for Colorado. The 30 year old spending his entire career with the Rockies after being drafted by the club in 2005, seventh overall. The 32 year old Reyes moves on to his fourth club. In 69 games this season, the shortstop batted .285 with 4 homers an 34 RBI’s. Other principles in the trade, the Rockies sending 42-year-old reliever LaTroy Hawkins to the Jays. While the Rockies get reliever Miguel Castro and two minor league pitchers.
More Than 100 Protesters Shut Down Allen
The local Black Lives Matter group gathered Monday night, calling for justice in the deaths of two black men – Jermaine Carby and Andrew Loku. Black Lives Matter TO is Toronto’s chapter of the larger organization #BlackLivesMatter, a movement fighting inequality stemming from racial profiling. By 7:30, the group had shut down traffic on Eglinton at Allen Road, backing up traffic. It was cleared by 9:15 p.m. The SIU are investigating both deaths. In the case of Carby, the watchdog agency found the Peel region officer was not at fault, citing that police had feared for their lives and that Carby was wielding a knife. Carby’s family says they will be filing a civil lawsuit against the SIU and Peel Police. “SIU confirmed that police officers tampered with evidence at the scene, producing the apparent knife that Jermaine had hours after the initial investigations began.” said Yusra Ali, an organizer with Black Lives Matter- Toronto, “How are we supposed to trust a process that tells us over and over again that our lives do not even warrant a trial?” Loku was killed on July 5th after officers responded to noise complaint. Loku was allegedly holding a hammer, banging on the door of a neighbour’s apartment unit. The SIU is still investigating his death.
The group’s specific demands include:
– The immediate release of the name(s) of the officers that killed Andrew Loku and Jermaine Carby.
– Charges to be laid against the officers who killed Mr. Loku and Mr. Carby.
– A confirmation that the police officers who killed Mr. Loku and Mr. Carby are off the streets.
– The immediate and public release of any video footage from the apartment complex where Andrew Loku was murdered.
– A date, no longer than four weeks, confirming when the SIU will conclude an initial investigation.
– Monetary compensation for the families of Andrew Loku and Jermaine Carby.