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It could be the hottest day of the year – here’s what to expect. Slaying Of Cecil The Lion Sparks Massive Online Outrage. Tories close gap, but NDP still leads poll as election draws nearer. Search continues today for missing, vulnerable Vaughan man. Maple Leafs Sign Mitch Marner To 3-Year Contract
Hottest Day of The Year
We’re in for another scorcher today with temperatures expected to hit 34 degrees. Environment Canada is predicting that today will be the hottest day of the year, so far. Toronto Public Health has updated the Heat Alert to “Extreme Heat Alert.” Cooling centers will be opening at 11am. Some relief could come tonight with a chance of showers and a weak cold front moving through. It will still till be warm through the rest of the week with a high of 31 degrees tomorrow and 30 degrees on Friday. The extreme heat may affect your communities if you take GO Transit. GO says the trains have to slow down when it’s this hot to reduce impact on expanded rail.
The SPCA is reporting 19 calls involving pets locked in cars over the last two days. Once again, Toronto police are urging drivers not to leave pets or children in vehicles during the searing heat. Air conditioners are working overtime, Toronto Hydro is asking customers to limit the strain on the grid by easing up on their electricity use. Monday’s peak was about 4,100 megawatts, close to last year’s record high of about 4,200 megawatts. Environment Canada recommends keeping a lot of water around and find places to keep out of like shopping malls and general indoor facilities where there’s some relief.
Symptoms of heat illness, can include
– dizziness or fainting, nausea or vomiting
– rapid breathing and heartbeat
– extreme thirst and
– decreased urination with unusually dark yellow urine.
They say if you experience any of these symptoms, immediately move to a cool place and drink liquids, water being best.
Slaying Of Cecil The Lion Sparks Massive Online Outrage
The death of a popular Zimbabwe lion by the hands of a Minnesota dentist has ignited online outrage and has lead to the condemnation about the hunti itself. Local Zimbabwe authorities allege that Walter Palmer lured Cecil, the beloved lion, from a protected area in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, then shot him with a crossbow, killing him in early July. Zimbabwean conservationists say the American paid $50,000 for the trip, allegedly. Palmer is now being sought on poaching charges, but claims he hasn’t heard from U.S. or Zimbabwean authorities yet. Although Palmer’s actions are under investigation, lion hunting is legal in the area. Two hunters spoke to CBC News saying they didn’t know enough about Palmer’s case to comment, but defending the hunt as a way to preserve lion population and as an benefit for the local villages economically. John Martins, owner of Discount African Hunts in Florida, which specializes in African safaris, says , ”There’s a saying in Africa: if it pays, it stays.” Palmer, the avid hunter from Minnesota says he thought everything about his trip was legal and wasn’t aware of Cecil the Lion’s status “until the end of the hunt.” Palmer also has felony record in the U.S. related to the shooting a black bear in Wisconsin. U.S. court records show Palmer pleaded guilty in 2008 to making false statements to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service about the black bear he fatally shot.
POLL: Tories Close Gap But NDP Still Lead As Elections Draws Nearer
It appears the Harper Tories are gaining some ground. A new poll shows the party is in a statistical tie with the NDP. If a vote were held today, 34% would vote for the NDP and 33% would vote for the Tories. The Liberals continue to slide, dropping to 25% f decided voters.
Meantime, there’s word that the Prime Minister could launch the election-writ period by the weekend. That early election call could be an expensive decision. The 11 week campaign to vote in October would end up paying millions of dollars in extra administrative costs and tens of millions more in rebates as taxpayers subsidize tax credits for donations campaigns, parties and candidates. A typical 37-day campaign costs about $375 million.
Concern Grows For Missing Vaughan Man
Concern is mounting for a Vaughan man missing from his home since Sunday Morning. Thirty-three-year-old Mark Lorenzoni left his residence in the Major MacKenzie Drive and Islington Avenue area at 8am to go for a walk and has not been seen since. Police say they believe he may have gotten lost and that it’s unlikely he would approach a stranger to look for help. The recent hot weather is adding to their concern, as when last seen Lorenzoni was wearing a long-sleeved grey and orange shirt and black sweatpants. He is described as white, five-foot-eight, 140 pounds, with a thin build, short dark-brown hair, and brown eyes. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 866-876-5423 or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).
Maple Leafs Sign Mitch Marner To 3-Year Contract
The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed forward Mitch Marner to a three-year entry-level contract. The Leafs selected Marner, and 18-year old winger, with the fourth overall pick in last month’s NHL entry draft. Marner finished second in Ontario Hockey League scoring last season with 4 goals and 126 points in 63 games with The London Knights