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Police Remind Motorists To Obey The Move Over Law. Hundreds Busted for HOV Infractions. Spending Up In The City During Pan Am Games. Blue Jays Acquire Ace David Price In Trade With Tigers. What’s Open and Closed on Holiday Monday. +**Ontario And Ottawa To Field $100M For Toyota Expansion. **Polls Shows Residents Want Control of Hydro One.**
Police Remind Motorists To Obey The Move Over Law
With the long weekend upon us, the OPP are reminding motorists to obey the Move Over Law. The law requires drivers to move over one lane if possible when an emergency vehicle is parked on the side of the highway, tow trucks will also be covered under the law this coming fall. Fines ranging from $400 to $2,000 are handed out to drivers who fail to obey the law and so far this year, 763 charges have been laid. The family of an OPP officer who was killed on the side of the 401 in 2000 will be present at an education campaign regarding the law at Canada’a Wonderland on Friday. Sergeant Margaret Eve of the Chatham-Kent Detachment was critically injured when a tractor-trailer crashed into her police cruiser. She was transported to hospital where she died two days later.
Hundreds Busted for HOV Infractions
That’s a lot of infractions. A total of 1,735 tickets for improper use of temporary high-occupancy lanes have been handed out over the past few weeks, according to police. Officials say another 2,000 tickets were issued along the Games road network for other Highway Traffic Act infractions between June 29th and July 26th. There could be more to come as well as HOV lanes will remain in place until August 18th, just a few days after the Parapan Am Games leave town. The lanes were the source of much public griping before and during the Games, and transportation officials admitted early on that the average commute into Toronto was longer as a result.
Spending Up In The City During Pan Am Games
A report has found that spending was up in downtown Toronto during the Pan Am Games. The study carried out by payment processing company Moneris found that people spent nearly eight per cent more between July 10 and 26 compared with the same period last year. The entertainment industry was the big winner with attractions such as museums, theatres and movie theatres, bowling alleys and golf courses seeing an increase of just over 53 per cent. The hotel industry also benefiting with spending up by about eight per cent overall while fast food sales in the city jumped by 22.14 per cent.
Blue Jays Acquire Ace David Price In Trade With Tigers
Alex Anthopolous has done it again. The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired ace pitcher David Price from the Detroit Tigers. with the club reportedly sending their top prospect, left-hander Daniel Norris, to Detroit as part of the deal. Price won the Cy Young Award as the American League’s top pitcher in 2012 with the Tampa Bay Rays. The 29-year-old is 9-4 this season with a 2.53 earned-run average. Price is a pending free agent who will command a hefty price this off-season.
What’s Open and Closed on Holiday Monday
The second last long weekend of the summer, which is known as the Civic Day weekend, is among us and it’s slated to be a busy one around the city.
Some of the events taking place around the city are:
Here’s what’s open and closed:
- Toronto Islands and ferries
- Pools, splash pads and golf courses operated by the city. (For more information click here)
- Tourist attractions (Ontario Science Centre, ROM,Toronto Zoo, Ripley’s Aquarium)
- Malls (Eaton Centre, Yorkdale, Fairview, Sherway Gardens, Vaughan Mills, Square One)
- Movie theaters
- Riverdale Farm
- High Park Zoo
- Select Beer Store locations (For more information click here)
- LCBO (378 stores across the province will be open. To find your store click here)
- All Toronto Public Library branches
- Government offices
Ontario And Ottawa To Field $100M For Toyota Expansion
In a move that further suggests an election campaign will get underway this weekend, the Federal Government have moved an announcement regarding a funding injection for Toyota forward. The Feds along with the Provincial Government have teamed up to provide financial assistance to help the car manufacturer expand its operation in the province and secure 8,000 jobs at Toyota’s Ontario plants. The funding worth worth a total of $100 million was due to be announced on August 7th but it will instead take place on Friday morning. Sources suggest this is down to the expectation that a federal election will be called on Sunday.
Polls Shows Residents Want Control of Hydro One
According to a provincial poll, close to three-quarters of the residents in Ontario would like Hydro One to remain under the public’s control. The Pollara Poll indicates that the provincial Liberals are looking to sell off at least 60 per cent. Premiere Kathleen Wynne says that $4 billion from the sale will go towards funding transit and infrastructure around the province.