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Federal Leaders Participate in First Debate. Defiant Donald Trump Dominates US Republican TV Debate. Parapan Am Games Kick Off Today. Road Closures and Weekend Events in Effect. Jon Stewart’s Final Daily Show Goodbye.
Federal Leaders Participate in First Debate
The four major party leaders took to their first federal leader’s debate in Toronto Thursday night. For the most part all four presented themselves well, but there were moments of head to head action between them. Stephen Harper’s was on the defensive with his record on the economy and the environment facing an all-out assault from all of them. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau was quick to say that Canada is in a recession, presuming the country is at risk to continue with Harper at the helm. Both Trudeau and NDP Leader Tom Mulcair mentioned consecutive deficits more than once. Green Party leader Elizabeth May attacked Prime Minister Harper for bringing in Bill C-51 saying that Canadians aren’t safe in the fight against ISIS and other terrorist groups. The main issues at the table were the economy, environment, democracy and foreign policy. The debate was full of slugs but there was no knockout, leading most to believe it endied in a draw.
Defiant Donald Trump Dominates US Republican TV Debate
Things got feisty during the Republican Presidential debate last night where Donald Trump was front and center. He didn’t back away from previous comments made about Mexicans coming into the United States, stating that he heard it from border patrol agents. Trump also stated that if he did not win the Republican nomination, he won’t promise to support the eventual party nominee and may run as an independent.
Parapan Am Games Kick Off Today
The Parapan Am games kick off today in Toronto following a five day torch relay. It will conclude at Queens Park where a celebration will be held at noon on the south end lawn of the legislature and Premier Kathleen Wynne is expected to be on hand. There are 72 athletes from across Ontario who will be participating in events such as wheelchair rugby and cycling. Opening ceremonies is set 7 p.m at York University. The Parapan Am games will be taking place between Friday, August 7th and Saturday, August 15th.
Road Closures and Weekend Events in Effect
It will be a busy weekend on the roads around the city as Taste of the Danforth and the Parapan Am games are both taking place.
Taste of the Danforth (road closures in effect from Friday August 7th to Monday 10th)
Danforth Avenue is closed both ways between Broadview Avenue and Jones Avenue from Friday, August 7th at 11 a.m. to Monday, August 10th at 3 a.m.
Parapan Am Games Opening Ceremony (Friday, August 7th at York Univeristy)
Opening ceremonies are scheduled to take place at York University starting at 7 p.m. Athletes and officials will be sent over by 120 buses from the Athletes’ Village to York University starting at 3 p.m. They will be using the temporary HOV lanes on northbound DVP and Highway 404 to Highway 407.
Parapan Am Cycling (Saturday, August 8th)
Closures for the race will be in place from 1 a.m. until 6 p.m. Sunday, August 9th to accommodate the men’s and women’s cycling road races, including setup before and after the two races. The race will be underway between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. There will also be closures on Colborne Lodge Drive, Centre Road, West Road, Spring Road and High Park Boulevard from 1 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 8th for setting up the men’s and women’s road race. The ramp from the eastbound Gardiner Expressway to Lake Shore Boulevard at Jameson Avenue will be off limits on Saturday, August 8th from 1 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The ramp from the westbound Gardiner Expressway to Lake Shore Boulevard from Dunn Avenue/Jameson Avenue will be also being shut down on Saturday, August 8th from 1 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Jon Stewart’s Final Daily Show Goodbye
The final episode of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart aired last night and the show featured the return of past correspondents, including Stephen Colbert. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played out the show and while they did, Stewart, his staff and the crowd flooded the stage, danced and sang before Stewart said his final goodbye.