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Maple Leafs Star Season Tonight With Lowered Expectations. Jays Tickets for ALCS Up For Grabs. Tory Government Would Consider Ban of Niqab For Public Servants. Conservative Candidate Dumped For Supporting Gay Conversion Therapy. Kathleen Wynne to Meet Chinese Communist Party Official in Closed Door Meetings.+**Volkswagen to Begin Emissions Recall in January.**
Maple Leafs Star Season Tonight With Lowered Expectations
It’s that time of year again. The NHL regular season opens Wednesday night, with 4 games including an original 6 match up. The Leafs are hosting the Canadiens at the Air Canada Centre to kick off the Mike Babcock era in Toronto. Jonathan Bernier gets the start in net. It’s likely Carey Price will start for the Habs. The Leafs are hoping to get off on the right skate, having finished 27th in the overall standings last season. To get fans in the spirit, a rally is being held in Maple Leaf Square Wednesday afternoon. And for those who don’t have a ticket for the first game of the 2015-2016 season, the game will also be shown on the big screen outside the ACC. Expectations are certainly not high for the Leafs who lost their last 5 preseason games. In fact, Vegas betting has Toronto as 100 to 1 odds to win the Stanley Cup this season. The defending champions, the Chicago Blackhawks have the best odds to repeat at 6 to 1.
Jays Tickets for ALCS Up For Grabs
While there are no guarantees, Toronto Blue Jays fans will once again get a chance to buy playoff tickets. Jays tickets for round two of the playoffs will be available to the general public through both the team’s website and via phone, starting at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday morning. Tickets for the four ALCS home games will range from $100.00 to $750.00 Fans who manage to get through will have to keep their fingers crossed the Jays get by The Texas Rangers in the ALCS with game on on tap Thursday afternoon.
Tory Government Would Consider Ban of Niqab For Public Servants
Fresh after losing the latest court challenge to ban people from wearing a niqab during citizenship ceremonies, the Prime Minister is fighting back. Stephen Harper says a re-elected Conservative government would look at banning public servants from wearing the niqab, a move which “the vast majority of Canadians are behind.” Premier Kathleen Wynne believes the niqab is being used by Harper as a wedge ahead of the upcoming election. Wynne says Harper is trying to divide voters with an issue which only affects a very small number of people. Ottawa now wants to take the issue to the Supreme Court of Canada.
Conservative Candidate Dumped For Supporting Gay Conversion Therapy
Meanwhile, another Conservative official is finding himself in some hot water this morning. The Mississauga-Malton candidate is defending therapies that attempt to turn gays straight. Jagdish Grewal wrote an editorial in a Punjabi newspaper earlier this year that referred to homosexuality as “unnatural behaviour” and heterosexuals as “normal.” Grewal’s article in the Punjabi Post was titled, “Is it wrong for a homosexual to become a normal person?” The article was refferring to an NDP private member’s bill passed in the Ontario legislature in June that removed public funding for services to “change or direct the sexual orientation or gender identity of a patient.” The Conservatives quickly put out a statement saying Jagdish Grewal is no longer the Conservative candidate in Mississauga-Malton. The Tories are saying his views do not reflect the party’s.
Kathleen Wynne to Meet Chinese Communist Party Official in Closed Door Meetings
A rather flustered Premier Kathleen Wynne was doing a bit of damage control yesterday after agreeing to bar all media from all three events she had scheduled today with a communist party official from China. When asked to give reasons for banning the media, Wynne was a little lost for words. Her staff said they would try to open “one” of her events with the communist officials to the media.
Volkswagen to Begin Emissions Recall in January
December next year – that’s when Volkswagen is hoping to have all vehicles affected by that massive recall fixed. Volkswagen’s new Chief Executive says that a recall of cars with software at the centre of the emissions-rigging scandal should start in January of 2016. According to the automaker, up to 11 million vehicles worldwide, across several VW brands contain the diesel engine with the software used to cheat on US emissions tests.