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Blue Jays Playoff Run Starts Today. Police Prepared for Jays Playoff Crowds. Temporary Road Closures For Jays Game. Latest Forum Poll Shows Liberals Ahead. 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees.
Blue Jays Playoff Run Starts Today
For the first time in more than two decades, post-season baseball will be played in Toronto. The Blue Jays open their best-of-5 American League Division series against the Texas Rangers at Rogers Centre later today. The game starts at 3:37 p.m, with former manager Cito Gaston tossing out the opening pitch, but prior to that, there will be a brief ceremony acknowledging their first AL East Division title since 1993. A sell-out crowd of about 48, 000 is expected to take in the game at the Rogers Centre, but thousands will be watching the game at the office, or leaving early to watch with friends at local bars and restaurants, or at Nathan Philips Square, which has been renamed the “Birds nest.” Toronto ace David Price takes the hill for the Blue Jays while Yovani Gallardo will start for the Rangers.
Police Prepared for Jays Playoff Crowds
Toronto is expected to be very much a “party-town” over the next few days as Jays fever takes over. Tens of thousands of people will flood local restaurants and bars as the Jays make their World Series push. And after cops and Nuit Blance attendees clashed last weekend, Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders police are ready However, Saunders says he’s not overly worried about any major incidents occurring. The chief says police have a formula for massive sporting events like this, adding that the Jays game is not what he calls a “security event.”
Temporary Road Closures For Jays Game
The Blue Jays are hosting the Texas Rangers for Game 1 of the American League Division Series Thursday afternoon, and because of the large numbers of motorists and pedestrians expected around the Rogers Centre, there will be some temporary road closures. Game time is 3:37 p.m., but restrictions will be in place before then.
– Blue Jays Way will have a partial road closure, for southbound traffic, from Front Street West to Navy Wharf
– Bremner Boulevard will have a partial road closure, for eastbound traffic, from Spadina Avenue to Rees Street
– Bremner Boulevard will have a full road closure, for eastbound traffic, from Rees Street to Lower Simcoe
– Bremner Boulevard will have a full road closure, for westbound traffic, from Lower Simcoe to Navy Wharf
Latest Forum Poll Shows Liberals Ahead
With less than 2 weeks to go before Canadians cast their votes in the Federal election, the latest numbers show support for the Liberals is growing. The Forum poll finds about 35% will vote for the Liberals, 31% for the Conservatives, 26% for the NDP, with less than 5% supporting the Green party, and Bloc Quebecois. This represents an 8% increase for the Liberals since the last poll was done late last month, and a 3% drop for the Conservatives. Numbers also show the Liberals have a slight lead in Ontario, with 38% support, over the Conservatives 35%. Comments made by the Prime Minister this week appear to be resonating with voters. Stephen Harper has said a re-elected Conservative government would look at banning the niqab for public servants. 20% of respondents say the niqab will influence their vote, but the question didn’t not specify if that would be a vote for or against Harper.
2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has released its list of nominees up for the 2016 induction. More than 800 artists and members of the music industry vote on the inductees, who will be announced some time in December. Nominees for the class of 2016 include Nine Inch Nails, N.W.A, the Smiths, Deep Purple, Janet Jackson, Chic, Steve Miller, Chicago, Chaka Khan, the Spinners, Cheap Trick, the Cars, the J.B.’s, Los Lobos and Yes. To be eligible for this year’s ballot, artists or bands must have released their first single or album no later than 1990.