5 Things To Know Today
Donaldson, Bautista hurt as Jays fall to Rangers in Game 1 of ALDS. Seatbelt use a concern for OPP heading into long weekend blitz. What’s open/closed this long weekend. Advance polls open at noon. Labatt buys Toronto-based Mill Street Brewery.
Donaldson, Bautista Hurt as Jays Fall to Rangers in Game 1 of ALDS
More than 50,000 people packed the Rogers Centre for the the first MLB playoff game in Toronto in more than two decades and every single one of them left the stadium disappointed. The Jays were dropped by the Rangers 5-3 to open the ALDS. Manager John Gibbons is not overly worried though, especially with such a quick turn around into game two. No word yet on whether Josh Donaldson will suit up for the Jays after taking a knee to the head during a slide to second base in game one. Jose Bautista was also removed from the line up after a slight hamstring pull, but the right fielder seems goo dot go. Today Marcus Stroman goes up against Cole Hammels – first pitch is set for 12:45pm.
OPP Launch Traffic Blitz Over Thanksgiving Weekend
Thanksgiving weekend is upon us and that means a number of things, including time well spent with annoying relatives. It also means a heavier police presence. The OPP are launching project impact, which will run through the holiday long weekend. OPP will be looking for what they call the “Big 4.” That’s distracted drivers, impaired and aggressive drivers, and ensuring proper use of seat belts. So far this year, officers have investigated 227 road deaths, with the Big 4 factoring in 170 of them. Speeding and distracted driving led the way, each having played a role in 48 road deaths. OPP are also approaching the end of their annual fall seat belt campaign, and have already laid nearly 5, 000 charges for drivers or passengers who were not properly strapped in.
What’s Open/Closed This Long Weekend
With Thanksgiving coming up fast, it’s best you pick up what you need before Monday since it won’t be business as usual. Grocery stores will keep their doors closed on Monday, along with LCBO and Beer Stores, most retailers, Banks, the Post Office, and Government offices. But if you’ve just had enough of eating and hanging out with family on Monday, there are a few options. The Eaton Centre will be open, along with Vaughan Mills and the Pacific Mall, and some retailers along Yonge Street close to the Eaton Center which classify as a “designated tourist area.” Tourist attractions such as the Toronto Zoo, Ontario Science Centre, and the ROM will be open as well asCanada’s Wonderland. TTC and GO Transit will be operating on holiday schedules. As for the weather this long weekend, it looks like it will be very pleasant. Sunny conditions are expected both Saturday and Sunday, with highs of 15 and 20. And you can slip on your elastic-waist band shorts for Thanksgiving Monday; partly sunny with a high of 21.
Advance Polls Open at Noon
The Harper Tories are expected to release their full platform today. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has several events scheduled in the Vancouver are today and it’s unclear exactly when and where he’ll lift the Conservative curtain. NDP leader Tom Mulcair will also unveil his party’s full platform today at an event in Montreal. The Liberal’s Justin Trudeau is making a campaign stop in Toronto before heading north for two days in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Meanwhile, advanced voting starts today at noon and will be open daily from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. right through the long weekend. This is the first time in a federal election that the advance voting period has been extended to four day from three. The address for advance polling stations can be found on the back of the voter information card.
Labatt Buys Toronto-Based Mill Street Brewery
Canadian beer company Labatt Breweries is buying Toronto-based Mill Street Brewery for an undisclosed amount as it looks to gain a bigger stake in the burgeoning craft beer market. The acquisition of Mill Street will help Labatt expand the craft label into new markets, including Quebec, executives told the press prior to the official announcement. Labatt also says they are planning to invest $10 million into the company’s brewery operations.