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G20 Transit and Parking Restrictions

Saturday, February 23rd, 2019

Driving into and around Toronto, public transportation and parking will all be affected during the G20. Global News will post updates frequently about how these restrictions will impact Torontonians on the go.


To keep traffic flowing as efficiently as possible, a traffic management strategy has been created to guide vehicles away from the security perimeter surrounding the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Click here for full details of the G20 security zones and fences.

This perimeter is not a fence; it is the point at which vehicular traffic will engage with a Toronto Police Service officer.

Roadways within this area – bordered by King Street, Yonge Street, Queens Quay and Spadina Avenue – will experience closures or restrictions.

Anyone living, working or having a specific purpose and destination within this perimeter will not be denied access. However, this engagement with officers may take some time and those seeking access are asked to exercise patience when doing so.

Other road closures may occur to accommodate marches or protest activity. These will be communicated as soon as possible through numerous mediums.

Routes in and out of the downtown area – including the 400-series Highways, the Gardiner Expressway, the Queen Elizabeth Way and Lakeshore Boulevard – will not be closed. However, there will be intermittent restrictions on Highway 427 and the Gardiner Expressway to accommodate motorcade travel. On Saturday, June 26, and Sunday, June 27, 2010, these restrictions will be ongoing throughout the day and significant traffic disruption is anticipated.

In addition, the York, Bay, Yonge Streets exit on the eastbound Gardiner Expressway will be closed on Friday, June 25 and Saturday, June 26, 2010. The York Street ramp onto the westbound Gardiner Expressway will be closed on Sunday, June 27, 2010.

All traffic management details are subject to change. Members of the public can expect significant traffic disruptions in the downtown area and are encouraged to take public transit and listen to their local media for the latest information.

Union Station

Union Station will be open during the G20 Summit. However, from the evening of Friday, June 25, 2010 to Sunday, June 27, 2010, exits to Front Street will not be in use. Travelers will have to exit using the east or west side of Union Station. In addition, the Blue Route between Union Station and the Air Canada Centre will be open.

During this time, no vehicle traffic will be permitted on Front Street, west of Bay Street. A temporary "Kiss & Ride" and a temporary "Taxi Stand" will be located on Front Street east of Bay Street. Motorists wishing to access these locations should approach northbound on Bay Street from Lakeshore Boulevard West.

Traffic disruptions will be significant in this area and members of the public are encouraged to use public transit or the pedestrian walkways to go into or leave Union Station.

In addition, should security reasons dictate a securing of the perimeter prior to Friday, June 25, 2010; the above changes to Union Station will also be in effect at that time. Members of the public are encouraged to listen to their local media for up to date information.

Public Transit

The TTC is operating regular service during the G20 Summit. There are no planned service restrictions to the subway and only a few surface routes will be on diversion from the evening of Friday, June 25 to Sunday, June 27, 2010, unless security dictates otherwise.

The 6 Bay and 72A Pape routes will be on diversion during the entire summit. The 97B Yonge and 503 streetcar route will be on diversion on June 25, as those two routes do not operate on weekends. As well, both the 509 and 510 streetcars will not be stopping at Queen’s Quay station.

Any changes to TTC services will communicated as soon as possible and customers are encouraged to register for TTC E-Alerts, visit 杭州桑拿按摩论坛杭州夜生活, and listen to their local media for the most up to date information in the event of unplanned disruptions.

GO Transit will be operating regular services during the G20 Summit.

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VIA Rail Canada will operate its regular train schedule for the period of Saturday, June 26 to Sunday, June 27, 2010. VIA Rail wishes to advise customers planning to travel by train to or from Toronto during this period that both departing and arriving trains may be delayed and to plan their travel accordingly. As more information becomes available, VIA will post updates on 杭州桑拿按摩论坛杭州夜生活 Customers are encouraged to visit this website before their travel dates for the latest information.


The underground PATH system will be closed from the evening of Friday, June 25, 2010 to Sunday, June 27, 2010 and will reopen for its regular hours of operation on Monday, June 28, 2010.

If security reasons dictate a securing of the perimeter prior to Friday, June 25, 2010, the underground PATH system will reflect closures. Members of the public will not be able to exit the PATH system into the security perimeter, nor will they be able to enter the PATH system from the security perimeter once it has been secured.


From Friday, June 25, 2010 to Sunday, June 27, 2010, there will be heightened enforcement of parking in the downtown area, particularly for the area surrounded by Queen Street, Yonge Street, Lakeshore Boulevard and Spadina Avenue.

There will be extremely limited parking to no parking available on the majority of streets within this area. In addition, there will be no parking on streets that have been closed to accommodate parades and protests.

All parking regulations for No Parking, No Standing and No Stopping will be strictly enforced. Vehicles may be tagged and/or towed. Members of the public who find their vehicle has been towed are encouraged to call 416-808-2222 for further information.

Ferry Services

The Integrated Security Unit has been working closely with agencies involved in the governing and policing of Lake Ontario to develop a comprehensive marine security plan for the G20 Summit.

This plan, to the extent possible, takes into consideration interests from all parties involved and tries to have the least possible impact on the day-to-day operations of Torontonians, including those living and working on Toronto’s Islands.

However, for security reasons, there will be a change to the daily operations of the Onigara Ferry.

From its last voyage on Thursday, June 24, 2010 to Monday, June 28, 2010, those travelling to and from Ward’s Island will not be permitted to access the Onigara Ferry. Island residents will have access to one of the public passenger ferries that will reroute to Ward’s Island for their convenience. Once docked at the mainland, all passengers (including Island residents) will exit the terminal via the west walkway.

Service vehicles travelling to and from the Islands must access the Bathurst Street Ferry and transit through the City Airport. Toronto Port Authority and Toronto Police personnel will escort all vehicles transiting through the airport to and from the Islands.

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Smitherman’s transportation plan: speed up subway construction, extend LRT

Saturday, February 23rd, 2019

Mayoral candidate George Smitherman unveiled a transportation plan that would speed up the construction of the Spadina subway extension, extend light rail transit and do more tunneling underground, without imposing road tolls, if he is elected.

Mr. Smitherman called it an “integrated” plan that is divided into two phases, the first of which would finish the Spadina line in time for the PanAm Games in 2015, extend the Sheppard LRT, already underway, to the University of Toronto Scarborough campus. He made the announcement at a fundraiser today in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Mr. Smitherman wants to extend the tunneled portion of the Eglinton LRT to Weston Road, where it can link up with an air-rail link. By 2020 he would build the Finch West LRT, connect the Sheppard subway to Downsview station, and turn the Scarborough RT into a subway. He also proposed extending the Bloor line to Sherway Gardens by 2020.

He said the way to afford the plan, which costs $7-billion more than is currently committed to transit, is to “contract with the private sector.”

“In this model, the public always owns the lines and pays for them over time,” he said.

He proposed setting up a “Transit Trust Fund” that would pay for the expansion and would be made up of the city’s share of the gas tax, dividends from Toronto Hydro, parking authority and development fees.

He also announced that if elected, seniors will ride for free between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., which critics point out will result in revenue loss for the TTC.


West End shootings linked: Police Chief

Saturday, February 23rd, 2019

The two shootings that rocked Winnipeg’s West End this week, killing one teen and injuring three other children are linked after all, according to Winnipeg Police.

Chief Keith McCaskill appeared personally at the scheduled police news conference for a second day in a row to update the public on the investigation into the spree of gun violence.

Two men opened fire on a group of people sitting outside a home on Toronto Street Tuesday, killing 16 year old Kyle Earl and wounding a 13 year old boy. Another armed man pursued the attackers on foot and opened fire on Agnes Street; bullets struck two cars but no one was injured. Police said those shootings were likely gang related.

On Wednesday someone opened fire on a home on nearby Victor Street; two girls aged 8 and 10 were injured. Police arrested a 14 year old suspect in connection with that shooting but McCaskill told reporters Thursday the incident was not linked to the shooting on Toronto Street.

That story changed Friday when a 19 year old man was arrested: police say he had been present at the home that was shot up at 646 Toronto Street Tuesday, and is the one who chased and opened fire on the assailants. Police say the 19 year old also played some role in the Victor Street shooting the next day. McCaskill said the house where the little girls were hit was a backdrop to the shooting and not an intended target.

But in an indication, perhaps, of a neighbourhood gripped with fear of gangs and gun violence, a teenage girl living in the Victor Street house told Global News she feels she was targeted personally by the 14 year old boy arrested in connection with the shooting.


Tories ‘deeply regret’ smear of India’s security force

Saturday, February 23rd, 2019

OTTAWA – Immigration Minister Jason Kenney apologized Friday for the "false aspersions" cast on Indian defence and security forces by Canadian consular officials who referred to India’s Border Security Force as a "notoriously violent" unit which attacked civilians and tortured criminals.

The relations-chilling comment – which has made headline news in India all week – was linked to reports that said visa applications by about half a dozen current and former defence, intelligence and security officials were rejected by Canadian officials in the last 18 months.

Kenney said the government "deeply regrets the recent incident in which letters drafted by public service officials during routine visa refusals to Indian nationals cast false aspersions on the legitimacy of work carried out by Indian defence and security institutions, which operate under the framework of democratic processes and the rule of law."

Kenney said a review of visa-screening policy was underway.

"Canada has the highest regard for India, its government institutions and processes," he added.

The dispute appears to have come to a head as a result of publicity by retired Border Security Force trooper Fateh Singh Pandher, whose visa-rejection letter described his former employer as a "notoriously violent paramilitary unit stationed in sensitive areas, attacking civilians and torturing suspected criminals."

The apology was reportedly accepted by India’s External Affairs Minister, S.M. Krishna.

"I think they have realized their mistakes," he was quoted as saying in local media. "We should consider the chapter closed."


Spain’s downgrade fresh blow for Europe

Saturday, February 23rd, 2019

NEW YORK — World equities slid and the euro fell on Friday after a downgrade of Spain’s credit rating sent a new chill through markets already worried about the European debt crisis.

The downgrade by Fitch Ratings ignited a new round of selling in equities that were already lower after lacklustre U.S. economic data injected a note of caution ahead of long holiday weekends in both the United States and the UK.

Fitch downgraded Spain’s credit rating to AA-plus, and said it expects the country’s adjustment to a lower debt level will materially reduce its rate of economic growth over the medium-term.

Fitch cited an inflexible labour market and a restructuring of of regional and local savings banks as hindrances to the pace of adjustment.

"This should exacerbate the tremendous volatility we’ve seen in global stocks as the world wrestles with the idea of a debt-based collapse," said Chip Hanlon, president of Delta Global Advisors in Huntington Beach, Calif.

"Adding to this is the fact that no one wants to be long over a holiday weekend."

Analysts at Brown Brothers Harrison said they do not expect this to be the last downgrade for Spain.

“Believe it or not, Moody’s still has Spain as a triple-A credit,” said Win Thin, senior currency strategist at the New York-based firm. “We don’t think that can last, and we stress again that we see multiple downgrades ahead for Spain. Indeed, Spain is the 800-pound gorilla in the room. Greece and Portugal are small countries, but Spain is about five times their size with regards to GDP.”

The euro took the downgrade on the chin, giving up all Friday’s gains and is now flirting with US$1.23 level.

“We commend the ratings agencies in general for the impeccable timing of their announcements, coming today in holiday-thinned conditions as both U.S. and U.K. shut down ahead of Monday holidays,” Mr. Thin said. “In general, this should serve as a reminder that while the news stream out of Europe was generally quiet this week, the potential and risk is for more bad news to emerge from time to time and roil markets. Spain is coming increasingly into the crosshairs due to negative developments in its banking system, and the lines of contagion from Greece are growing."

The euro fell as low as US$1.2284, according to electronic trading platform, near a session of US$1.2281.

The euro also dropped versus the yen, and was last down 0.9 % at 111.59 yen.

The major U.S. stock indexes shed more than 1%, and U.S. Treasuries slightly extended gains, hitting session highs after the Fitch downgrade. Benchmark 10-year notes were last up 18/32 in price, yielding 3.30%.

Investors had been shunning risk even before the Fitch downgrade on Spain.

A Commerce Department report that U.S. consumer spending failed to rise in April after six straight months of gains, cast a cloud over the outlook for the consumer-driven U.S. economy. Traders were particularly cautious ahead of long holiday weekends in London and New York, and ready to step back and take profits after a strong equities rally on Thursday.

The Dow Jones industrial average was down 119.94 points, or 1.17%, at 10,139.05. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index was down 15.13 points, or 1.37%, at 1,087.93. The Nasdaq Composite Index .IXIC was down 32.14 points, or 1.41%, at 2,245.54.

The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq had each fallen more than 1% earlier in the day, though had pared losses sharply before the news on Spain sparked a new wave of selling.

In Toronto the S&P/TSX composite index deepened losses, falling 71.6 points to 11,677.5.

Technology bellwether Apple Inc AAPL.O managed to buck the downtrend, after Asian and European customers mobbed stores as the iPad tablet computer debuted outside the United States. Apple shares rose 1.5 %. Bank of America Merrill Lynch raised its price target on Apple by US$25 to US$325 and kept its "buy" rating.

But still pressuring global shares and the euro was concern of contagion from the Greece debt crisis. Despite the lack of major shocks from Spain, Portugal or Ireland, which all have heavy debt loads, investors were still loathe to add risky assets due to questions of how shakier sovereign credit would affect the economic recovery.

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