Actor Dennis Hopper dead at 74

April 23rd, 2019

LOS ANGELES, May 29 (Reuters) – Hollywood actor Dennis Hopper, best known for directing and starring in the 1969 cult classic "Easy Rider," died on Saturday from complications of prostate cancer, a friend of the actor said. Hopper was 74.

The hard-living screen star died at his home in the coastal Los Angeles suburb of Venice at 8:15 a.m. PDT (1515 GMT), surrounded by family and friends, the friend, Alex Hitz, told Reuters.

In a wildly varied career spanning more than 50 years, Hopper appeared alongside his mentor James Dean in "Rebel Without a Cause" and "Giant" in the 1950s and played maniacs in such films as "Apocalypse Now," "Blue Velvet" and "Speed."

He received two Oscar nominations – for writing "Easy Rider" (with co-star Peter Fonda and Terry Southern), and for a rare heartwarming turn as an alcoholic high-school basketball coach in the 1986 drama "Hoosiers."

But his prodigious drug abuse, temper tantrums, propensity for domestic violence and poor choice of movie roles often made him a Hollywood pariah.

Hopper felt over-indulgence was a requirement for great artists. He once claimed he snorted lines of cocaine "as long as your arm every five minutes, just so I could carry on drinking … gallons" of alcohol.

Still, his legacy rests securely on "Easy Rider." Regarded as one of the greatest films of American cinema, it helped usher in a new era in which the old Hollywood guard was forced to cede power to young filmmakers such as Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese.

The low-budget blockbuster, originally conceived by Fonda, introduced mainstream moviegoers to pot-smoking, cocaine-dealing, long-haired bikers.

"We’d gone through the whole ’60s and nobody had made a film about anybody smoking grass without going out and killing a bunch of nurses," Hopper told Entertainment Weekly in 2005. "I wanted ’Easy Rider’ to be a time capsule for people about that period."

Hopper and Fonda were joined on screen by a then-unknown Jack Nicholson as an alcoholic lawyer, but it was not a harmonious set. Hopper clashed violently with everyone and Fonda later described him as a "little fascist freak." Their friendship was destroyed.

Hopper’s 1971 directorial follow-up, "The Last Movie," shot amid what he later called "one long sex and drug orgy" in Peru, was a flop.

He was often gripped by paranoid delusions. In 1982, while filming "Jungle Warriors" in Mexico, he ran naked into the jungle, convinced World War Three had started. He was put on a plane home but jumped out onto the wing as it was about to take off, fearful that the plane was on fire. Upon his return, he was admitted to a psychiatric hospital for three months.

He starred in bad movies just for the money, such as "Super Mario Bros." and "Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2," and turned down important projects that could have enhanced his legend, such as "Taxi Driver" and "Reservoir Dogs."

Hopper also found himself typecast as the psychotic villain thanks to such films as "Blue Velvet," in which he played a gas-huffing rapist, and the 1994 smash "Speed," in which his character rigged a city bus to explode.

Hopper mellowed somewhat in later years, becoming a Republican and a pitchman for the likes of Gap and Nike.

Outside of Hollywood, he was a noted photographer, painter, sculptor and art collector. He lived in a warehouse-style compound in the coastal suburb of Venice, in a neighborhood that was gang-infested until a decade ago.

Hopper fell ill last September. He continued working almost to the end, both on his cable TV series "Crash" and on a book showcasing his photography. But his final months were also consumed by a bitter divorce battle with his fifth wife, Victoria Duffy.

Indeed, his private life was never dull. His marriages included an eight-day union in 1970 with Michelle Phillips of the Mamas and Papas, who later told Vanity Fair that she was subjected to "excruciating" treatment.

Hopper is survived by four children. Funeral arrangements were pending.

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HST opposition hits threshold in all B.C. ridings

April 23rd, 2019

Victoria, B.C. – The Fight HST group has hit its target.

The campaign led by former premier Bill Vander Zalm claims it has reached the threshold of signing up 10 per cent of the voters’ list to the petition to kill the proposed harmonized sales tax in all 85 provincial ridings.

The final riding to reach that level was Vancouver-Langara, which passed the marker this morning.

The campaign proposes to rip up the agreement between the federal government and B.C. to establish the 12 per cent HST that will come into force July 1.

Opposition to the tax, which combines the five per cent GST with the seven per cent PST, centres on the fact the HST will be applied to everything the GST covered, including many items previously exempt from the provincial tax.

All 14 of the Island’s provincial ridings had reached the threshold of signing up 10 per cent of the voters’ list to the petition to kill the proposed HST a week ago, and all but two of those ridings – Victoria-Swan Lake and Cowichan Valley – had failed to hit the 15 per cent threshold the campaign has set for itself.

The campaign has targeted this weekend as a major push to get as many of the 85 ridings to get past the 15 per cent threshold.

The campaign has been targeting the higher figure in order to ensure they get the right number of signatures required by Elections B.C., allowing for some people not on the voter’s list or signing on outside of their ridings.

Fight HST lead organizer Chris Delaney has said the campaign will not rest on its laurels and will try and get numbers as high as they can to send a message to individual MLAs that they are within striking distance of recall numbers.

A recall campaign would require 40 per cent of registered voters voting to recall a MLA.

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Dog adopts nine kittens at Surrey animal hospital

April 23rd, 2019

METRO VANCOUVER — Traditional arch enemies dog and cat appear to have made peace at a Surrey animal hospital where nine orphaned kittens are being fed by the most unlikely of nursemaids.

A two-year-old chihuahua named Buttercup has adopted two separate litters of kittens, five abandoned and four premature, and is nursing them back to health.

Her owner, Lisa Scribner, 37, said Buttercup feeds and cleans them just as though they were her own puppies.

"One of the kittens is almost as big as the dog. We call him Muffin," said Scribner, who has worked as a veterinarian assistant for five years at the Angel Animal Hospital.

The bittersweet tale began two weeks ago when Buttercup gave birth to a puppy named Petey, who died four hours after birth because he wasn’t fully formed.

Scribner said it broke her heart to see her beloved Buttercup looking so forlorn.

"She was so depressed," she said. "When I tried to take the puppy she put her paw on my hand as if to say ‘No.’ She scooped him underneath her and lay on him. It was hard on her and me. She would follow me and whine. She kept looking for him. I don’t care what anybody says: she would cry. Her eyes would tear up. She wasn’t eating or drinking. It was depression."

But then Scribner received a call at the hospital about five kittens that had been abandoned during the night in a yard in Surrey.

"They were starving. They had been a full night and a full day without food. When we got them they were very weak and meowing," she said.

Buttercup went straight up to the kittens and started cleaning them. And it wasn’t long before the wee animals latched on.

"She still had milk and she took to these babies right away. She hasn’t left them since and is very protective."

Scribner was concerned about what would happen to Buttercup when the five kittens were weaned and sent to their new homes.

But then along came four premature kittens on Thursday, after the veterinarian had to perform a C-section on the dying mother cat.

Buttercup is now the adoptive mother of nine tiny creatures, and not one of them is a dog. Scribner said her chihuahua seems happier than ever before.

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B.C. group push anti-vaccine agenda despite discreditation

April 23rd, 2019

A B.C.-based group opposed to childhood vaccinations says it will continue its crusade – even though the study on which it has based its stance, linking vaccinations to autism, has been discredited.

Dr. Andrew Wakefield, who linked a common children’s vaccine with autism, was disbarred by the British medical society on May 24. His 1998 study published in The Lancet, a British medical journal, caused widespread alarm and more than a decade of controversy.

Now, the Vaccination Risk Awareness Network (VRAN), based in Winlaw, says it will not change its policy regarding Wakefield and his research.

Edda West, spokeswoman for VRAN said that striking Wakefield’s name of the British medical registry was a “nasty political game that changes nothing for families of autistic children.

“The General Medical Council [in Britain] has shot themselves in the foot, because they’ve made a martyr of him,” West said.

“And we know what happens with martyrs: this strengthens the cause, draws attention to it and brings in more publicity.”

Wakefield’s study claimed to find a causal relationship between autism and the children’s MMR vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella. The result was a worldwide slump in vaccination rates.

But in B.C., there was neither a dramatic drop in vaccination rates nor a large resurgence in measles, mumps or rubella.

In February 2010, The Lancet retracted the publication of Wakefield’s findings and the British medical society disbarred him following an inquiry into allegations of misconduct.

Dr. Monika Naus at the B.C. Centre for Disease Control said the decision was “about time.”

“His publications and communications have served the purpose of damaging the public trust in vaccines and specifically embedded in the public mind that there is a relationship between measles vaccines and autism, and that has done irreparable damage that will not be completely undone by these retractions,” she told The Province.

Dr. Naus also said that significant research money was spent on disproving Wakefield’s results – money, that could have been spent on finding the true causes of autism.

The Autism Society of Canada, and its provincial branch in B.C., said they were not in a position to comment on the recent events.

“The whole project has been fraught with controversy,” said society president Michael Lewis. “But in the absence of certainty, we can only recommend that people continue to look at studies and make informed decisions.”

Wakefield intends to appeal the decision of the British General Medical Council and his supporters, such as VRAN continue to back him.

“This is not going away,” West said. “What we are seeing is that the medical society wants to protects its vaccines and will go to any length including discrediting and destroying a very honourable person.”

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Montrealers line up for iPad launch day

April 23rd, 2019

A lineup of Montrealers snaked around the corner of Crescent and Ste. Catherine Sts. from the downtown Apple store Friday morning, as gadget fans awaited the new iPad’s release in Canada.

Graphic artist Steve Bédard had been waiting since 5 a.m. for the iPad, which he says he will use for sketching, instead of having to lug his backpack full of drawing pads around.

"It’s been a long time that I’ve been waiting for this," said Bédard, who bought the Wifi and 3G model.

The iPad is a touch-sensitive tablet that allows users to access the Internet, read an electronic book, buy music from the iTunes store and play video games. It’s been out in the United States since April and was also launched Friday to crowds of Apple fans in Europe, Asia and Australia.

In Canada, the iPad ranges in price from $549 for a 16-GB Wifi model to $879 for a 64-GB Wifi and 3G model.

Hichem Zidi, a Montrealer of Tunisian origin bought the iPad Friday, partly out of curiosity and partly for business purposes. The computer consultant is considering selling the 64-GB Wifi and 3G model he purchased for $880 for a profit while on vacation in France next week.

Unlike some of the Apple junkies who lined up as early as 4 a.m. outside the store, Zidi arrived around 11 a.m. and waited about 20 minutes to buy the iPad.

"I said if there’s a lineup, forget it."

Workers at the Apple store fueled the hype, handing out bottles of water and coupons to customers as they left the Ste. Catherine St. boutique

Indeed, Concordia University marketing professor Robert Soroka said he’s heard lots about the iPad but couldn’t say much about the actual product.

"The unfortunate thing is that I don’t know," he acknowledged. "I haven’t tried the product. I know the marketing is good."

Other Montrealers weren’t impressed enough with the hype to buy the iPad.

Paul Biron tested the iPad with his girlfriend Bonnie Jean but decided he’d rather save his money to buy a Mac laptop.

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Temporary stadium no easy ride for Lions’ fans

March 23rd, 2019

"When it was overcast, the fans were snotty. All you heard was, why don’t they have a better facility? Or comfortable chairs? How about someplace where you don’t get rained on or covered in pigeon guano?"

– Bob Ackles, talking about Empire Stadium, in his biography, The Water Boy

With a respectful nod to late B.C. Lions president Bob Ackles, Friday’s blustery, autumnal weather was a reminder that a return to outdoor football and old-timey touches might take some getting used to for the modern fan.

The 27,500-seat temporary stadium at Empire Fields that will be used by the Lions for the 2010 season and possibly half of the 2011 Canadian Football League schedule is a throwback to simpler times. In truth, however, complications abound in the return to the dreamy football field of memory at the corner of Hastings and Cassiar, which was the team’s home from 1954 to 1983.

The move, made necessary by the $458-million refit to BC Place, will require thousands of fans to change the transportation patterns they’ve used for the past quarter century. According to TransLink CEO Ian Jarvis, about 30 per cent of fans traditionally took SkyTrain directly to Stadium-Chinatown station, a short walk from BC Place. Now, those spectators will have to consider taking alternate bus routes, carpooling, ride sharing, walking or cycling to football games.

As a cold wind and rain sprinkles stirred ghosts of Empire’s past, Jarvis, Pacific National Exhibition president and CEO Michael McDaniel and Lions president Dennis Skulsky held a joint news conference at parking lot 16, across from the stadium, stressing the need for new commuting habits.

"This isn’t on a rapid transit line," Jarvis said. "We’re certainly trying to remind people that buses moved people effectively in and out of here when figure skating was on at the Olympics. It worked. So we don’t want people to think the bus alternative isn’t effective."

The first test is scheduled for Sunday, June 20, five days after the facility is handed over by the PNE, when the Lions play the Edmonton Eskimos in a pre-season game. McDaniel said the stadium will have 150 Port-a-Potties and another 13 washroom trailers, fully plumbed with hot and cold running water, strategically located around the stadium.

McDaniel said the stadium will open two hours before game time so fans can learn the ins and outs of the new park, where it won’t be tough to maintain that old-time feel.

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Here are some bus routes suggested by TransLink to get to games at Empire Fields:

No. 10 from downtown Vancouver or Kootenay Loop

No. 135 from Burrard Station or Burnaby

No. 28 from Phibbs Exchange (North Vancouver) or from Gilmore SkyTrain Station

No. 16 from downtown or 29th Avenue SkyTrain Station to Hastings and Renfrew

Rideshare (visit: 杭州桑拿按摩论坛ride-share.ca to register)

Coast Mountain Bus Company provides "special event" shuttle buses to 29th Avenue Station after each game

Want Google’s help finding a way on Transit? Click here and replace the default departure point with your address.

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HST petition reaches referendum target

March 23rd, 2019

With just six weeks to go for those campaigning against the BC Harmonized Sales Tax, organizers are claiming an early victory, with 83 of 85 ridings reporting at least 10% signature threshold.

Elections BC requires 10% of the population sign petition to trigger a referendum.

Fight HST organizers believe they’ll reach 15% in all ridings by the second week of June.

“There is nothing more to wait for,” says Fight HST lead organizers Chris Delaney. “There is no need for a referendum, no need for more delays and wasting of taxpayers’ time and money. The petition has become a referendum.”

Delaney says the petition’s success makes it clear British Columbians don’t want the HST.

Fight HST leader Bill Vander Zalm wants the BC government to cancel the HST immediately.

“The people of BC are waiting for you to act on their behalf,” says Vander Zalm. “Failure to do so will result in you becoming the first premier in Canadian history to be fired by the people in a Recall.”

Vander Zalm was BC Premier from 1986 to 1991, but was forced to resign for conflict of interest.

The anti-HST petition will be submitted on July 5 to Elections BC, which will have 42 days to check the petition.

Once the petition is validated, Fight HST hopes the legislature will reconvene in September to vote on the bill to repeal the HST.

Vander Zalm says if the BC government votes it down or tries to play games by delaying it or going to a costly and time wasting referendum, then his organization will immediately begin recalls in selected ridings.

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Harper heads to Europe for G20, G8 setup meetings

March 23rd, 2019

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Stephen Harper jets to Europe next week for separate meetings about the global fiscal crisis with the leaders of Great Britain and France.

Harper, British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy will likely spend a significant amount of time discussing the crisis prompted by the near financial collapse of Greece. The country’s debt problems have prompted fears of another global credit squeeze.

The meetings will also be a chance for Harper to build some consensus on some policy objectives with two key European leaders ahead of next month’s G20 and G8 summits, which Canada is hosting in Toronto and in Huntsville, Ont., respectively.

"Both the United Kingdom and France are important members of the G8 and G20 and (Harper) intends to raise with both leaders his view that the G20 summit should focus on recovery from the global economic and financial crisis," Dimitri Soudas, Harper’s director of communications, told reporters Friday.

One key issue for the G20 summit to resolve is whether there should be some kind of levy applied globally to banks and financial services companies that could be used to pay for any future bank bailouts.

Sarkozy and Cameron favour this idea but Harper is vehemently opposed to it.

"There is general agreement with the principle that taxpayers should not bear the costs of rescuing the financial sector," said Soudas. "But there are obviously different opinions within the G20 on the issue of a bank tax or a levy. Countries have varied approaches for dealing with the cost of the financial crisis. As we’ve said all along, there is no one-size-fits-all solution."

Earlier this month, Harper sent a letter to all G20 leaders asking, when they come to Toronto at the end of June, they be prepared to commit to some benchmarks on the fiscal health of their national governments.

Harper, along with many other world leaders and central bankers, is worried that rising debt and deficits of some of the world’s largest economies will derail the global economic recovery.

"We now need to reassure markets not just that we’ve been prepared to intervene when we had to, but that governments can run responsible and sustainable balances over the long term," Harper wrote. "The levels of deficit and debt in many countries are reaching levels that markets judge to be unsustainable."

A senior Canadian government official involved in the discussions with other countries on the fiscal crisis said Harper’s letter appears to have struck the right note with G20 members.

"Certainly the feedback from finance deputy ministers and (G20) sherpas has been very positive on Prime Minister Harper’s letter," said the official. "The identification of the need to elaborate clear and more credible fiscal consolidation plans is increasingly recognized."

Sherpas are designated bureaucrats or emissaries who represent each G20 leader in talks leading up to the actual summit.

Harper will be the first foreign leader that Cameron will meet as prime minister, a role he took over on May 11 after his country’s May 6 general election. He leads a coalition government of Conservatives – Cameron’s party – and Liberal Democrats.

Harper has met Cameron before, as the leader of the British Parliament’s opposition.

World leaders, central bankers, and financial investors have been concerned about the fiscal probity of countries like Greece, Portugal, Ireland and Spain, but there are also concerns that giants like the U.S. and Japan must also provide credible assessments of their return to sustainable government fiscal policies.

"We can confront our fiscal challenge with clear and realistic plans for fiscal consolidation, or we can wait for markets to dictate the terms for us," Harper wrote.

Harper departs for Europe next Wednesday. He will meet Cameron on Thursday over lunch at 10 Downing Street and will meet Sarkozy the next day in Paris. He returns to Ottawa Friday evening.

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Sod turned on Circle Drive South project

March 23rd, 2019

Nearly a century after a ring road in Saskatoon was first discussed, work has begun on the last piece of Circle Drive.

On a rainy Friday morning, Mayor Don Atchison was joined in Diefenbaker Park by Premier Brad Wall and Conservative MP Stockwell Day at the official sod turning for the Circle Drive South project. At a total estimated cost of $288 million, it is far and away the most expensive public project ever in Saskatoon.

“This is a moment in history,” said Atchison.

“The Circle Drive South project, including the new south bridge, will finally make Circle Drive a complete circle. It will allow our citizens get to where they need to go faster and more efficiently, and connect our east and west end communities. With tremendous support from the federal and provincial governments, we have improved the connectivity and cultural well-being of our city, now and into the future.”

Cost of the project is being shared between the federal government ($96 million), the provincial government ($98.5 million), the City of Saskatoon ($93 million) and the Rural Municipality of Corman Park ($200,000).

The South Bridge project includes:

– A bridge across the South Saskatchewan River north of the CN bridge;

– Seven kilometres of four-lane freeway leading up to the bridge; the bridge will be six lanes;

– Interchanges at Idylwyld Freeway, Lorne Avenue and Valley Road;

– Once the city’s population hits 250,000, the bridge is expected to carry close to 30,000 vehicles per day;

– Benefits include an estimated 35 per cent reduction in traffic on the Senator Sid Buckwold Bridge during afternoon rush hour;

– Some truck traffic would be diverted off 22nd Street West.

“This is one more step the provincial government is taking to support the growth of our major urban centres,” said Wall.

“This massive project will improve the flow of traffic in and around Saskatoon, improve efficiency for shippers to connect with national and international trade routes, reduce congestion and enhance safety.”

Among the benefits being touted by government officials are shorter commuting distances and a 35-per-cent reduction in traffic on the Sid Buckwold Bridge during afternoon rush hour.

City council in March awarded the contract to build the bridge, freeway and interchanges to joint-venture Graham Construction-Flatiron Construction Corp. for a guaranteed $224 million, a price estimated to be between $30 million and $40 million under budget.

The price was also $47 million less than any of the other bidders.

The new south bridge is expected to open October 1, 2012.

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G20 Transit and Parking Restrictions

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.

Traffic

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ttc.ca, 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.

Any changes that may be implemented to GO Transit services will be communicated as soon as possible and regular users of the system are encouraged to listen to their local media and visit 杭州桑拿按摩论坛杭州夜生活gotransit杭州龙凤 for the most up to date information.

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viarail.ca. Customers are encouraged to visit this website before their travel dates for the latest information.

PATH

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.

Parking

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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