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Olympic Roundup: Oleksiak wins gold, her fourth swimming medal

The Canadian Press | posted Friday, Aug 12th, 2016

Penny Oleksiak continues to solidify herself as a teenage swimming sensation.

The 16-year-old from Toronto tied for gold in the women’s 100-metre freestyle on Thursday at the Rio Olympics with Simone Manuel of the United States.

Gold medalists Simone Manuel of the United States Penny Oleksiak of Canada celebrate during the medal ceremony for the Women's 100m Freestyle Final on Day 6 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on Aug. 11, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. GETTY IMAGES/Clive Rose
Gold medalists Simone Manuel of the United States Penny Oleksiak of Canada celebrate during the medal ceremony for the Women’s 100m Freestyle Final on Day 6 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on Aug. 11, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. GETTY IMAGES/Clive Rose

Oleksiak and Manuel finished in an Olympic record time of 52.70 seconds, while Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden captured bronze in 52.99 seconds.

“This is amazing, to tie for a gold. I never thought I’d win a gold,” said Oleksiak, who was the first Canadian woman to compete in the event since Marion Lay finished fourth in Mexico City in 1968. “She (Manuel) deserves it as much as me. It means so much.”

Oleksiak becomes the first Canadian swimmer to win four medals in a single Summer Games. She has already won silver in the 100-metre butterfly, and has bronze medals in the 4×100-metre and 4×200-metre freestyle relays.

It’s also Canada’s first gold of the Games and moves them into 20th in the overall medal standings.

Penny Oleksiak of Canada wins gold in the Women's 100m Freestyle Final on Day 6 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on Aug. 11, 2016. GETTY IMAGES/Vaughn Ridley
Penny Oleksiak of Canada wins gold in the Women’s 100m Freestyle Final on Day 6 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on Aug. 11, 2016. GETTY IMAGES/Vaughn Ridley


Canada’s defence of its 112-year-old Olympic golf title is off to a strong start.

Graham DeLaet of Weyburn, Sask., fired four birdies over his first eight holes en route to a 5-under-par 66 and the clubhouse lead on Thursday until Australia’s Marcus Fraser closed his round a short time later with a blistering 63. It was the first round of golf played at the Olympics since Canadian George S. Lyon won gold at the 1904 St. Louis Games.

Lyon played so long ago that he was born in Richmond, Canada West, the British colony that became Ontario after Confederation in 1867.

“It’s pretty cool,” DeLaet said. “First time in over 100 years and we’re leading the charge here at the Olympics.”

Henrik Stenson of Sweden also opened with a 66, and five players, including Germany’s Alex Cejka, were right behind them at 67. David Hearn of Brantford, Ont., opened with a 2-over-par 73.

DeLaet was joined by Brazil’s Adilson da Silva and South Korea’s Byeong Hun An in the first group. They were greeted by a phalanx of photographers for the historic moment, with da Silva sending the opening drive down the middle of the fairway.

The historic teeing off was the first time DeLaet had felt anxious before a round of golf in years.

“The last time I can think of really being nervous was probably the (2013) Presidents Cup,” he said. “There has been a couple times if you’re in final groups. But not the first tee shot of the week. So it was definitely a different feeling.

“You’re out there and you’re playing for more than just yourself. You’re playing for the flag and it’s a pretty cool feeling.”

Golf is in the developmental stages in the host country and the rather empty grandstands showed it. There were still groups of fans who followed the golfers around the 7,128-yard course, which has wide fairways, deep bunkers and plenty of slope.

DeLaet, with friend and retired NHL player Ray Whitney on his bag, was an impressive 31 at the turn. His lone bogey came on the 11th hole but he got that shot back on No. 13 and closed his round with another birdie.

DeLaet’s approach game was in form and he was very impressed by the greens, which he said were playing “super true.”

The top four players in the world – Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Spieth and Rory McIlroy – are not in Rio, but the field still boasts big names like Stenson, Bubba Watson and Martin Kaymer. Play continues through Sunday.

The women’s tournament begins Wednesday. Canada will be represented by Alena Sharp of Hamilton and world No. 3 Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ont.

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Daniel Nestor’s shot at a second Olympic tennis gold medal ended Thursday when he and partner Vasek Pospisil lost their semifinal to Spain’s Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez 7-6 (7), 7-6 (6).

The Canadian duo will face Jack Sock and Steve Johnson of the United States in the bronze-medal match on Friday. Spain will play Romania’s Florin Mergea and Horia Tecau in the tournament’s final.

Nestor, who won Canada’s only Olympic tennis medal with a gold in men’s doubles in 2000, was added to this Olympic team after star Milos Raonic withdrew because of concerns over the Zika virus.


Canada’s track and field team lost sprinter Kim Hyacinthe of Terrebonne, Que., after she suffered a pulled quadriceps muscles late last month in a 200-metre event at the London Anniversary Games.

While she was cleared by a doctor to resume competition, she failed an “event-specific” fitness test in Toronto this week that Hyacinthe felt was almost impossible to pass. Because she fell short she was withdrawn from the Games.


Canada finished fourth in women’s track cycling team pursuit qualifying to advance at the event’s semifinals.

Calgary’s Allison Beveridge, Georgia Simmerling of West Vancouver, B.C., and the Vancouver duo of Jasmin Glaesser and Laura Brown completed the 4,000-metre event where teams race in tandem with a time of four minutes 19.599 seconds. Britain set a new world record of 4:13.260 to top the field, besting Australia’s time at the 2015 world championships by 0.423 seconds.

The United States was second in 4:14.286 at the Rio Olympic Velodrome, while the Aussies clocked in at 4:19.059.

Canada now faces Britain on Saturday morning with a shot at the gold-medal final on the line, while the U.S. will line up against Australia.



Men’s singles – Martin Giuffre, Calgary, lost his preliminary-round opener to Ka Long Angus Ng of Hong Kong, 2-0 (21-11, 21-14)


Women – Heather Bansley, Waterdown, Ont., and Sarah Pavan, Kitchener, Ont., finished on top of their pool at 3-0 after defeating Karla Borger and Britta Buthe of Germany, 2-0 (21-19, 21-15); Jamie Broder, Victoria, and Kristina Valjas, Toronto, improved to 2-1 with a victory over Nada Meawad and Doaa Elghobashy of Egypt, 2-0 (21-12, 21-16).

Men – Ben Saxton, Calgary, and Chaim Schalk (1-3), Red Deer, Alta., lost their final group-round match to Cuba’s Reynaldo Gonzalez Bayard and Nivaldo Diaz Gomez, 2-0 (21-15, 21-18); they later clinched a playoff berth by winning the “lucky-loser” match over Grzegorz Fualek and Mariusz Prudel of Poland, 2-0 (21-19, 21-18)


Men’s light welterweight (64 Kg) – Arthur Biyarslanov, Toronto, advanced to the second round with a 3-0 decision over Obada Alkasbeh of Jordan.


Individual dressage grand prix – Belinda Trussell of Stouffville, Ont., and her horse Anton, scored 72.214 to be ranked 28th after the second day of the event and qualify for the final; Megan Lane, Collingwood, Ont., and Caravella, who had scored 71.286 on Wednesday, did not advance.


Men – Scott Tupper, Vancouver, scored a pair of goals as Canada (0-4) lost 4-2 to Ireland.


Men – Graham DeLaet of Weyburn, Sask., shot a five-under 66 in the opening round and is tied for second, three shots behind the leader; David Hearn, Brantford, Ont., scored 73.


Women’s all-around – Ellie Black, Halifax, finished eighth overall with a score of 14.366; Isabela Onyshko of Brandon, Man., was 18th (13.900).


Men’s 100 kilogram class – Kyle Reyes, Toronto, lost in the elimination round to Henk Grol, Netherlands, 101-0s1.


Women’s lightweight double sculls – Lindsay Jennerich and Patricia Obee, both Victoria, placed second in their semifinal (7:16.35), and will race for a medal on Friday.

Women’s pairs – Nicole Hare, Calgary, and Jennifer Martins, Toronto, placed second in the C-final (8:26.03).

Women’s eights – Canada (Caileigh Filmer, Victoria; Suzanne Grainger, London, Ont.; Natalie Mastracci, Thorold, Ont.; Christy Nurse, Georgetown, Ont.; Lisa Roman, Langley, B.C.; Christine Roper, Montego Bay, Jamaica; Lesley Thompson-Willie, London, Ont.; Antje von Seydlitz, Smithers, B.C.; Lauren Wilkinson, North Vancouver, B.C.) won their repechage heat (6:28.07) and will compete in Saturday’s medal race.

Men’s fours – Canada (Will Crothers, Kingston, Ont.; Kai Langerfeld, North Vancouver, B.C.; Conlin McCabe, Brockville, Ont.; and Tim Schrijver, Thedford, Ont.) was second in their semifinal (6:20.66) and advance to Friday’s medal run.

Men’s quad sculls – Canada (Julien Bahain, Sherbrooke, Que.; Will Dean, Kelowna, B.C.; Rob Gibson, Kingston, Ont.; Pascal Lussier, St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que.) finished second in the B-final (6:13.55) to place eighth overall for the event.


470 class – Graeme and Jacob Saunders, both Chester, N.S., were 22nd and 19th in Thursday’s races and are 24th overall in the competion after four races with a score of 87.

Finn class – Tom Ramshaw, Toronto, placed ninth and 16th, and stands 20th overall after six legs with 91.

Nakra 17 – Nikola Girke, West Vancouver, B.C., and Luke Ramsay, Vancouver, finished eighth, 10th, 16th and ninth in the day’s events, and are ranked 10th overall with 62.


Women’s 100 freestyle – Penny Oleksiak, Toronto, tied for the gold medal with an Olympic record time of 52.20 _ becoming the first Canadian to win four medals in a single Summer Games (gold, silver and two bronzes).

Women’s 200 backstroke – Hilary Caldwell of White Rock, B.C., was second overall in qualifying (2:07.40), and advanced to Friday’s medal race after winning her semifinal heat (2:07.17); Dominique Bouchard, North Bay, Ont., was seventh in qualifying (2:08.87), and missed the final after tying for ninth overall in the semis (2:09.07).

Women’s 200 breaststroke – Kierra Smith, Kelowna, B.C., finished seventh in the final (2:23.19).

Women’s 800 freestyle – Brittany MacLean, Toronto, was 10th in qualifying (8:26.43), did not advance.

Men’s 50 freestyle – Santo Condorelli, Kenora, Ont., tied for seventh overall in qualifying (21.83), but did not earn a trip to the final after placing 12th in the semis (21.97); Yuri Kisil, Calgary, was 35th (22.50), did not advance.

Men’s 100 butterfly – Santo Condorelli had the 14th-best time in qualifying (51.99); failed to qualify for the medal race, finishing 12th-overall in the semifinals despite posting a Canadian-record time of 51.83.


Men – Canada (1-2) lost their preliminary-round match to France, 3-0 (25-19. 25-16, 25-19).

Man dead as plane crashes onto Peterborough street

CityNews | posted Friday, Aug 12th, 2016

One man is dead after a plane crashed onto a Peterborough street early on Friday morning.

Chris Barry, deputy chief of operations at Peterborough EMS, confirmed the crash.

Emergency crews were dispatched to High Street and Lansdowne Street around 1:30 a.m.

The man, believed to be in his 20s or 30s, was the only person onboard the plane. He was pronounced dead at the scene. He was still strapped in when crews arrived.

Lansdowne will be closed for the investigation.

A plane crashed onto a Peterborough street on Aug. 12, 2016. Image credit: Paulette Reynolds
A plane crashed onto a Peterborough street on Aug. 12, 2016. Image credit: Paulette Reynolds

Toronto in for 30th day of over 30 C weather

CityNews | posted Friday, Aug 12th, 2016

Toronto is on track to see it’s 30th day of over 30 C weather, 680 NEWS meteorologist Jill Taylor said.

Friday will see a high of 33 C, with the humidex near 43. It will be mainly cloudy with sunny breaks and a slight chance of showers or thunderstorms. Most of the wet weather for Toronto and the GTA will hold off until later Friday night, Taylor said.

Toronto and much of the GTA remain under an Environment Canada heat warning. It was first issued on Monday but will likely end Saturday morning as cooler air moves into the region.

The City of Toronto issued its own heat warning on Tuesday, which also remains in effect. During heat and extended heat warnings, the city opens its cooling centres.

It’s rare but not unprecedented that Toronto will have so many hot days in one year. In 1959, Toronto had 43 days of 30-plus temperatures. In 2005, the city saw 41 days of 30-plus temperatures. Overall, 2005 was the hottest summer on record, Taylor said.

On Wednesday, the city tied the record for the hottest Aug. 11 ever. The record high of 35.6 C was set back in 1944, 680 NEWS meteorologist Jill Taylor said, and was reached again on Wednesday.

The hottest day so far this year is still July 13, at 36 C.

Back to school week: Tech gadgets

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Aug 11th, 2016

With the fall quickly approaching, many students are headed back to school. Students are looking for the latest gadgets, and Winston Sih has the newest technology for any age group.

With the fall quickly approaching, many students are headed back to school. Students are looking for the latest gadgets, and Winston Sih has the newest technology for any age group.

Getting work done – High school and university:

  • HP Spectre Notebook – $1,699.99, HP.ca
  • iPad Pro – Starting at $799, Apple.ca
  • Microsoft Surface Arc Touch Mouse – $79.99, MicrosoftStore.ca

Stay connected to life on the go – High school:

  • Samsung Galaxy Note7 – $1,050, Rogers.com
  • Beyond Ink – $70, BeyondInkPen.com
  • Jackery battery pack – $59.99, Amazon.ca
  • Nest Cam – $249.99, Nest.com

Study and work wherever you are – Elementary school:

  • Kindle Paperwhite e-reader – $139.99, Amazon.ca
  • Seagate Hard Drive – $74.99, Amazon.ca

Heat warnings continue, Toronto ties weather record

CityNews | posted Thursday, Aug 11th, 2016

Heat warnings continue for much of southern Ontario on Thursday, the day after Toronto tied a weather record.

On Wednesday, the city tied the record for the hottest Aug. 11 ever. The record high of 35.6 C was set back in 1944, 680 NEWS meteorologist Jill Taylor said, and was reached again on Wednesday.

The hottest day so far this year is still July 13, at 36 C.

As for Thursday, Toronto residents can expect a high of 33 C, with the humidex near 42. There is a slight chance of a shower or isolated thunderstorms after4 p.m., and the possibility of scattered showers and thunderstorms after 9 p.m., Taylor said.

Environment Canada issued a heat warning for much of southern Ontario, including Toronto and the GTA, on Monday. A special air quality statement warning of a possibility of deteriorating air quality from the morning until about 7:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, Toronto’s acting medical officer of health issued a heat warning for the city. During heat and extended heat warnings, the city opens its cooling centres.

The national weather agency said a hot and humid air mass is expected to continue until Friday with daytime temperatures between 31-34 C on each day.

“Afternoon humidex values are expected to peak in the high thirties to low forties,” Environment Canada said in a statement.

Earlier this week, the national weather agency said this may be the “longest and most significant heat wave of the summer so far.” A heat wave is three consecutive days when the maximum temperature is 32 C or higher.

Environment Canada said “slightly cooler temperatures” are in store for this weekend. Taylor said a high of 30 C is expected on Saturday under mainly cloudy skies accompanied with showers or thunderstorms. Sunday will be more comfortable with a high near 27 C.

Suspect killed after RCMP confirm terror threat

Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | posted Thursday, Aug 11th, 2016

Terrorism suspect Aaron Driver was killed in a confrontation with police in the southern Ontario town of Strathroy, The Canadian Press has learned.

Driver, originally from Winnipeg and in his mid-20s, was under a court order not to associate with any terrorist organization, including the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

The RCMP said it received credible information of a potential terrorist threat earlier in the day.

A suspect was identified and the “proper course of action has been taken” to ensure that there was no danger to the public, the carefully worded statement said.

In February, Driver’s lawyer and the Crown agreed to a peace bond stating there are “reasonable grounds to fear that he may participate, contribute directly or indirectly in the activity of a terrorist group.”

Police and government officials were tight-lipped about the violent events that unfolded in the small town near London, Ont.

However, a source with knowledge of the police takedown spoke to The Canadian Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter.

Without providing details, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said Wednesday night he had spoken to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “to confirm that public safety has been and continues to be properly protected.”

The RCMP, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and other police and security agencies were involved in the operation, he added.

“These agencies conducted themselves effectively in the circumstances that developed today.”

Taking all relevant information into account, the national terrorism threat level for Canada remains at “medium” where it has stood since the fall of 2014, Goodale added.

The RCMP said because the matter was still unfolding and the investigation remained underway, there would be no further comment.

The Mounties planned to hold a news conference Thursday to provide details.

Winnipeg-based lawyer Leonard Tailleur, who had handled Driver’s peace bond, said he was “shocked” to hear what had happened.

“Saddened to hear that it had to end this way for him,” Tailleur said in an email to The Canadian Press.

Tailleur had not been in contact with Driver since February when “the matter had been resolved to the satisfaction of the Department of Justice, the RCMP and myself.”

In Strathroy, resident Irene Lee said late Wednesday that since about 4:15 p.m., police had been camped outside the home where Driver lived.

At about that time, she said she was at her own home close by when she heard a loud noise. She said shortly afterward, a police officer came by to tell residents to stay inside their homes.

Lee said there were up to 25 marked and unmarked cruisers outside Driver’s Park Street residence all Wednesday evening. She said Driver regularly goes to her parents’ nearby convenience store to buy energy drinks.

Police were still on the scene early Thursday and said they would remain through the night. A perimeter had been set up and a portion of the street leading to the house in the residential neighbourhood where Driver was killed was closed to traffic.

Some residents were milling about on the streets well after midnight seeking information from police and to express their gratitude.

Ottawa was abuzz with rumours for much of Wednesday after a memo was circulated among National Defence personnel warning of a terrorist threat.

With files from Daniela Germano and Paola Lorrigio

Olympic Roundup: Canadian women’s relay team win bronze in pool

The Canadian Press | posted Thursday, Aug 11th, 2016

Canada’s medal tally at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio reached six on Wednesday.

The Canadian women’s 4×200-metre freestyle relay team captured bronze, the fourth medal Canada has won in the pool.

Katerine Savard of Pont-Rouge, Que., B.C.-born Taylor Ruck of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Brittany MacLean and Penny Oleksiak, both of Toronto, finished the race in seven minutes 45.39 seconds.

Canada opened its medal haul with bronze in the 4×100 relay. Oleksiak – who along with Ruck were on the 4×100 medal winning foursome – added a silver in the 100 butterfly and Kylie Masse won bronze in 100 backstroke.

Canada missed out on seventh medal when Santo Condorelli of Kenora, Ont., finished fourth in the men’s 100-metre freestyle final, losing the bronze by 0.03 seconds.


Women _ Kia Nurse, Hamilton, had 14 points to lead Canada (3-0) to a 68-58 win over Senegal.


Mother Nature was Canada’s toughest opponent Wednesday at the Rio Summer Games.

Blustery weather again plagued the rowing regatta, forcing a postponement of the entire day of racing. It marked the second time this week that officials had to call off competition because of high winds and choppy water.

Canada’s men’s four and the women’s eight were among the Canadian boats slated to race along with the team’s best medal hopefuls, Lindsay Jennerich and Patricia Obee, who were to row in the women’s double sculls semifinal.

On Monday, organizers jammed some 30 heats and repechages into the schedule following the decision to postpone Sunday’s races because of blustery conditions. That delay came after Saturday’s opening heats were marred by high winds that contributed to two Serbian rowers capsizing into the polluted water at Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon.


The rowers weren’t the only athletes affected by weather as rain and wind resulted in the postponement of tennis. That means Toronto’s Daniel Nestor and Vancouver’s Vasek Pospisil will have to wait to play their men’s doubles semifinal versus Spain’s Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez.

Nestor – who won Olympic doubles gold in 2000 with Sebastian Lareau – and Pospisil are the No. 7 seeds. Nadal and Lopez are seeded sixth.


Toronto’s Crispin Duenas, competing in his third Olympics, advanced to the second round of men’s archery with a 6-5 win over Italian Marco Galiazzo, the ’04 Olympic champion, in a shootoff.

After the matched finished tied 5-5 in regulation, Duenas scored 10 points with his first attempt in the shootoff while Galiazzo – who helped Italy win the team gold four years ago in London and silver in 2008 – could only register nine points on his. But Duenas dropped his second-round match 7-3 to American Zach Garrett.

Montreal’s Georcy-Stephanie Thiffeault Picard didn’t advance past the first round of the women’s event.


Hamilton’s Eleanor Harvey upset world No. 1 Arianna Errigo of Italy en route to the women’s foil quarter-finals in fencing. Harvey lost 15-13 in the quarter-finals to a Tunisian but her seventh-place finish is Canada’s best individual result at an Olympic Games.


Kelita Zupancic was eliminated from the women’s 70-kilogram judo event. The 26-year-old from Whitby, Ont., lost a heart-breaking repechage match to Austrian Bernadette Graf.

Zupancic had Graf on the mat late in the contest to secure a point, but couldn’t hold her there long enough to earn the maximum 10 points that would’ve tied the score.

Zupancic lost to Japan’s Haruka Tachimoto in the quarter-final round. Tachimoto earned the victory by taking Zupancic to the mat not long after the Canadian appeared to be poked in the eye.

Zupancic defeated Georgia’s Esther Sam in her first match after earning an opening-round bye.

Zupancic is a three-time Pan Am judo gold medallist, winning in 2010, 2013 and last year at the Toronto Games.


Calgary’s Tara Whitten, a three-time world champion, was seventh in the women’s cycling time trial with a time of 45 minutes 1.16 seconds. Karol-Ann Canuel of Gatineau, Que., placed 13th in 46:30.93.

Hugo Houle of Sainte-Perpetue, Que., was 21st in the men’s time trial with a time of 1:17:02.04.

Othere Canadian results:


470 class – Graeme and Jacob Saunders, both Chester, N.S., were 26th and 20th in Wednesday’s races and are tied for 24th overall with a score of 46.

Finn class – Tom Ramshaw, Toronto, placed 22nd and 13th in the day’s races, and is 19th overall with 66.

Nakra 17 – Nikola Girke, West Vancouver, B.C., and Luke Ramsay, Vancouver, finished fourth and 17th, with the third race of the day postponed. They rank 10th with a total of 21.

Men’s laser – Lee Parkhill, Oakville, Ont., was 19th and 20th to stand 30th overall (161) after six legs of the event.

Women’s laser radial – Brenda Bowskill, Toronto, finished 10th and 19th, and is 19th after six races (103).


Women’s 69 kilogram class – Marie-Eve Beauchemin-Nadeau, Candiac, Que., was ninth overall in the event with a score of 228.

Food festivals top the weekend, plan for partial subway closure

Patricia D'Cunha and Amber LeBlanc | posted Thursday, Aug 11th, 2016

Making the most of the outdoors is what summer in the city is all about. Each weekend, there is no shortage of fun in Toronto, from food and drink festivals to hobby cultivation and charity events.

This weekend, there are at least three culinary events taking place in Toronto. After all that food, you may want to head down to a fitness event for some workout inspiration. Or maybe take your dog (if you have one) for a nice long walk through a park to raise money for a good cause.

You will have to do some walking (or waiting for shuttle buses) this weekend with a partial subway shutdown on Line 2 (Bloor-Danforth).

There are also a few road closures, so you may have to park your car further away and, yes, walk a bit.

Feast of St. Lawrence
Food has always been associated with the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood. So, having athree-day festival dedicated to the celebration of food in the area makes perfect sense.

A busy Market Square in 1968. Photo via Facebook, St. Lawrence Market.
A busy Market Square in 1968. Photo via Facebook, St. Lawrence Market.


The inaugural event kicks off on Friday night with an exclusive dining experience on Front Street East, with big band music playing in the background. Around 100 guests will indulge in a five-course meal while seated at a long table on Front, between Scott and Church streets. Some of the proceeds from the tickets will be donated to FoodShare.

On Saturday, festival-goers will converge on Market Street, which will house outdoor food stalls and licensed patios, along with farm produce offerings and food demonstrations. Then, on Sunday, gather in St. James Park for some family fun, including marking your own smoothie using the FoodShare smoothie bicycle.

Wheels on the Danforth
Car enthusiasts will be flocking to the Danforth this weekend for the 7th annual Wheels on the Danforth. It takes place at the crossroads where Danforth Avenue and Danforth Road meet, which will be off limits to traffic.

Vegan Food and Drink Festival
If you’ve ever been curious about a vegan diet, the Vegan Food and Drink Festival on Saturday can help you ease into a meatless, dairy-free lifestyle.

Food offerings from the Vegan Food and Drink Festival. Photo via Instagram/vegan_festival.
Food offerings from the Vegan Food and Drink Festival. Photo via Instagram/vegan_festival.


The event takes place at Fort York, rain or shine, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and people of all ages are invited to attend. Tickets are available here.

Paws in the Park
Dogs and their owners will hit the pavement on Sunday in a walkathon to raise money and awareness for the Toronto Humane Society.

The walk travels along the Martin Goodman Trail and continues through Ashbridges Bay Park, ending at Woodbine Park. Once there, you and your furry friends can enjoy fun activities like doggy yoga and a pet photo booth. Your pooches can also take part in an obstacle course and relax in the cool-down pools. There will also be tasty treats for both dogs and their companions to enjoy.

Two German Shorthaired Pointer dogs playing with a red frisbee toy. GETTY IMAGES/Jo Bradford/Green Island Art Studios
Two German shorthaired pointer dogs playing with a red frisbee. GETTY IMAGES/Jo Bradford/Green Island Art Studios


Get ready to be surrounded by six packs. Some of the fittest people in Canada are here in Toronto for Canfitpro, the largest gathering of fitness and wellness leaders in the country.

Among the fitness stars attending include Harley Pasternak; Tony Horton, the creator of P90X; and Shaun T, who created the ‘Insanity’ exercise program. The event is taking place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre until Sunday and people are encouraged to come out to shop, work out and learn. Tickets are available here.

Pan American Food Festival
You’ll be drawn to some amazing food smells coming from Yonge-Dundas Square this weekend.

The fourth annual Pan American Food Festival is set for Saturday and Sunday and is free for everyone. Along with delicious food, there will be cooking competitions, coffee tastings, music, and activities for children.

Road and TTC closures

The weekend subway closures just keep on rolling. This weekend, TTC riders won’t be able to access Line 2 (Bloor-Danforth) between St. George to Pape stations because of bridge work on the Prince Edward Viaduct. Shuttle buses will be running.

The weekend of Aug. 27-28, subways won’t be running on Line 1 (Yonge-University-Spadina) from Lawrence to Bloor-Yonge stations due to track work. Shuttle buses will be running.

Road closures for events
Feast of St. Lawrence: Front Street, from Scott to Church streets, will be closed from 11 a.m. on Friday to 2 a.m. on Saturday. Market Street between Front and Wilton streets will be closed from 5 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on Saturday. The 121 Fort York-Esplanade bus route will divert around the area.

International Street Festival: Eglinton Avenue from Dufferin Street to Marlee Avenue will be closed from 2 a.m. on Saturday to 2 a.m. on Monday. The 32/332 Eglinton West and 63/363 Ossington bus will be on diversion.

Wheels on the Danforth: Danforth Avenue, from Byng to Leyton avenues, Danforth Avenue from Leyton and Warden avenues, and Danforth Road between Landry to Danforth avenues will be closed from 7 a.m. on Saturday to 1 a.m. on Sunday. The 113 Danforth and 20 Cliffside bus routes will divert in the area.

Road work

Shuter Street, from Yonge to Sherbourne streets, will be reduced to one lane in both directions until Oct. 28 for watermain replacement and road work.

Ongoing work
Drivers will encounter lane reductions on Bayview Avenue from Rosedale Valley Road to Pottery Road to build a multi-use trail and for other road work. The closure is expected to last until Nov. 30.

Gerrard Street, from University Avenue to Elizabeth Street, is reduced to one lane until Oct. 15 for watermain and other road work.

Richmond Street West is reduced to one lane of traffic between Church and York streets until Nov. 30 for TTC track work, watermain replacement, and road and sidewalk repairs.

One lane of Queen Street West between Spadina Avenue and Bathurst Street is closed in both directions for watermain replacement and reconstruction work until around Oct. 8.

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