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Canadian Arthur B. McDonald shares Nobel Prize in physics

The Canadian Press | posted Tuesday, Oct 6th, 2015

STOCKHOLM – Canada’s Arthur McDonald and Takaaki Kajita of Japan have won the Nobel Prize in physics for the discovery of neutrino oscillations.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said the two researchers had made key contributions to experiments showing that neutrinos change identities.

“The discovery has changed our understanding of the innermost workings of matter and can prove crucial to our view of the universe,” the academy said.

Kajita is director of the Institute for Cosmic Ray Research and professor at the University of Tokyo.

McDonald is a professor emeritus at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada.

The winners will split about $960,000 in prize money.

Each winner also gets a diploma and a gold medal at the prize ceremony on Dec. 10.

Jays fans contemplate sick days, vacation requests for afternoon playoff games

Diana Mehta, The Canadian Press | posted Tuesday, Oct 6th, 2015

Sick days, last-minute vacation requests and reluctant ticket sales – those were just some of the options being considered by Toronto Blue Jays fans as the baseball team’s long-awaited playoff games were officially slated for inconvenient afternoon starts.

The timing came as a blow to many who’ve watched the team make an exhilarating second-half push to the post-season for the first time since 1993.

Game 1 on Thursday is set to begin between 3:37 p.m. and 4:07 p.m., while Game 2 on Friday starts even earlier with opening pitch scheduled for 12:45 p.m.

For Samantha Valters, who couldn’t take a vacation day at short notice, the times meant she had to put her prized tickets up for sale.

“This is the moment I’ve been waiting for over 20 years for, so it’s a real bummer,” said the 31-year-old. “It kind of ruins that high and excitement in the city when you can’t all get together and root for your team.”

Calling in sick wasn’t an option for Valters either because everyone in her office knows just how much of a Jays fan she is.

“I’m a super fan. I’m dressed in Jays gear right now. I have little bobble-heads at work on my desk,” she said with a laugh. “I’ve been at the World Series games when I was a kid and I’ve been looking forward to this for so long.”

Valters hopes she’ll be able to go to other playoff games, but notes she’ll likely only be able to make it if they are after regular working hours.

“At least they’re in the playoffs, and that makes me incredibly happy,” she said. “But you’d love to be there in that moment and feel that camaraderie.”

Like Valters, Josh Elijah definitely wants to experience the games with friends.

The London, Ont., resident doesn’t have tickets to the games in Toronto but is determined to find a way to watch them on television with his buddies.

He has plans to leave work early on Thursday, but is still contemplating what he’ll do for the Friday game.

“I’m going to try to get out of work somehow,” he said, adding that he hoped his boss would be sympathetic. “I want to be with my friends to watch the game. This is the moment, this is the time all Blue Jays fans have been waiting for.”

The 30-year-old, who describes himself as an “avid baseball fan” said he’d certainly be burning a sick day for future games in the coming weeks if they are scheduled during the day.

Jacob Robinson is also considering time off work if more playoff games land in the middle of the afternoon.

The Delhi, Ont., resident will be at Friday’s game thanks to a well-timed day off, he and his wife won’t be able to make it to Game 1 – a situation that’s left him frustrated.

“It’s a bit of a gut punch to not be able to go to that first game, and having spent that much money to go,” he said. “It was the one I was really excited about because it’s the first time in 22 years.”

If future games are slotted for more afternoons, Robinson plans to ask his boss about possibly using some vacation time to go watch them because he feels the experience is worth it.

“This is kind of the one team I feel everyone rallies around, no matter where you’re from in Canada,” he said. “It’s not only just the team, but the excitement around it. I really just hope that the afternoon games don’t take away from that.”

Scotiabank will no longer sponsor Nuit Blanche

CityNews | posted Monday, Oct 5th, 2015

Scotiabank says it will no longer sponsor Nuit Blanche, the all-night party that transforms Toronto into a roaming art exhibit.

In a statement, the bank says that despite supporting Nuit Blanche since its first year in 2006, it won’t be lending its name, or money, moving forward.

This year’s event has made headlines for some boorish behaviour that saw police inundated with calls, including one for a stabbing. Officers were also caught on video retreating as a large crowd taunted them and hurled bottles in their direction at Yonge-Dundas Square.

But Scotiabank says the decision was made long before the bad press.

“In 2015, we completed a review of our sponsorship priorities and decided that Nuit Blanche no longer aligns with our sponsorship strategy. We informed event organizers in February that we would not renew our sponsorship of this property after the 2015 event, providing event organizers with more than 18 months of notice.”

Scotiabank says it’s helping organizers as they try to find new sponsors.

Game on: Rogers offering 4K ‘gigabit’ download speeds for NHL, Blue Jays games

CityNews | posted Monday, Oct 5th, 2015

Rogers is launching “4K gigabit” Internet speeds, including live broadcasting in 4K with HDR, taking viewers “closer to the action.”

With Rogers Ignite Gigabit, customers will get access to over 100 live sports events broadcast in 4K – four times the pixels of HD – including every Blue Jays home game next season.

“We are solving both problems in one go with the world’s largest commitment to 4K broadcasting and a new 4K set top box for customers that will allow customers to see sports and entertainment in the highest resolution and with the fastest internet speeds,” Guy Laurence, president and CEO of Rogers Communications said in a release.

“4K gets you closer to the action than the linesman and first base coach, and HDR brings those images to life with intense colour and contrast.”

More than over 20 NHL games this season will be available in 4K as well, starting with the Toronto Maple Leafs game against the Montreal Canadiens on Jan. 23, 2016.

“As we go into year two of our 12-year partnership, it is exciting that Rogers is bringing even more innovation to the game and our fans,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “4K will deliver a broadcast experience like no other in sports and I’m thrilled Canadian hockey fans will get even closer to the game and action with this technology.”

Rogers Ignite Gigabit will be available in Harbourfront, Cabbagetown, Riverdale, King Street West, Queen Street West, the Financial District, Discovery District, Yonge and Bloor, and elsewhere in the GTA including Vaughan, Markham, Richmond Hill, Pickering, Ajax, and Whitby.

By the end of 2016, it will be available to more than four-million homes across Ontario and Atlantic Canada.

The “4K gigabit” Internet speeds will also be available on Netflix for original series such as House of Cards, Marvel’s Daredevil, and Chef’s Table. More than 100 hours of movies, series and TV shows will be available on 4K on shomi as well.

A 4K set top box and Rogers Ignite Gigabit Internet with unlimited usage is available for $149.99 atRogers.com/4K.

Tag and tow time for drivers parked illegally during downtown rush hour

CityNews | posted Monday, Oct 5th, 2015

Toronto police will be out in full force on Monday, targeting drivers who park illegally on rush-hour routes. Park illegally, and it’s tow time for you.

With the latest “tag and tow” blitz, police will be tagging and towing vehicles parked or stopped illegally on major streets bound by Dufferin Street, Bloor Street, Don Valley Parkway and Lake Shore Boulevard.

The blitz aims to combat gridlock by ticketing and towing vehicles that obstruct rush-hour routes.

Last month, Mayor John Tory said it is “selfish” and “unacceptable” for anyone who chooses to park illegally and block traffic on city roads, adding this is the only way to make the message clear to drivers.

Having a car tagged and towed comes at a hefty price tag for drivers.

A $150 fine will apply for standing, stopping or parking illegally on rush-hour roads between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. and between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Drivers whose vehicles are towed away will also face a towing fee of $200 and daily storage of $80.

During the last tag and tow blitz earlier this year, drivers faced a fine of up to $230 to get back their vehicle, while delivery trucks faced as much as $1,000.

Police have issued more than 61,000 tickets and towed over 12,000 vehicles since the campaign started in January. Around 960 of the vehicles had out-of-province licence plates.

Blue Jays will face West-champion Rangers in American League Division Series

Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press | posted Monday, Oct 5th, 2015

The Toronto Blue Jays will face the American League West-champion Texas Rangers in the first round of the playoffs.

Game 1 of the American League Division Series is Thursday at Rogers Centre.

David Price will start for the Blue Jays, while Yovani Gallardo is expected to take the mound for the Rangers to begin the best-of-five series.

Gallardo went 2-0 against Toronto this season and didn’t allow a run.

The Blue Jays had a chance to earn home-field advantage throughout the playoffs but went 1-4 in their final five games after clinching the AL East, including a 12-3 loss Sunday to the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Kansas City Royals, who led the AL for months, won five straight to end the season and earn home-field advantage.

Kansas City will face the winner of the AL wild-card game between the New York Yankees and Houston Astros.

In the National League, the New York Mets will face the Los Angeles Dodgers, while the Central Division-champion St. Louis Cardinals will play the winner of the wild-card game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs.

Whoever comes out of the American League will have home-field advantage in the World Series because of the All-Star Game.

While the Blue Jays popped champagne to celebrate their division title Wednesday in Baltimore, Texas needed a victory on Sunday to clinch the AL West.

Cole Hamels, whom the Rangers acquired at the deadline before the Blue Jays got Price, started the final game of the regular season and would be on regular rest to pitch in Game 2 Friday.

The Blue Jays have not announced a Game 2 starter, though the decision would seem to come down to Marcus Stroman or Marco Estrada.

General manager Alex Anthopoulos said the Blue Jays wouldn’t decide based on who’d be better to pitch at home but rather, “Who’s our best option to win that game.”

Whichever pitcher doesn’t get that start will likely go in Game 3 on Sunday, Oct. 11 at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey would figure to start Game 4 Oct. 12, if necessary, with Price lined up for Game 5 on Oct. 14 if it’s required.

‘Nuit’ to know: All-night art festival dominates weekend roundup

Patricia D’Cunha and Amber LeBlanc | posted Friday, Oct 2nd, 2015

Much of Toronto will be transformed into a giant art gallery at Nuit Blanche this weekend, but much to the chagrin of drivers it comes with road closures. On a positive note, the TTC and GO Transit are coming to the rescue with special service.

There are other events taking place in the city and beyond like the CIBC Run for the Cure, which is being held across Canada on Sunday


Nuit Blanche

“I want to turn the city inside out for one night with the help and energy of the community, so that Toronto creates a powerful image that will be remembered.” – internationally acclaimed artist JR.

The sunset to sunrise contemporary art event is celebrating its 10th year in the city. This year, there will be more than 110 projects by 400 artists. Seven of the projects are curated by artist JR as part of the Black and White Night exhibition. One of them is Inside Out, which showcases large-scale portraits of people making “strong” faces. There is free admission to all the Nuit Blanche installations.

The Inside Out project in 2013, part of the Black and White Night exhibition at Nuit Blanche 2015, curated by artist JR. SCOTIABANK NUIT BLANCHE
The Inside Out project in 2013, part of the Black and White Night exhibition at Nuit Blanche 2015, curated by artist JR. SCOTIABANK NUIT BLANCHE

Road closures
The following streets will be closed to motorists:

  • Queens Quay from York to Parliament streets, 4 p.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday,
  • Queen Street West from Yonge Street to University Avenue, 6 p.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Sunday,
  • Bay Street between Dundas Street West and Queens Quay, 6 p.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Sunday,
  • Queen’s Park between Bloor Street and Queen’s Park Crescent, 5 p.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Sunday,
  • Queen’s Park Crescent from Queen’s Park to College Street, 5 p.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Sunday.

Click here for more road closures from Toronto police.

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