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Toronto extends drinking hours for Olympics

02/20/2014 08:48 EST | Updated 04/22/2014 05:59 EDT
Toronto city council has voted to allow bars to open early for the remainder of the Olympics. 

Bars can serve alcohol as early as 6 a.m. Friday through Sunday, the final day of competition at the Winter Games in Sochi. 

"Cheers to everyone — and go, Canada, go," said Councillor Mike Layton, who introduced the motion, shortly before it was approved in a 37-4 vote Thursday evening. 

The early hours are meant to allow businesses to cash in on the tail end of the Olympics, in particular the men's hockey final, which because of the nine-hour time difference will air Sunday morning in Toronto. 

The extended hours were originally meant to include the women's hockey final on Thursday — which saw Canada take the gold over the U.S. in overtime — but council did not get to the motion during its session on Wednesday. 

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was among those who voted against the motion after arguing it should be amended to include nightclubs. 

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