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Toronto Daystarter: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

06/09/2015 06:48 EDT | Updated 06/09/2016 05:59 EDT
Here's what you need to know for Tuesday, June 9, 2015:

Weather

There is a high of 21 C expected for the day, with a chance of showers looming throughout the morning and afternoon. 

From CBC Toronto meteorologist Jay Scotland: "While I doubt we'll see widespread rain Tuesday, the risk for isolated thunderstorms persists through the early and mid-afternoon ahead of a late afternoon/evening clearing trend."

Transit

After a disaster morning on the TTC yesterday, things are running relatively smoothly today. An overnight collision between a taxi and a car on Yonge Street near Davenport Road is causing some problems for buses. 

The 97 Yonge is diverting southbound via Roxborough, Avenue, Davenport, Bay and Yorkville. The same bus is diverting northbound via Bloor, Avenue, and St. Clair. 

The elevator from the eastbound platform to concourse bus level at Dundas West station is out of service. 

Similarly, the elevator from the concourse to the new northbound Yonge Line platform at Union Station is out of service. 

There are also elevators out of service at Sheppard, Finch and Dufferin stations. 

GO Transit trains and buses are running on time. At Burlington station, there will be no elevator access from the south side of the station until fall 2015 because of construction.

Toronto Pearson airport and Billy Bishop airport downtown are reporting that air traffic is moving on time. ​

Ramped up Metrolinx service during Pan Ams

Toronto area residents will be able to take advantage of enhanced GO transit service during the upcoming Pan Am and Parapan Am games.

Metrolinx, which operates the service, says routes that serve major events will be beefed up.

The expanded service will include extra GO train service on the Lakeshore East and West line and more GO bus trips to serve events in St. Catharines, Milton and Mississauga, among other places.

Game tickets can be used as valid fare on GO Transit and other participating transit systems on the day of the event.

Gardiner East vote coming

The question of what to do with the elevated portion of the Gardiner Expressway east of Jarvis Street will go before city council on Thursday. With two options on the table, both sides have been ramping up efforts to promote their preferred option as the best for the city. 

Last week, a group of former Toronto politicians and public servants called for the 1.7-km stretch of road to be torn down to make way for a new eight-lane boulevard and better waterfront access. Their announcement was followed by some of the city's most influential developers also coming out in favour of the tear-down option.

Tory, however, has supported the alternative, so-called hybrid option, which would see most of the Gardiner East remain in place with some new on and off ramps added. Tory gave a speech, sponsored by CAA, at the Empire Club yesterday in favour of the hybrid option.

Inter-provincial trade

Trade barriers have long caused some friction between the provinces, but a meeting today in Toronto will try to dismantle those barriers.

Federal, provincial and territorial trade ministers will discuss how to make it easier to move goods, services and labour across the country.

The Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses has long complained of too many barriers between provinces and hopes an agreement to get rid of them emerges from the meeting.

For one thing, says the lobby group, a product or service that complies with the rules in one province should then be acceptable in all provinces.

Financial literacy

A national strategy for financial literacy is to be launched in Toronto this morning.

Kevin Sorenson, the minister of state for finance, is to detail the plan today.

He is to be joined by financial literacy leader Jane Rooney.

The federal Conservatives have long-promised to introduce a comprehensive financial consumer code.

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