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Toronto Daystarter: Thursday, June 18, 2015

06/18/2015 07:19 EDT | Updated 06/18/2016 05:59 EDT
Here's what you need to know for Thursday, June 18, 2015:

Weather

Wet weather is likely today, with a 70 per cent chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon and this evening. 

The expected high is 25 C.

Traffic

The westbound Gardiner Expressway is closed from South Kingsway to Islington Avenue after an alcohol-related crash that sent six to hospital.

The Park Lawn Road ramp is closed as well. 

Police say they hope to have the road opened by 9 a.m.

Transit

The TTC is mostly running smoothly this morning, GO Transit is running well, and flights at both airports are moving mostly on time.

- Follow the links next to this story for full transit details (External links)

​Tory calls for end to carding today

Mayor John Tory will officially call for an end to police carding at a Toronto Police Services Board meeting this morning.

Tory had initially stood behind the police practice — which continues to be defended by Chief Mark Saunders — but changed his mind earlier in June as outrage grew.

There are also reports in the Toronto Star and Toronto Sun this morning that board chair Alok Mukherjee is ready to resign from the police services board. He's led the board for eight years.  

Toronto-area senator accused of affair with teen

Don Meredith, appointed to the Senate by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2010, has been kicked out of the Conservative caucus, CBC News has confirmed.

The development comes as the Toronto Star reported Wednesday night that an 18-year-old woman alleged she had an inappropriate sexual relationship with Meredith, which began when she was 16.

Meredith, 50, is  an ordained minister at a Pentecostal church in Vaughan, Ont. He ran unsuccessfully for the Tories in Toronto Centre in a 2008 byelection.

Police seek public help to solve sex assault

Toronto police are once again appealing for help to solve a violent sex assault that happened last month near Lawrence and Don Mills.

Sex Crimes Insp. Joanna Beaven-Desjardins of the police force's sex crimes unit described the incident as the most brutal assault she's ever seen. 

Police say the incident took place around 3 p.m. on Friday, May 22, in the Deepwood Crescent and Greenland Road area.

The suspect knocked on the front door, said he was looking to buy the house, which was up for sale, and was allowed to enter, said police.

He then attacked and sexually assaulted the victim, a woman cleaning the house, police said.

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