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Toronto Daystarter: Monday, Aug 3, 2015

08/03/2015 06:32 EDT | Updated 08/03/2016 05:59 EDT
Here's what you need to know as you plan your day this Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. 

Civic holiday

Today is a civic holiday, with most banks, government offices, post offices and liquor stores closed for business.

Weather

A pair of powerful thunderstorms yesterday knocked out power for about 50,000 Toronto Hydro customers. The storms downed trees and caused hail and flooding in some areas. 

Members of our audience shared photos of the storm on social media. You can see them here.

The weather also forced the cancellation of the Veld Music Festival at Downsview Park. With lightning in the skies, the site had to be evacuated, disappointing fans. The second day of the two-day festival was cancelled just before 6 p.m.

As of 6 a.m.  Monday morning, it appears power has been restored to all but a handful of Toronto Hydro customers.

Ontario Hydro's outage map showed a handful of outages by 7 a.m. on Monday.  

Today's weather will be calmer, with the forecast calling for a mix of sun and cloud and a daytime high of 27 C. There's a 30 per cent chance of showers this afternoon and a risk of thundershowers late in the afternoon. 

​News

There was a fatal stabbing overnight that killed one man and sent another to hospital. It happened on Rose Avenue, near Parliament and Bloor Street East.

Also the federal election campaign is officially underway ahead of the Oct. 19 vote. 

Sports

New Blue Jays pitcher David Price will make his first start for Toronto this afternoon. His appearance at a sold-out home game against the Minnesota Twins will be the latest chapter in what has been an exciting week for local baseball fans. The Jays also acquired five-time all star Troy Tulowitzki last week as they tooled up to make a run at the playoffs.

The Blue Jays beat the Kansas City Royals yesterday in a game that featured a few beanings and some heated words between the teams when the benches cleared. The Jays won and enter today's game one game out of a wild card spot. 

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