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Honda Indy Toronto odds: Betting favourite Alex Palou looks for a fourth straight win

The Toronto Star

23-07-14 16:59

Alex Palou is the favorite to win the Honda Indy Toronto race, with odds of +375. He has won three consecutive races and currently holds a comfortable lead in the drivers' championship. Scott Dixon and Will Power, who both finished on the podium in the previous race in Ohio, are also worth considering. Dixon has won at the Toronto track four times before, while Power has three victories to his name. Palou finished sixth in Toronto last year, but started the race in 22nd place.

Shohei Ohtani props, odds and best bet vs. Astros: Take the over on his strikeout line

The Toronto Star

23-07-14 16:49

Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels is set to pitch against the Houston Astros, with several prop betting opportunities available. Ohtani is the frontrunner for the AL MVP award, leading the league in home runs, total bases, and OPS. However, the Angels have been struggling lately and are five games back from a playoff spot. Despite Ohtani's individual success, the team's poor performance may impact his chances of winning the MVP award. The article suggests betting on Ohtani to have over 6.5 strikeouts in the game against the Astros.

Blue Jays odds vs. Diamondbacks July 14: Toronto favoured at home in series opener behind Berrios

The Toronto Star

23-07-14 15:42

The Toronto Blue Jays are set to face the Arizona Diamondbacks in their first game after the All-Star break. The Blue Jays enter the second half of the season with a 50-41 record and currently hold a wild-card spot. They will be facing a tough test with Jose Berrios on the mound. The Diamondbacks, who currently occupy a wild-card spot, are led by rookie sensation Corbin Carroll and have a dangerous lineup. Pitcher Ryne Nelson will start for Arizona. Berrios is coming off a strong performance against the White Sox. Prop markets for the game have not been released yet.

S&P/TSX composite edges higher, U.S. stock markets also rise

The Toronto Star

23-07-14 15:36

Canada's main stock index, the S&P/TSX composite, saw a slight increase as gains in the financial and industrial sectors offset losses in the telecom, energy, and base metal stocks. In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average and the S&P 500 index also saw gains, while the Nasdaq composite experienced a significant increase. The Canadian dollar traded lower against the US dollar. Crude oil and natural gas prices dropped, while gold and copper prices remained relatively stable.

Council declares peregrine falcon Hamilton’s ‘city bird’

The Toronto Star

23-07-14 22:07

The peregrine falcon has been declared Hamilton's official bird. The falcons have nested on the 18th floor ledge of the Sheraton Hotel for nearly 30 years. The Hamilton Community Peregrine Project has been monitoring and caring for the birds since 1995. The peregrine falcon was chosen as the official bird through a survey conducted by Bird Friendly Hamilton Burlington.

Scott Dixon ready to defend title at Honda Indy Toronto, his ‘home’ race where he has won 4 times

The Toronto Star

23-07-14 21:38

Scott Dixon, a New Zealand native, has won the Honda Indy Toronto four times and has the second-most victories in the race's history. The track has been resurfaced for this year's event, with changes made to the surface between turns 8 and 11 to provide a smoother ride. Dixon is currently second in the IndyCar points standings, behind his Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Alex Palou. There is an 80% chance of rain during qualifying and a 40% chance on race day, with thunderstorms expected on both days.

13 new cases, no new deaths in Waterloo Region’s weekly COVID-19 update

The Toronto Star

23-07-14 21:22

Waterloo Region has reported 13 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in the region to 57,409. There have been no new deaths reported. Currently, there are 9 people hospitalized with COVID-19, but none are in intensive care. There is one active outbreak at a high-risk setting, with five cases reported at the Fairview Mennonite long-term care facility in Cambridge. The number of active cases in the region has increased by eight from the previous week, with a total of 73 active cases. The wastewater signal for the virus is declining in Kitchener and remains low in Cambridge. Testing in Ontario is limited to those at highest risk, so the number of new cases may not accurately reflect all infections.

Women in Motorsports program gives Chip Ganassi Racing a competitive edge

The Toronto Star

23-07-14 20:56

Chip Ganassi Racing has been successful in hiring women for its IndyCar Racing team, with two of its drivers currently leading the season's standings. Anna Chatten, a gearbox mechanic for Ganassi, believes that hiring women has brought diversity and creativity to the team, contributing to their success. Chatten and other women on the team have a different mindset and perspective, which adds value to the team. Ganassi has partnered with PNC Bank to create the Women in Motorsports program, providing internship opportunities for women in different technical departments. The program is not just about checking the equality box, but about finding the best people to win races. The addition of women has brought a different conversation and temperament to the team, according to driver Scott Dixon.

Curve Lake, Hiawatha First Nation representatives meet with King Charles III

The Toronto Star

23-07-14 20:42

A delegation of leaders from the Mississauga Nations met with King Charles III at a garden party at the King’s residence in Edinburgh, Scotland earlier this month. The delegation, which included representatives from Curve Lake and Hiawatha First Nations, had a 15-minute meeting with the King. This was the first time in 163 years that the Mississauga Nations have met with a British monarch. The meeting was part of a rekindling of the nation-to-nation relationship the First Nations had with the monarchy prior to Canada’s formation in 1867.

Guerrero homers as Blue Jays open second half with 7-2 win over Diamondbacks

The Toronto Star

23-07-15 02:15

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a home run in his first plate appearance following his Home Run Derby win, helping the Toronto Blue Jays defeat the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-2. Matt Chapman and Whit Merrifield also contributed to the Blue Jays' win with three hits and two RBIs respectively. The Blue Jays have had a successful season so far, with a 17-7 record against NL opponents.

Emergencies minister mobilizes military to help fight B.C. wildfires

The Toronto Star

23-07-14 23:23

The Canadian government is sending federal assistance, including military resources, to help British Columbia fight hundreds of wildfires. Emergencies minister Bill Blair has approved a request for federal assistance, which will come from various departments and the Canadian Armed Forces. The assistance is expected to include military aid for evacuations and trained troops to help fight the fires. The BC Wildfire Service has reported over 360 active fires in the province, with 17 of them being threatening or potentially damaging.

Iowa law banning most abortions after about 6 weeks takes effect as judge weighs whether to block it

The Globe and Mail

23-07-14 23:20

The governor of Iowa signed a law banning most abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy. The new legislation prevents almost all abortions once cardiac activity can be detected, which is usually around six weeks of pregnancy. The bill will be considered in the context of decisions by the US Supreme Court and Iowa’s Supreme Court last year, when both reversed themselves on rulings that had affirmed a woman’s constitutional right to abortion. The new measure has been met with legal challenges.

Toronto police ID man found dead 4 years ago, hope genetic genealogy will crack more cases


23-07-14 23:12

Toronto police have used genetic genealogy to identify a man found dead four years ago in the stairwell of a building. The process combines DNA analysis with genealogical research, allowing police to identify unknown remains and offenders in homicide or sexual assault cases where DNA has been left at a crime scene. Toronto police have 65 unidentified human remains that they want to identify and are in the process of sending 12 unidentified remains for testing. The identification of the man provides closure to his family and shows genetic genealogy can help with cold cases.

Olivia Chow wants Toronto to declare an epidemic of intimate partner violence

The Globe and Mail

23-07-14 22:37

Toronto Mayor Olivia Chow plans to ask the city council to declare gender-based and intimate partner violence an epidemic in Canada's largest city. This comes after the Ontario government recently announced that it would not be making such a declaration. If approved, Toronto would join over 30 municipalities in Ontario that have already declared the issue an epidemic. Chow is also calling on the provincial and federal governments to make the same declaration and to take action on the other recommendations made in last year's coroner's inquest into the deaths of three women murdered by a mutual ex-partner in eastern Ontario.

Ontario’s Darlington nuclear station is on time, on budget and learning from past mistakes

The Globe and Mail

23-07-15 10:00

Ontario Power Generation's (OPG) $12.8 billion refurbishment of the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station in Canada is progressing on time and on budget. The refurbishment project, which aims to extend the life of the four reactors by 30 years, has been successful due to OPG's ability to learn from past mistakes and implement best practices. Lessons learned from previous nuclear projects, such as the Pickering A refurbishment, have been applied to the Darlington project. OPG also invested in upfront engineering work, built a full-scale reactor mock-up for training purposes, and acquired parts for all units at once to mitigate supply chain risks. The project has faced challenges including the COVID-19 pandemic and radioactive particle exposure, but OPG has responded effectively to address these issues.

‘Today’s federal Conservatives afford little reason for optimism.’ Fit to govern? Plus other letters to the editor for July 15

The Globe and Mail

23-07-15 08:00

This opinion piece highlights the importance of political opportunism in pushing for positive change. The writer cites examples of political maneuvering that resulted in positive outcomes. In one instance, a provincial government on the verge of electoral defeat implemented a robust freedom of information law in order to saddle its adversaries with the legislation. In another example, outgoing Prime Minister Jean Chrétien banned corporate and union contributions to federal political parties, which both strengthened democracy and weakened his successor, Paul Martin. The writer argues that while activists and idealists play a crucial role in pushing for positive change, political horse traders are often needed to seal the deal. This piece suggests that sometimes it takes a scrappy and opportunistic politician to push for positive change, and that this should be recognized and appreciated.

Nearly 9 out of 10 classic video games are out of print. Here's why saving games matters


23-07-15 08:00

Nearly 90% of classic video games are "critically endangered" and unavailable on the modern gaming market, according to a study by the Seattle-based Video Game History Foundation (VGHF). The foundation called on libraries and archives to do more to preserve older games and urged publishers to make games available on digital platforms. At present, only 4.5% of Commodore 64 games are available, while for the PlayStation 2 the figure is 12%. VGHF co-director Kelsey Lewin said the situation was similar to the lack of availability of American silent films or audio recorded before World War II. Preserving the history of video games is important as the industry is worth hundreds of billions of dollars worldwide and contributes $5.5bn to Canada's GDP each year, according to the Entertainment Software Association of Canada.

My EV gave me freedom from the pumps, but took away my freedom to roam


23-07-15 08:00

A woman who took a 15,000 km road trip from Toronto to British Columbia in a VW ID.4 EV has described her anxiety at finding working charging points when she needed them. Despite planning her route to include fast chargers, she found some were not operational, leaving her concerned she would not reach the next charging station in time. She also encountered a lack of charging points in rural areas, meaning she had to cut short some days and spend time charging at remote campgrounds.

Blue Jays’ Kevin Gausman scratched from start because of left side discomfort

The Toronto Star

23-07-15 14:15

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Kevin Gausman was unable to start in Saturday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks due to discomfort in his left side. An MRI revealed no damage, and Gausman is considered day-to-day. Chris Bassitt started in Gausman's place. Gausman has a 7-5 record with a 3.03 ERA this season, while Bassitt has an 8-5 record with a 4.19 ERA. Gausman signed a five-year, $110 million contract with the Blue Jays before the 2022 season, while Bassitt signed a three-year, $63 million contract with the team last offseason.

Ontario to recoup COVID-19 loans to province’s doctors

The Globe and Mail

23-07-15 14:05

The Ontario government plans to recoup loan payments issued to doctors at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The province aims to recover over $521 million in outstanding loan payments to fund other priorities. Starting next month, the Ministry of Health will deduct pay from physicians' monthly OHIP payments over a one-year period, with no interest charged. The ministry says it was clear from the start that the loan payments would need to be paid back. Since loan repayments began in April 2021, nearly $139 million has been recovered out of the total $660 million provided. The province paused the loan recovery process in May 2021, but it will resume based on the circumstances of the pandemic.