New racetrack deals inked
The freshly-formed Liberal government of Ontario has brokered deals with 14 racetracks to replace the cancelled slot machine program, and six will hold a horse race season this year.
The Canadian Press reports the province is still negotiating with eight racetracks about the upcoming horse race season, and Premier Kathleen Wynne will reveal more details from the Grand River Raceway in Elora, Ont. at noon today. Woodbine and Mohawk racetracks are among those which reportedly signed new two-year agreements with the government.
Last year, the Liberals sliced the $345-million annual slot machine revenue share to its racetracks, resulting in several closures. However, sources tell the news agency this new horse racing strategy is part of Wynne’s approach to help racetracks maintain profitability.
Daylight Savings Time: lose an hour, lose TTC service
The TTC’s Yonge-University-Spadina subway line will experience a one-day service closure between Union and St. George stations on Sunday, the same day we lose an hour of sleep to Daylight Savings Time.
680 News reports this partial closure will accommodate signal work on the tracks, and service will be unavailable from 12:01 a.m. Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday. Shuttle buses will be available for passengers, with two stops at St. George station, and Adelaide Street.
Meanwhile, Daylight Savings Time will begin at 2 a.m. on Sunday. Coincidence?
Justin Bieber to perform day after collapse
Justin Bieber, what are you doing? The 19-year-old singer collapsed backstage in London at a Thursday night concert, and after a 20-minute break, he returned to the stage, before calling it a night. Now, The Hollywood Reporter writes the Biebs will perform at London’s O2 Arena yet again, just a day after his health scare.
On Thursday night, Bieber received oxygen, was treated by local EMTs and a doctor, and then proceeded to finish the show before visiting an area hospital.
Still, the venue’s official Twitter feed wrote, “Good morning everyone. As things stand Justin Bieber is still set to perform the [fourth and] final night of his shows at The O2 this evening,” on Friday morning.
As for the Biebs himself, he tweeted a shirtless selfie from his hospital bed, and wrote, “Getting better. thanks for everyone pulling me thru tonight.”
The Stratford, Ont. native has been keeping a late night schedule since turning 19 last week, and has been repeatedly spotted out at late hours, attracting swarms of fans. Earlier this week, Bieber was booed for reportedly arriving two hours late for a concert, much to the chagrin of his young fans and their parents.
Perhaps a night off, or on bed rest, would not be a bad idea for the singer? Alas.