April 28, 2014 6:51 am

Toronto Morning: What you need to know today

The parapet wall of the Gardiner Expressway near Cherry Street.

City of Toronto report

TORONTO – Beginning today, the Gardiner Expressway will be reduced to two lanes between the Humber River and Strachan Avenue for the next two years.

One lane of traffic in each direction will be closed between the CNE and Grand Magazine Street (roughly Bathurst Street) for reconstruction of the crumbling bridge deck. This work won’t be finished until December 2016.

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Meanwhile, the Gardiner between Humber River and Carlaw will be off limits beginning today until May 1 from 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

WEATHER

Sunny. Increasing cloudiness late this afternoon. Wind becoming east 30 km/h gusting to 50 this afternoon. High 12 except 8 near Lake Ontario.

More on current weather conditions and a 7-day forecast. 

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TRAFFIC AND TRANSIT

REMINDER: Motorists are being reminded that the several lanes of the Gardiner Expressway will be closed for construction projects.

Roads: Click for the latest Toronto traffic.

Mass Transit: Click for TTC and GO Transit Updates.

Sports:          

Raptors:

DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points as the beaten-up Toronto Raptors tied their playoff series with the Brooklyn Nets with a 87-79 victory Sunday.

IN THE NEWS…

A Brampton man has died of his injuries after a stabbing attack overnight. Peel police’s SWAT team was dispatched to a town house on Sky Valley Drive just after 1 a.m.

A two-alarm fire broke out on the Danforth early Monday morning. The fire reportedly started in the basement of a restaurant where crews found heavy smoke and fire in the electrical room.

Close to 100 vintage Toronto street signs are up for auction today as the city begins the process of selling off its decommissioned signage.

A new study shows nearly half of Ontario’s elementary school and roughly 40 per cent of high school principals have recommended students with special education needs not attend school the full day.

An anti-immigration flyer has angered Ontario’s premier and prompted calls for charges, but a successful prosecution under Canada’s hate crime laws faces an uphill climb.

Members of Parliament are back to work in Ottawa today after a two-week break, and it’s going to be a fast-paced return with Senate and electoral reform both on the hot topics list.

ALSO COMING UP TODAY…

York University welcomes 600 York Region District School Board students for the mental-health conference, Descrambled, a full-day event focusing on youth and mental health awareness. (9 a.m. at Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan Theatre, Accolade East)

Former First Nations police chief Lawrence Hay seeks a judicial review of the decision by former OPP commissioner Julian Fantino to fire him. (10 a.m. at Divisional Court, 130 Queen St. W.)

Prime Minister Stephen Harper will participate in a roundtable. He will be joined by Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and Minister for La Francophonie as well as Lois Brown, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development. (10 a.m. at Mount Sinai Hospital )

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne speaks to the Empire Club of Canada about “Jobs, Opportunity and Security for Today and Tomorrow.” (12 p.m. at Metropolitan Ballroom, Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, 1 Harbour Square)

Ontario Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk holds a news conference to discuss the Special Report on the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp.’s Modernization Plan. (2 p.m. at Queen’s Park, Media Studio)

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