May 2, 2014 6:19 am

Toronto Morning: What you need to know today

Premier Kathleen Wynne asked to meet with NDP Leader Andrea Horwath by May 8 to discuss whether the NDP will support the $130.4-billion spending blueprint.

Canadian Press

TORONTO – The minority Liberals tabled a spring budget Thursday and gave the New Democrats a week to decide whether they’ll support it or send voters to the polls.

Premier Kathleen Wynne asked to meet with NDP Leader Andrea Horwath by May 8 to discuss whether the NDP will support the $130.4-billion spending blueprint.

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The NDP leader did not show up to comment before reporters in the budget lockup, a stunning move unheard of in recent memory.

WEATHER

Mainly cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. High 13 except 9 near Lake Ontario. UV index 5 or moderate.

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TRAFFIC AND TRANSIT

Roads: Click for the latest Toronto traffic.

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Sports:          

Raptors:

The Raptors hope to clinch their series against the Nets in Brooklyn Friday night. They lead the series 3-2.

Blue Jays:

Juan Francisco and Colby Rasmus each homered and drove in two runs, and Anthony Gose also had a pair of RBIs as the Blue Jays avoided a series sweep by beating the Kansas City Royals 7-3 Thursday night.

IN THE NEWS…

Getting around town this weekend might be a little hard with the closing of the Don Valley Parkway.

The annual GoodLife Fitness Toronto Marathon on Sunday, May 4 will mean a bevy of road closures this weekend.

Mayor Rob Ford’s latest scandals and his decision to seek treatment for substance abuse put him back in the crosshairs of late night TV hosts on Thursday.

The RCMP do not appear to have seriously considered using the Parliament of Canada Act to lay charges against Nigel Wright for his central role in the Senate expenses scandal.

Senior officials from Malaysia, Australia and China will meet early next week to decide on the next step in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet.

ALSO COMING UP TODAY…

Hockey Hall-of-Famer Gordie Howe opens the Toronto Stock Exchange on the eve of the 9th annual Scotiabank Baycrest Pro-Am. (9:30 a.m. at 130 King St. W.)

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath to comment on Thursday’s Ontario budget. (10 a.m. at Queen’s Park)

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