May 21, 2014 5:27 am

Toronto Morning: What you need to know today

Ontario's political parties begin their campaign ads on television, radio and print media today.

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TORONTO – Ontario’s political parties are unleashing their campaign ads on television, radio and print media today.

Election rules prevented them from running the ads in the past two weeks, but the blackout period ended at midnight.

The Liberals are rolling out a TV commercial across the province, as well as 35 different radio spots voiced by Premier Kathleen Wynne.

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The Tories are also putting out a radio ad targeting the Liberals and their costly decision to cancel two gas plants ahead of the last election at a cost of up to $1.1 billion.

Meanwhile, the NDP are expected to have a “wrap” – a cover page – of one the large daily newspapers whose readership isn’t typically associated with their voters.

WEATHER

Mainly cloudy. 40 percent chance of showers late this morning and this afternoon. Risk of a thunderstorm this afternoon. High 19 except 13 near Lake Ontario. UV index 6 or high.

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

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TRAFFIC AND TRANSIT

Roads: Click for the latest Toronto traffic.

Mass Transit: Click for TTC and GO Transit Updates.

Sports:                 

Blue Jays:

Edwin Encarnacion hit a pair of two-run homers for Toronto as the Blue Jays took a big lead early and held on to beat the slumping Boston Red Sox 7-4 on Tuesday night.

IN THE NEWS…

There will be a series of “intermittent” lane closures on Lake Shore Boulevard beginning today and continuing until mid-July.

A group of football fans in Buffalo, New York has organized a boycott of rock group Bon Jovi in an effort to keep the NFL’s Bills in the city and away from Canada.

Receding floodwater in Bosnia and Serbia is revealing the next shock: recovery from the historic flood will cost billions of euros that neither of the countries has.

The royal visit to Canada has made headlines in Britain’s Daily Mail for what the tabloid reported was a remark in which Prince Charles likened Russian President Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler when talking to a woman who lost relatives in the Holocaust.

ALSO COMING UP TODAY…

Official Opposition Transport critic Hoang Mai (Brossard-La Prairie) and Deputy Transport critic Matthew Kellway (Beaches-East York) will be announcing the next steps they will be taking to pick up the torch from former MP Olivia Chow to increase cyclist safety by making truck side guards mandatory. (12 p.m. at North-East corner of Nathan Phillips Square, near bike racks, 100 Queen St. W)

John McCallum, the Liberal critic for citizenship, immigration and multiculturalism, will hold a roundtable with stakeholders to discuss the Temporary Foreign Worker program. (1:30 p.m. at Hamilton Sheraton Hotel, McNabb Room, 116 King St. W.)

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau meets with Arnold Chan, Liberal candidate for Scarborough-Agincourt, and campaign workers. Media availability at 3:30 p.m. (2:45 p.m. at Arnold Chan campaign office, 3107 Sheppard Avenue East)

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