Mixed night for Toronto sports teams – with a big win for the Raptors, but a loss for Toronto FC. DeMar DeRozan had 37 points as the Raptors beat the Washington Wizards 130-119 on Tuesday, taking a 2-0 lead in their opening-round playoff series. It’s the first time Toronto has led a series 2-0, and comes three days after they won their first playoff opener in 17 years. For Toronto FC fan though, a different story. Chivas Guadalajara defeated Toronto FC 2-1 at BMO Field in the opener of the two-leg CONCACAF Champions League final.
Another reason police are reminding drivers to clear the ice off their vehicles – after a scary situation for some passengers headed to Niagara Falls on Tuesday. A tour bus was travelling on the westbound QEW, east of Erin Mills Parkway, around 10 a.m. when the ice came hurtling through the windshield. CityNews reports the driver was merging into the HOV lane when a huge chunk of ice crashed through the vehicle after it flew off another vehicle. Thankfully, nobody was hurt.
The Bank of Canada will decide today whether to continue raising interest rates, and will issue its latest predictions for the Canadian economy. Most economists expect the central bank to retain its key rate at 1.25 per cent, the level it has been at since the last quarter-point increase in January.
Barbara Bush, the witty matriarch of a political dynasty that propelled two of its members to the White House, died Tuesday after a series of recent hospitalizations. She was 92. The office of George H.W. Bush said in a statement: “My dear mother has passed on at age 92. Laura, Barbara, Jenna, and I are sad, but our souls are settled because we know hers was. Barbara Bush was a fabulous First Lady and a woman unlike any other who brought levity, love, and literacy to millions,” former president George W. Bush wrote in a statement Tuesday night. “To us, she was so much more. Mom kept us on our toes and kept us laughing until the end. I’m a lucky man that Barbara Bush was my mother. Our family will miss her dearly, and we thank you all for your prayers and good wishes.”
One person died after a Southwest Airlines engine exploded mid-flight on Tuesday, shrapnel blasting through one of the windows and depressurizing the cabin. Flight 1380 was en route from New York City’s LaGuardia International Airport to Dallas Love Field when the engine failure forced the plane to make an emergency landing at the Philadelphia International Airport. One woman was partially sucked out the window, but was rescued by other passengers. She later died in hospital. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.