Olympic flame lights up downtown Toronto
Published Thursday, December 17, 2009 9:02PM EST
The Olympic flame heated up Toronto Thursday as the torch run moved into and through the city, culminating in a huge rally at Nathan Phillips Square.
The notables who carried the torch included:
- CTV Toronto news anchors Christine Bentley and Ken Shaw
- Acclaimed filmmakers Deepa Mehta, and the father-and son duo of Ivan and Jason Reitman
- Former Olympian Vicky Sunohara
- Habitat for Humanity CEO Neil Hetherington
- Philanthropists Craig and Marc Kielburger
- Renowned ballerina Karen Kain
The livestream webcast of the torch run had been available here. The relay begins again early Friday morning.
The run had been expected to cause traffic delays throughout Toronto from the time the Olympic torch crossed Steeles Avenue at 1:52 p.m. until it arrived at Nathan Phillips Square about six hours later.
The torch travelled through Vaughan before entering Toronto at the Yonge Street and Steeles Avenue intersection. It is then expected to be carried through North York via Yonge Street to Cameron Avenue.
At that point, a vehicle convoy carred the torch eastbound on Highway 401 towards Scarborough, exiting at McCowan Road.
From there it will head south on McCowan and then east on Progress Road all the way to Grangeway Road and Consillium Place.
The torch journey will then turn into a run one more time from Town Centre Court to the Scarborough City Centre. A large community celebration at the Scarborough Civic Centre took place to welcome the torch.
The torch then made its way towards downtown Toronto. The torch run continued:
- West along Borough Drive, south on Brian Harrison Way to Ellesmere Road
- West along Ellesmere Road where the torch was put into a vehicle convoy at Brimley Road onto Crocus Drive
- Run resumed heading west on Ellesmere Road, from Parkwoods Village at York Mills Road
- South on Yonge Street towards College Street
The torch was boarded a TTC streetcar at College Street and head west to Elizabeth Street. The run will once again resume at that point, carrying the torch west on Elm Street, north on University Avenue to Gerrard Street West.
For the final leg of the tour, the torch was to continue south on Yonge Street, then west along Queen Street West.
It was to arrive at Nathan Phillips Square at around 7 p.m. for a community celebration, but delays caused by protesters put the event almost an hour behind schedule as the torch's route had to be diverted.
However, the children waiting in the lobby of the Hospital for Sick Children weren't disappointed. The torch still made its appearance there, delighting patients, family and staff. One of the torchbearers there was Murray Dowey, an Olympic hockey medallist for Canada in 1948.
Vicky Sunohara, another Olympic hockey hero, took the flame home to Nathan Phillips Square, lighting the cauldron. A party then followed with an amazing fireworks display.