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The light is extinguished by an official with Indian film actor Akshay Kumar as protesters close off Yonge Sreet. (Getty Images)

(ATR) The Vancouver 2010 flame departs Toronto making its way through Ontario after being diverted from its original route due to protests.

On Thursday the torch relay reached Toronto, Canada’s biggest city.

Bollywood star Akshay Kumar did not finish the length of his run due to protesters blocking one end of Yonge Street, causing a one-hour-delay. Police diverted the route and removed the shouting protesters. The protesters are against the the Olympics being held on lands taken away from aboriginal tribes..

Today, the torch relay departs Toronto and travels to the towns of Aurora and then through Newmarket where a welcome celebration is planned at the Magna Centre and will include the Georgina Island Drummers among other performances.

The torch progresses on to Sharon, Keswick, Bradford, Nobleton and Bolton where shooting Olympian Avianna Chao will run with the Olympic Flame.

Native protesters close the relay route, causing police to divert torch relay. (Getty Images)

The flame continues travel to Nashville, Kleinburg and Vaughan.

The Olympic Torch reaches its final destination in the city of Brampton where figure skating Olympian Kurt Browning and athletics

A welcome celebration will take place at City Hall Square and will include a welcome message from Aboriginal elder Anthony Templer, local school singers, Aboriginal women’s drum group and dancers from Punjabi Virsa Arts and Culture Academy.

The flame is also scheduled to be transported on an ice hockey sledge and skate a loop by the final Brampton torchbearer. The flame will then be passed to local disabled athlete, twenty-one-year old Ryan Bennett, who will light the cauldron.

Over the weekend, the torch makes its way through 22 towns, will be carried by fourteen Olympians, take a ride in a kayak, transported by horse-drawn carriage and reaches Niagara Falls.



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Written by Tristan Luciotti

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(Copyright 1992 2008, all rights reserved. The information in this report may not be published, excerpted, or otherwise distributed in print or broadcast without the express prior consent of Around the Rings.)

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Torchbearers on the drop off shuttle waiting for their moment to carry the flame in Newcastle, Ontario. (Vancouver 2010)

(ATR) The Vancouver 2010 flame reaches the most populous city in Canada on Day 49 of the torch relay where international superstar carries the torch.

Yesterday highlights include the torch traveling southwest through 11 towns and being carried by one Olympian on its journey to Toronto.

Today, the torch relay departs Oshawa and journeys to the towns of Whitby, Ajax and Pickering where figure skating Olympian Brian Orser will be a torchbearer.

The flame continues travel to Whitchurch-Stouffville and then progresses on to Markham where ice hockey Olympian Gillian Apps and athletics Olympians Nicole Forrester and Bill Crothers are scheduled as torchbearers. A welcome celebration is planned at Markham City Hall and will include live entertainment and performances.

The torch proceeds to the towns of Richmond Hill and Thornhill, an upscale community located on the northern border of Toronto.

The Olympic Torch reaches its final destination point of the day in Ontario’s provincial capital, Toronto, where Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar will run with the Olympic Flame up Yonge Street. Kumar is a leading star in the Indian film industry.

Eight Olympians are scheduled to carry the torch through Toronto including athletics Olympians James Worrall, Paul Craig and Robert Finlay, swimming Olympian Owen Von Richter, sailing Olympian Paul Henderson, ice hockey Olympian Vicky Sunohara, rowing Olympian Marnie McBean and softball Olympian Erin McLean.

The flame is also scheduled to be transported by ice hockey 1948 gold medalist Murray Dowey as he rides on a Toronto streetcar.

A welcome celebration is planned at Nathan Phillips Square including international music, dancing and fireworks finale. CTV Toronto plans to cover the relay, runners, events and festivities in a two-hour live broadcast, THE TORCH IN TORONTO, beginning at 5 p.m. ET.

Tomorrow, the torch makes its way through 12 towns, will be carried by three Olympians and reaches the tip of Lake Simcoe, the fourth largest lake in Ontario.


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Written by Tristan Luciotti

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