Toronto look ahead: King streetcar changes, Pan Am tickets and more

What you need to know for Dec. 8, 2014, in Toronto.

It's shaping up to be a busy week in the city

(Tony Smyth/CBC)

Good morning and happy Monday. It's shaping up to be an interesting week in the city.

You can expect a mostly cloudy day, with a high of around 3 C. Light precipitation could turn to minor snow flurries later tonight and into tomorrow morning. 

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Here's some information to get your day started:

'Important' change coming to King streetcar

This morning Mayor John Tory will be joined by TTC Chair Josh Colle and TTC CEO Andy Byford for an "important" announcement regarding the 504 King streetcar.

The 504 King is the city's busiest route, with about 60,000 riders each work day, and also one of the most infamously overcrowded. A city staff report released in August found that inefficient passenger boarding was responsible for delays of between four and 15 minutes each day for riders.

A report in The Globe and Mail suggests that Tory and the TTC will introduced all-door boarding on the route, which is similarly permitted on the busy Queen and Spadina routes. 

Read more here. 

Pan Am tickets go on sale

Tickets for the 2015 Pan Am Games go on sale today at 1 p.m. ET. Prices start at $20, and most of the tickets are available for under $45. 

About 160,000 tickets were purchased during the pre-sale phase, but organizers say tickets for many of the most popular sports are still availalble. 

You can buy tickets online here or call 1-855-726-2015.

The Pan Am Games run from July 10-26, and the Parapan Games from Aug. 7-15 across the GTA, as well as some locations in Hamilton, Ont. 

Poochie comes home

Two weeks ago, Poochie the poodle was stolen as his owners paid for takeout food in Parkdale. 

The story stirred a public outcry, and even resulted in a Crime Stoppers re-enactment video of the crime released online. 

As it turns out, Poochie has been staying with a couple on the other side of the city for the last several weeks. The couple apparently found Poochie the night he was taken, but were unable to connect with the pup's rightful owner until this weekend.

If you need a holiday pick-me-up to get your week started, Poochie's return home is a good place to start