Your Friday afternoon commute will not be as hellish as previously planned: Toronto taxi driverscalled off their planned protest against Uber, a move that would have slowed traffic throughout the downtown core. The United Taxi Workers Association’s Peter Sekhon said in a news conference that the protest was cancelled following talks with “sympathetic Toronto city councillors,” and that the taxi group recognizes a demonstration could be “a big inconvenience for the public.” Not that it matters much: a taxi industry spokesperson at the same press conference suggested the protest could still happen on a later date.
Torontonians are devastated—devastated!—to find out that a cherished local landmark is closing. That’s right, the news is just beginning to settle that the Starbucks at Queen and Dovercourt will close on February 19th, and make way for the Natrel Milk Bar. Every caterpillar must become a butterfly, Toronto.
Just before its 2005 opening, the Queen and Dovercourt Starbucks was famously graffitied with the phrase “Drake you ho this is all your fault.” Which stealth activist railed against corporate interests? Who dared to speak truth to caffeinated power? Who was this city’s Dark No Foam Knight?
After a decade of investigation by a team of 33 barista-journalists, a week of extraordinary rendition, and many many skinny vanilla cappuccinos, we believe we have unearthed a memo that reveals the true culprit.
Deputy Police Chief Peter Sloly, who was a candidate for the top job in 2015, is retiring from the Toronto Police Service, reports say.
Sloly, 49, was a rising star in policing during Bill Blair’s tenure as police chief. He developed a reputation for progressive solutions, and more so than other high ranking police officials, earned community trust when it came to controversial items such as carding.
But when fellow Deputy Chief Mark Saunders was selected as the Chief of Police to replace Blair in April 2015, Sloly’s career opportunities at TPS became limited.