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Taxi driver protests in December 2015  Photo by Ian from the Torontoist Flickr Pool

Taxi driver protests in December 2015. Photo by Ian from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

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cityscape

Queen and Dovercourt Starbucks Closes, “Drake You Ho” Culprit Still at Large

Have we solved the mystery of the "Drake You Ho" graffiti?

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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.

Keep reading: Queen and Dovercourt Starbucks Closes, “Drake You Ho” Culprit Still at Large

politics

Deputy Police Chief Peter Sloly Retires

The 49-year-old had been a candidate for chief, two years left on his contract, and sought police reform.

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.

Keep reading: Deputy Police Chief Peter Sloly Retires