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Population Boom Crowds Suburbs, YouTube Slapped With $1-Billion Lawsuit, Conrad Black Trial Begins

Statistics Canada reports a national population increase of 5.4% since 2001, yet downtown Toronto only experienced an increase of 0.9%. The boom is being attributed to immigration, which experts predict will be our only means of population growth by 2030. It seems everyone is happy to settle in the suburbs as towns like Brampton (33.3%) and Vaughan (31.2%) are growing as fast as houses can be built. Milton has grown an astounding 71.4%. I nearly spat out my coffee when The Star described Mississauga as “a little slice of heaven.” (Read more…)
We all knew it would happen eventually: Viacom is suing YouTube for $1-billion. Noooooooooooooo
The vaccine used to inoculate Canadians against tuberculosis for the last 90 years is practically obsolete, says a study by McGill University.
Land of the ZomCom: Canadians love their zombies, apparently, and the makers of Fido want to exploit that love.
Beijing fights for improved etiquette as the 2008 Olympics approach: “The 11th day of every month has become ‘Voluntarily wait-in-line day,’ when subway and bus passengers are urged to queue properly at their stops.”
Conrad Black’s trial began this morning. Wait, you mean it hadn’t even started and I’m already sick of hearing about it?
Photo courtesy of carnotzet in the Torontoist Flickr Pool.


  • Steve

    “Any escape might help to smooth the unattractive truth, but the suburbs have no charms to soothe the restless dreams of youth.”

  • thickslab

    Statistics Canada reports a national population increase of 5.4% since 2001, yet downtown Toronto only experienced an increase of 0.9%.
    Since when is everything south of Steeles “downtown”?

  • Pandora

    “Little boxes, little boxes, and they’re all made out of ticky-tacky…”

  • Paige

    ^^ha ha I was going to type the same thing. And after careful reading of the Star article, I have come to the conclusion that it’s a very well disguised mockery of suburban life, and its cars-and-big box existence.
    Points in case:
    - “Anything I want to buy is within a two-minute drive.”
    - The nearby Heartland Centre, a sprawling big-box plaza at the intersection of Mavis Rd. and Britannia Rd. W., is “awesome,”
    - Name the chain you want, big or medium, and it’s probably in the neighbourhood.
    - “My parents love the fact that there’s Highway 403 and Highway 410 and Highway 401 so close by,”
    …or at least that’s the only way I can handle reading the article.

  • krystyn

    My parents live quite close to here and it’s actually a very nice area. I don’t know why everyone has to scoff automatically at suburbs; it’s the chic thing to do I guess. Open your elitist eyes downtowners, different areas make different people happy.

  • rek

    Are the people moving to Canada not reproducing either? Is there something about the Canadian lifestyle that makes us not want children? I understand that immigration is a major part of our population growth, but aren’t recent immigrants having babies either?

  • Pandora

    Oh, I wasn’t trying to scoff at the suburbs Krystyn (though I do enjoy Paige’s reading of the Star article). This image just instantly brings the Melvina Reynolds song to my mind. However, there are clear reasons to be critical of urban sprawl, apart from chicness and elitism.

  • Steve

    I was trying to scoff at the suburbs.

  • Mark Dowling

    love the weeds ref Pandora!