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Extra, Extra: Winter and a Ghost Bike, Come and Gone

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss.

  • Remember that time, earlier today, when it was like winter for a while? Once the sun emerged later in the afternoon and melted pretty much all the white stuff, it was like it had never happened. Still, we think this pile of seasonal objects, spotted in the Runnymede area, neatly sums up today’s not-so-subtle reminder that winter is approaching and you’d better start your holiday shopping soon—or at least remember to buy a snow shovel.
  • The ghost bike that was installed at Dundas Street West and Sterling Road as a memorial to Jenna Morrison, who died there early this month, is gone. Morrison’s family requested the removal, and a volunteer for Advocacy for Respect for Cyclists carried it out, reports David Topping for The Grid. A friend of Morrison’s commented on Facebook that the family wanted to “return this gesture of solidarity [to ARC] in the hopes that they never need to use it as such again.”
  • As we reported earlier today, Torontonians are amazing Movember participants. And, according to numbers released today about this year’s campaign, it seems that enthusiasm is country-wide. This year, Canada has surpassed Australia, where Movember began, as the country that raised the most cash for Movember. As of this morning, Canadians had raised $32,669,522, up from $22.3 million last year, according to CTV News.
  • New approaches to urban development in Toronto always catch our eye, and a new idea proposed for the King-Spadina area did just that, writes Bert Archer for Yonge Street. Today a number of architecture firms—including David Pontarini, Les Klein, and Core Architects—gave area residents a presentation on their proposal to develop “land-locked properties,” pieces of land with no street-facing addresses. Councillor Adam Vaughan (Ward 20, Trinity-Spadina) compared the developments, which would likely include pedestrian walkways, to Berlin’s hidden courtyards. Sounds nice, actually.

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