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Newsstand: December 28, 2011

Well, that was fun. Now comes the time for sitting at work, staring blankly at your monitor and counting down the seconds until New Year's Eve. In the news today: police are fed up with people tweeting RIDE check locations, Toronto's Awesome Foundation might be expanding, and the Daily Bread Food Bank approaches its holiday goals.


It might look like a winter wonderland through the window, but be careful if you’re going out today, as yesterday’s rain followed by a drop in temperature means there are invisible patches of ice everywhere. Everywhere except your bed, that is.

The Internet has made a lot of things easier, from looking at pornography to whatever people do when they’re not looking at pornography. It probably wasn’t intended, though, to facilitate drivers helping one another avoid police drunk driving checkpoints via Twitter. Yet such has been the case during the holiday season, and some Toronto police officers have had it with this circumvention of the law. On the one hand, police argue the practice endangers lives by allowing drunk drivers to avoid road checks. On the other, motorists argue that yeah, well, whatever.

The Toronto Star checked in with Toronto’s almost year-old chapter of the Awesome Foundation to see what the organization, which gives money to people with cool ideas, is up to. And, as much as we hate the prevalence of the word, it turns out some of the projects being cooked up are pretty, well, awesome. Not only that, interest has been so high that a second chapter might be on its way in 2012, meaning a live stage adaptation of Interview With the Vampire with an all-monkey cast can only be so far off.

Speaking of checking in, the Star also caught up with Toronto’s Kate Middleton look-alike. In case you’re wondering, she still looks like Kate Middleton. So there.

Once in a while, the Toronto Sun puts out a nice little piece about how the Daily Bread Food Bank is coming closer to reaching its holiday goals for money and food thanks to the help of volunteers. And then Sun readers ruin that warm holiday feeling by posting comments that almost exclusively attack the food bank and the notion of charity in general. And the rest of Toronto sighs.

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  • Anonymous

    I promised myself I would never read the comments on any shitty Sun article, no matter how stupid or how high the “Oh this should be good…” factor might be. My heart can only bear so much.

    • David Toronto

      The Sun comments speaks volumes about their readership.

      Rather a sorry situation, isn’t it?

  • Anonymous

    Except that girl looks NOTHING like Kate Middleton, even after the makeover :P

  • Anonymous

    Once in a while you encounter a conservative who thinks most, or all, government funding for various things (that don’t carry guns) should be cut because it’s the realm of charities. Then you read comments in a conservative newspaper and it shows you what they really think of charities and the people who rely on them.

  • Anonymous

    Rather sad coincidence: clicked the link to the Sun article, and the page was dominated by ads for a pizza chain.