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Extra, Extra: Victorian Hats, National Parks, Food Trucks, and TTC Advisors

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

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  • There is much doom and gloom being predicted for this week’s budgets—Ontario’s comes out tomorrow and the federal announcement is Thursday—but there is one potential silver lining coming for the GTA. If things go as expected, Stephen Harper may do one nice thing for Toronto in his tenure as prime minster: finally give us funding for the creation of a Rouge National Park.
  • You may come across a man wearing a beaver-pelt top hat near the waterfront over the next few days. Here’s why.
  • Food trucks! Torontonians are clamouring for more, but as we learned a few weeks ago, even the ones we have are facing a crackdown. Now, an easy way to bombard your local councillor with your petition to liberate food from the confines of fixed addresses: the Toronto Street Food Project, a social media campaign aimed at cutting the tangle of red tape that lies between us and tasty, mobile food.
  • The TTC, as part of the quest to live up to its “better way” slogans, has just appointed its first-ever Customer Liason Panel. Eleven transit riders will serve on the panel for two years; its mandate is to “provide a mechanism for ongoing customer participation in transit.”
  • As library workers continue their strike in Toronto, an interesting read from the Walrus on the changing relationship between libraries and printed books.
  • And finally: why people in cities often appear to act more selfish than rural dwellers.

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