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Extra, Extra: Protesting Llama, Loud-Mouth Birds

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

  • The internet, as we all know, exists in no small part to facilitate the distribution of cute animals things. Hoping to use this to their advantage is an unknown supporter of the High Park Zoo—slated for closure due to City budget cuts this summer—who has enlisted the services of one of the zoos residents. City Llama tweets and blogs about zoo life, in the hopes of convincing you to help him save his home.
  • If you have a fondness for fancy hotels or type-based art, here’s a shopping tip: a vintage store in the Junction snagged the original lettering from the Four Seasons Hotel sign, and has them for sale right now.
  • If your interest in old Toronto dates back further, an enterprising cartography fan named Nathan Ng has put some antique maps of the city—ones from the 1884, 1890, 1893, and 1899 editions of Goad’s Atlas of Toronto—online, for all your reference and procrastinating needs.
  • Turns out it isn’t just humans who shout to be heard over the rumbling streetcars and raging sirens of city streets—birds do it too.
  • The Walrus introduced the world to its new online store this morning—and it’s launching with a special limited-edition run of a new Margaret Atwood short story. (As far as we know the story does contain dystopian elements, but no mention of Rob or Doug Ford.)

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