Every weekday’s end, Extra, Extra collects just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss.
- Over at the Grid, Edward Keenan argues that Mayor Rob Ford’s encounter with Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale last night was basically a mugging, and that the mayor loves sideshows like these because he can play them for sympathy, which distracts us all from how weak his policy actually is. The Toronto Star, meanwhile, takes the opportunity to crack a fat joke. (Scoll to the bottom.)
- Also, in what can only have been a surreal episode for someone used to being on the other side of these things, Daniel Dale held a press conference earlier this afternoon. Here is the video.
- The Toronto Cyclists Union is officially changing its name to Cycle Toronto, after members voted in favour of the switch at yesterday’s annual general meeting. The hope is that dropping the word “union” will prevent potential new members who dislike trade unions from getting the willies.
- Toronto is a terrible place for food trucks, because the City bureaucracy isn’t set up to deal with them. Councillors Adam Vaughan (Ward 20, Trinity-Spadina) and Kristyn Wong-Tam (Ward 27, Toronto Centre-Rosedale) are now officially out to change that. Their member motion goes before city council at its meeting next week. This is a very preliminary step, but a step nonetheless.
- Rogers Media is shutting down a bunch of its web properties, including CanadianParents.com and SweetSpot.ca. The internet will be a lonelier place without them.
- And in other internet-disappointment news, a new Annex sushi restaurant called Noka may have plagiarized parts of its website from the website of a pair of other sushi restaurants in Austin, Texas.