Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss.
- “This government believes that Ontarians are well served by the current retail system for beverage alcohol.” So said a spokesperson for Liberal Finance Minister Dwight Duncan, in response to a new campaign called Free Our Beer. Organized by the Ontario Convenience Stores Association, the opening salvo in that campaign is a petition with 112,500 signatories, presented at Queen’s Park today, calling on the government to allow convenience stores to sell wine and beer.
- Quote from today’s Grid interview with Richard Florida that will divide Torontonians in disagreement: “[Ford], I would argue is the worst mayor in the modern history of cities.” Quote from today’s Grid interview with Richard Florida that will unite Torontonians in rolling their eyes: “As an academic, my natural inclination is to move away from the spotlight.”
- Buying a home in Toronto is getting more expensive: 23 per cent more expensive since 2008, according to a recent study from the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation. This is not news—we’ve all seen the stories on this for years. What is less well known is just where those spikes are highest; according to that report, price jumps are concentrated in western Scarborough and Mimico, as well as along Bloor through the length of the city.
- Always fancied yourself a broadcaster, but don’t have the stomach for media industry turmoil and low pay? Good news: Metrolinx is hiring a transit “reporter.”