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Newsstand: January 8, 2013

In which we get a bit misty eyed about a squid. In the news: Three U of T students are heading to Oxford; Toronto's housing market looks flat for 2013; a renowned chef is missing; looking into an east-west bike lane; and a giant squid is finally filmed, and is predictably terrifying.

Three University of Toronto smartypants have earned a pretty impressive honour: they’ve been named Rhodes Scholars for 2013. This fall, Joanne Cave, Connor Edmin, and Ayodele Odutayo get to study at Oxford University, following in the footsteps of past Rhodes Scholars like Bob Rae and Naomi Wolf. Only eleven Canadians get the opportunity each year, so U of T has acquitted itself pretty well here. Congrats, guys!

This is good news if you’re looking to buy a house soon, but not-so-good news if you’re planning to sell one: a new report found that Toronto’s housing prices are expected to flatline in 2013. The report from Royal LePage found that prices this year should go up just one percent, and the supply of homes available for sale should be better this year than last.

Jonathan Gushue, executive chef at Langdon Hall in Cambridge, hasn’t been seen since he checked out of Toronto’s Park Hyatt hotel on New Year’s Eve; he failed to show up for dinner service at Langdon that night. His cell phone was found at the hotel and his car was located in the city, but Gushue himself was reported missing by his family and hasn’t been seen or heard from. Apparently, the renowned chef has gone missing before, and there is no evidence of foul play, but the length of this most recent disappearance has led police to go public with their search in the hopes of finding new leads. Fingers crossed he’s found safe soon.

An environmental assessment of a bike lane linking Sherbourne and Bathurst near Richmond and Adelaide streets should be completed in 2013 and construction could begin next year, Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong (Ward 34, Don Valley East) told the Toronto Star. Minnan-Wong, the chair of the public works and infrastructure committee, said that a separated-lane model similar to that used on Sherbourne Street would likely be favoured for a Richmond-Adelaide cycling corridor due to the high volume of traffic on those streets. Funding for the study is expected to be approved by council on Wednesday.

The Kraken have been released! And filmed. Japanese scientists caught a giant squid live on film for the first time, and they got a bit sentimental about it. “A giant squid essentially lives a solitary existence, swimming about all alone in the deep sea. It doesn’t live in a group,” said Tsunemi Kubodera, the scientist leading the research team. “So when I saw it, well, it looked to me like it was rather lonely.” Aw!

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  • DavidC

    Bike lane EA. Actually, the $$ for the EA were approved ages ago, what is happening tomorrow (Wednesday) is that the Bid Committee will be awarding the contract to carry it out. If the EA is finished by late 2013 I doubt strongly that the project will happen in 2014 – the engineering work involved in getting it organised will take many months and then THAT contract needs to be prepared and awarded. As the City has a freeze on any non-essential work during the Pan-Am Games I thus suspect the earliest we will see any new bike lanes installed will be 2016.