Guys! It's the weekend! In the news: Ford says he's fixing the city's economy, a Toronto animal lover gives the city's police animals a generous gift, and road closures could vex you this weekend.
Toronto has seen a drop in unemployment—according to a city news release, Statistics Canada data shows that Toronto’s unemployment rate dropped nearly three per cent between August 2012 and August 2013, going from 10 percent to 7.1 percent—and Rob Ford wants the credit. “I was elected on a promise to create jobs, and that’s exactly what I’ve done,” the mayor said to journalists at City Hall yesterday. StatsCan, however, said that it provides seasonally adjusted numbers only for unemployment in the Toronto region, and that the City of Toronto adjusts the numbers in house. “I frankly think that the case [the mayor] is making is a bit of a stretch, said councillor John Parker (Ward 25, Don Valley West). “As the Canadian economy grows, Toronto’s economy grows with it.”
A late Toronto woman left $45,000 to the animal units of Toronto Police Services, for the care of its horses and dogs. Theresa D’Agostine was a private person and an animal lover, according to her lawyer. The money will be split equally between the police dog and mounted horse units.
Places to go this weekend? There are a few roads you’ll want to avoid. Roncesvalles Ave. will be closed between Grafton Ave. and Boustead Ave. from 6 a.m. Saturday until 11 p.m. Sunday for the Polish Festival. Bloor West Village hosts the Ukranian Festival this weekend, meaning that Bloor will be closed from Jane St. to Glendonwynne Rd. from 9:30 a.m. today to midnight on Sunday. The Toronto 5K race will close roads in the area bound by St. Claire Ave., Christie St., Davenport Rd., Russell Hill Rd., and Macpherson Ave. on Sunday. And York and Adelaide streets will be shut down to cars from Saturday morning until September 21 due to construction on streetcar tracks, sidewalks, and the road.