It's Friday! Happy belated birthday, Drake. Your card is in the mail. In the news: Toronto Community Housing Corp. won't be getting its pricey office reno (yet), the great GTA casino debate might be reopened, province-wide animal welfare reforms will impact Toronto zoos and aquariums, the CNE saw a dip in attendance this year, and Rob Ford marks three years as mayor of this fine city.
Toronto Community Housing Corporation’s president and CEO Gene Jones seems to be fighting an uphill battle to get nearly $2-million dollars to help renovate the organization’s Rosedale offices. On Thursday, the TCHC’s board voted to postpone any decision on renovating the headquarters. Board members expressed concern over investing money into the property when it had been previously decided that it would be sold in favour of finding a location closer to residents. Proposed renovations include adding more rooms, fresh paint, replacing fixtures, and purchasing new furniture.
A variation on the casino debate of yore could return to city council eventually, if Councillor Doug Ford (Ward 2 Etobicoke North) has anything to say about it. You may remember that when council rejected the plans for a casino downtown, it also shut the door on locating one at Woodbine Racetrack. Well, Councillor Ford seems to think that there is enough support for a Woodbine casino, and he wants to bring the debate back for a second round. Good luck with that, sir.
The Toronto Star reports that province is set to implement large-scale reforms to try and better protect animal welfare in Ontario, which include giving more authority and funding to the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Planned reforms would have implications for all Toronto-area zoos and aquariums, which would be subjected to inspections twice per year to make sure province-wide standards of care are being maintained. The announcement is set to be made this morning at the High Park Zoo by Community Safety Minister Madeleine Meilleur.
The Canadian National Exhibition saw a dip in attendance in 2013, according to officials. General manager David Bednar says that 1.36 people visited the CNE in 2013, compared to 1.39 million in 2012. Bednar cited bad weather and other unforeseen challenges, including an outbreak of food poisoning from contaminated cronut burgers, as reasons for the slight decline. Evidently, nobody thinks food poisoning is a good time. Fair enough.
And finally, get on your party hats, because it’s time to celebrate. Today is the third anniversary of Mayor Rob Ford’s election victory, although he’ll officially mark three years in office on December 7th, the date of his inauguration. Congratulations, Mayor Ford. Now, if we could only go back in time and warn ourselves, right?