It's Thursday, so shut it. In the news: The mayor is in Austin, Texas to talk music, Metrolinx wants out of the east end subway route planning, the Asian long-horned beetle has reemerged in Mississauga, and police are looking for one man who they believed held up two subway stations this past summer.
The mayor has arrived in Texas and is poised to meet with representatives from Austin’s music scene in order to “create jobs and stimulate our economy and do what I was elected to do,” and such. The Austin media has, because they’re not living under a rock, gotten wind of Rob Ford’s recent (and is it fair at this point to say countless? Can we just say that?) escapades, and has been referring to him as “the controversial Canadian mayor.” But it’s all about the music, guys.
Metrolinx released a letter to the City saying it will defer to city council and the TTC regarding mapping out the exact route for the east end subway extension. The latter is set to be determined after a full environmental assessment of the options, and the issue will be revisited by council next week. Will it ever endddd? No.
The Asian long-horned beetle is back, baby. In Mississauga, at least. The invasive species, which, according to the Toronto Star, has been “expunged from Toronto and Vaughan,” and according to the federal Agriculture department, was eradicated from Canada after about 30,000 trees had to be removed from affected GTA areas, has reemerged in Mississauga. The pest poses a serious risk to trees, and a 2011 report from the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority says that 56 per cent of Mississauga’s tree population is susceptible to the beetle and could potentially trigger a loss in trees adding up to someething like $702 million. 20 trees have apparently already been removed from Mississauga since someone spotted one of the beetles on their car in late September.
Toronto police are looking for one suspect who they believe to have perpetrated two separate ticket booth holdups, at gunpoint, at two different TTC stations in August. At the time of the robberies, the man demanded both cash and Metropasses. Planning to ride the rocket a lot, he was.