It's a beautiful day in Toronto! The rain is out, the leaves are down, and the news is online. Grab a coffee and catch up on the happenings before heading out for your weekend.
The Quebec Supreme Court found two rioters/protesters from the 2010 G20 summit in Toronto guilty of multiple offences in connection with the protests. Youri Couture and Guillaume Constantineau were seen breaking the windows of a Starbucks and a Winners at College and Yonge. Witnesses said they were covering their faces and wearing black, thus connecting them with the fearsome “black bloc” anarchists. When your parents bring this up “casually,” remember to mention the several hundred other people who were arrested, only to be released without charge.
Three elephants housed at the Toronto Zoo may be staying longer than anticipated—plans to send them to a sanctuary in California have hit another set of snags. Their move to the Performing Animal Welfare Society in California was initially approved in 2011, but conflicts surrounding the conditions of their travel have kept the now-middle-aged elephants in Toronto since then. One happy piece of this story is that former Price is Right host and noted animal rights advocate Bob Barker plans to pay for the flight costs of transporting the elephants. What a great guy!
City council is debating adding “sharrows,” the arrow-and-bike paintings that mark out space for cyclists beside cars, to stretches of Bay Street. With more than 5,000 kilometres of road and only 112 kilometres of that equipped with bike lanes, Toronto lags behind other cities in accommodating cyclists, but the move has predictably met with significant opposition.
Ontario’s provincial government is in trouble for a $7 million bonus package tied to the upcoming Pan Am Games, which the government is currently defending. Pan Am Games CEO Ian Troop, for instance, will be eligible for a $780,000 bonus if the Games are on budget and “on time,” which is strange because how could they not be on time? Don’t they run at a specific time no matter what? There are, in total, 63 employees who may receive up to 50 per cent of their annual salary as a bonus after the Games. If this is upsetting to you, just remember that the minimum wage in Ontario has not gone up in years and people who are expected to earn tips make less than anyone in Saskatchewan, so the government’s priorities are definitely in check.