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Extra, Extra: Drake to the Rescue, Rat Infestations, and Retirement Fears

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss.

Photo by Flickr user musicisentropy

Photo by Flickr user musicisentropy.

  • How Drake keeps having time to help restore the fortunes of Toronto’s sports teams while creating best-selling and critically acclaimed albums, we don’t know. But he’s done it again: he’s now being credited with talking striker Jermain Defoe into almost certainly joining Toronto FC. Now if we could only talk Drake into restoring the fortunes of the city’s more political organizations.
  • Rats! A whole lot of rats! Toronto Life has an article about Toronto’s growing rat problem that features what we’re convinced must be one of the most terrifying and evocative quotations ever provided by a wildlife removal specialist (in this case, one Kevin Diamond): “I suspect there’s a network of rat tunnels under the entire city and they’re all connected to each other. It’s like the mother ship in Aliens.”
  • It’s always cheering to be reminded at this cold and dreary time of year that if you were born after 1960, you’d better hope that your parents saved some money and that they’re willing to give some of it to you for your retirement.
  • What do ““Are you ready to find love in all the wrong places?” and “The brothers Mario and Luigi, who appear in this and other Nintendo games, are plumbers, not janitors” have in common?” They both appear on Poynter’s “best and worst media errors and corrections in 2013” list. It covers some genuinely concerning journalistic lapses, but also spends some time with mistakes shocking only because they reveal how little some reporters know about Princess Leia’s home planet.

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  • HotDang


    I’ve been seeing more rat roadkill recently. There was one in the bike lane on Harbord just east of Grace for at least a couple days last week. I guess rats aren’t as smart as their squirrel cousins about not running out in front of traffic.