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Extra, Extra: Ice Storm Fall-Out, Ice Storm Helpfulness, and a Gift-Wrapped Parisian Metro Car

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

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  • It’s cold, it’s icy, and thousands are still without power—across the city, the effects of Ice Storm 2013 are still being felt in a variety of challenging and distressing ways. So the Toronto Public Library—which is confronting troubles of its own in the form of branches without power—is giving Torontonians a small but thoughtful break: no fines will be charged on December 23 or 24 for overdue books, and holds scheduled for pick-up by December 23 or 24 will be available until December 30.
  • TD Canada is also trying to make things a little easier for people who currently have no power and are in possession of certain critical devices that will likely be in need of some charging by this point: it’s inviting people to charge their devices at any open TD branch.
  • The Star has put together a list of answers to pressing ice-storm-related questions (e.g. “How does Toronto Hydro prioritize which areas to service first?”), and it makes for an interesting and extremely useful read.
  • Meanwhile in Paris, France…transit riders were recently treated to a gift-wrapped metro car. A group of French artists covered the car in pink paper because they wanted to enjoy themselves and “give other people pleasure.” Perhaps when power has been restored across the city, and we have become accustomed to no longer living in a very emergency-like state of non-emergency, we can gussy up one of our own subway cars and give ourselves a cheerfully wrapped transit present. Electricity and fully restored subway service, though—those still come first.

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