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Extra, Extra: Rob Ford Conquers All, BlackBerry Brushed Off Bieber, and It Seems Like That Monkey Is Happy Now

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

Photo by syncros from the Torontoist Flickr Pool

Photo by syncros from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

  • We have made our mark, Toronto! The Rob Ford scandal is officially the most-covered story Canada has produced since the turn of the century—at least in the United States. Take that, maple syrup thieves!
  • If you all you wanted for Christmas was some kind of decision about Porter’s expansion plans, you’re in for a disappointment: council’s executive committee has decided not to take up the issue quite yet. It voted today to defer debate on the matter until February 4, although it’s possible a special meeting to address the plans will be convened earlier.
  • BlackBerry once rejected an endorsement offer from Canada’s non-Ford media sweetheart—Justin Bieber. Or so Bloomberg Businessweek says in its oral history of the company. It is doubtless this crushing rejection that has caused Bieber to do things like abandon his monkey in Germany and wear the pants he wears.
  • Because it’s always nice to follow up abandoned-monkey news with happier monkey news, we give you Ikea Monkey, one year later. Apparently, Darwin is doing very well at Story Brook Farm, and is content to no longer be wearing a fancy jacket. His owner has not yet given up on getting him back, though, so it’s all too possible this will not be the last you hear of this little guy.

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  • wklis

    Caligula move over. There’s a new emperor in town.

    • bobloblawbloblawblah

      …and he’s not wearing any clothes.

      • OgtheDim

        Well, not a shearling anyways.