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Extra, Extra: Frozen Zoos, Controversial Photos, and Toronto Soccer Respectability

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

Photo by Karl from the Torontoist Flickr Pool

Photo by Karl from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

  • The Toronto Zoo is one of the few zoos in North America to have established something called a “bio bank.” This bio bank contains the sperm and cells of 50 different endangered species, and its goal, writes the Star, “is to maintain the genetic diversity of dwindling species forever—perhaps for use someday by future scientists with improved reproductive techniques.” We cannot imagine this “frozen zoo” serving as the inspiration for either a dystopian science-fiction film or an actual dystopian future. Not one bit.
  • An event held recently to celebrate the birthday of Sir John A. Macdonald managed to stoke some present-day controversy when a costume prize was awarded to a couple (made up of non-First Nations people) “dressed in First Nations garb.” Steve Paikin posted a photo of the pair on Twitter, and now reflects on the “immediate and mostly furious” response it inspired.
  • Toronto FC announced today that it will be adding well-known players Jermain Defoe and Michael Bradley to its roster—in a bid, explains the Canadian Press, “to finally reach respectability and beyond.” We’re guessing that might involve making the playoffs for the first time in the team’s history—so may 2014 be the year of sporting respectability!
  • We love a happy ending, especially when it involves subways and wishes granted: the young man who asked the TTC if he could have the number plate from subway car 5844 to give his grandmother is now in possession of that very thing.

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