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Extra, Extra: Coyote Sightings, Renaming Union Station, and a Beautiful Dairy Queen

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  • What should you do if you encounter a coyote? You should know the answer to that question, because coyote sightings occur more frequently this time of year, the City of Toronto cautions. The number of sightings goes up because there’s less foliage for the animals to hide behind, they enjoy being out and about when there are fewer humans out and about, and January and February happen to be their mating season—as good a reason as any for braving the cold. And if you do come across a coyote, the City recommends you “wave your arms aggressively, make loud noises and throw objects in its direction to scare it away.”
  • Sure, “Union Station” has a certain ring to it. But doesn’t “Sir John A. Macdonald Station” sound impressive, appropriate, and also considerably longer? Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong (Ward 34, Don Valley East) certainly thinks so, and put forth a motion today in council to change the name of Toronto’s beloved train station. “Union Station is not a significant name,” he said, “because there are so many other Union Stations in North America.”
  • You might not think so when you first look at it, but this is probably the most beautiful Dairy Queen in Toronto. Yes, it’s both extremely flat and a slightly off-putting shade of orange, but does it ever offer up a vista.

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