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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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  • OgtheDim

    Why doesn’t somebody ask Doug Ford about the coyotes or the Union Station?

    Or don’t the media ask him about policy things anymore?

    • vampchick21

      I seriously, seriously, never want to hear one single word regarding any kind of policy come out of Doug Ford’s mouth. Actually, I don’t ever want to hear one single word come out of Doug Ford ever again.
      Never mind that Doug doesn’t understand policy.

      • nevilleross

        I would like to go back in time and make sure that both Ford brothers are removed from office.

  • HotDang

    John A. McDonald was a bit of a fucker, so we should probably give the rename a pass.

    • wklis

      John A. MacDonald was MP for Kingston, not Toronto. Name the Kingston train station after MacDonald.

      Unless you have seen the Kingston train station, that is.

    • andrew97

      I like the idea. Sir John A was a lot of things, but he gave us a national railway, without which Canada might not be Canada as we know it.

      • tyrannosaurus_rek

        I don’t like the idea, but whoever down-voted you doesn’t know
        Canadian history (or only wants to remember the bad things he did).

        • andrew97

          Another good choice would be Sandford Fleming station.

          • tyrannosaurus_rek

            Quite apt really.

        • torontothegreat

          I know, it always puzzles me that people only remember the bad about horrible leaders and people.

          Italy should really rename Roma Termini to Benito Mussolini Termini. I mean you don’t know Italian history if you can’t recognize the good he did, without which Italy might not be (or in fact WOULD not be) today.

          • rich1299

            The vast majority of Canadians only know about his corruptions and drinking problem but have no idea just how much blood is on his hands. Macdonald has such a overly sanitized history. There are some things that can never be balanced out by any amount of good deeds or public works and genocide is one of them. By any objective criteria there’s no denying that Canada has a genocidal past. Both in the usual sense of the word as well as cultural genocide. He wasn’t alone in viewing the First Nations people as sub-humans to be wiped out and certainly wasn’t the last PM to view them as such.

            Yes he helped bring the former British colonies into one new nation and was elected the first PM of Canada. He did manage to get a railway built across this vast land but in doing so he killed off as many First Nations peoples as possible to make it less expensive and open up more land for European settlers.

            Union is a far better name than J.A.M. could ever be. Besides the name reflecting the coming together of many rail lines in one station it also reflects the coming together of many different people in one place. Besides which even if he manages to get this pushed through some how the vast majority of people will still be calling it Union station. So what if there are many Union stations across N.A., this one is ours and we should keep it as such.

          • torontothegreat

            My initial post was sarcastic, I can’t quite gauge if you noticed that.

            Thank you for saying this. It’s sad that this information is omitted from history in the classroom, although not surprising. It’s nice to know that some people are in fact familiar with the history of how Aboriginals were treated by these people that are too often praised for “building Canada”

      • dsmithhfx

        VIA rail cuts and exploding tank cars of bakken oil?

  • VictorianShuter

    The real reason is that Denzil hates the word ‘union!’

    • nevilleross

      Denzil is a fool, but he may be right.

  • bobloblawbloblawblah

    I’ve passed that DQ thousands of times. I’ve never though of it as beautiful. Funny, that.

    • Steveinto

      It’s the back ‘terrace’ of the building that makes it special

  • Bradley WabiMukwa

    john a mcdonald, an immigrant drunk from a distant foreign land, who came to these shores of North America and tried to wipe out the native peoples of this Great Land by creating policies of mass starvation which fostered the spread of communicable diseases like smallpox and tuberculosis, and created specific legislation designed to wipe out a race of people and their cultures and languages: Canada’s abominable Indian Act… which is still Canadian law today…. and the oppression continues today a step further with the creation of harper’s omnibus bills that touched off the IdleNoMore demonstrations. mcdonald authorized the creation of many of those cursed residential schools in western canada where countless children endured all manner of abuse and thousands perished.

    • torontothegreat

      Great comment!

  • Astin44

    Why not William Lyon Mackenzie Station (or Mackenzie Station for short) instead? Newspaperman, rebel, Toronto’s first Mayor. Heck, from Wikipedia:

    “Mackenzie was largely ineffectual as a mayor. He got rid of Tory
    officials and replaced them with his supporters, but did not manage to
    deal with the city’s excessive debt or institute much needed public
    works. Rather, Mackenzie’s management style provoked frequent quarrels
    on the City Council, and by summer 1834, it was apparent that the
    Reformers would be able to accomplish nothing in the municipal

    Sounds PERFECT!