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Extra, Extra: Food Truck Hopes, Thousands of Cats, and Live-Tweeting Heart Surgery

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  • We’ve had our hopes raised and then dashed so many times before. But maybe this time they will not be in vain: maybe this time, the City will act sensibly and decisively, and food trucks of all kinds will soon be free to roam the streets of Toronto, dispensing wonderfully diverse edible delights.
  • In 2011, 28,954 cats were registered with Toronto Animal Services. That is certainly a lot of cats, and if they began to commiserate with one another and then organize, the city could end up welcoming the most adorable overlords ever. But what kinds of cats can be found on the streets and in the houses of Toronto? The CBC reports that 43 different breeds were registered, and this infographic of furry cuteness breaks down the top ten.
  • What will you be doing at 8 a.m. tomorrow morning? Did you know that one of the things you could be doing at that time is following along as Sunnybrook Hospital live-tweets a coronary artery bypass graft? Obviously, we’re all hoping that the doctors and the tweeters are completely different sets of people with no overlapping responsibilities, and that everything goes extremely well.

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  • vampchick21

    I for one welcome our new adorable overlords.

    • DaveWilliamscheemissManana

      Well, maybe not the siamese overlords.

    • VictorianShuter

      The first order of business would be a city-wide ban on vacuum cleaners, of course.

  • nevilleross

    All apologies to those concerned, but I’d rather the city be safe than sorry when it comes to the serving of food.

    • OgtheDim

      The Mystery meat purveyors thank you for your support. :-)

      I agree with the safety concerns but if the rest of the world can figure this out, I’m not sure why we can’t.

      • dsmithhfx

        Bacon jam!

        • estta

          It’s a risk I’m willing to take.

        • tyrannosaurus_rek

          Produced by a brick-and-mortar restaurant.

      • nevilleross

        I don’t give a shit about the rest of the world, I care about what happens here as it pertains to being here. If that means that Toronto’s somewhat stodgy on the licensing of food trucks, then I have no problem with that. The food truck supporters have to work harder at making convincing arguments for the expansion of food trucks.

        • andrew97

          Are you saying there is some special reason why food in Toronto is unsafe? Or some special reason why the Toronto health department sucks at ensuring street food is safe? Or that Toronto is a progressive leader in banning the world of the scourge of food trucks?

          • nevilleross

            All I’m saying is that Toronto should be able to follow its own counsel on what to do about this rather than just go willy-nilly into doing this ‘just because’ some other cities are doing it. Again, supporters have to make convincing arguments. Or supporters can always run for public office so that they can change the laws.

          • vampchick21

            It’s not ‘just because some other cities are doing it”, it’s because other cities are doing it and we can look at how they’ve done it and what fits for us and what would need to be set aside, modified, etc to work for us.

            Other cities doing it proves it can be done and done well. Why ignore their experience when we can look at it, learn and adjust as needed?

            And what argument would convince you? What are supporters not saying that you need to see being said?

          • torontothegreat

            They have spent years making convincing arguments.

            Time to crawl out from under that rock you’ve been living.

          • Welshgrrl

            I think that more than enough convincing arguments in favour of more leniency regarding food trucks in this city have been provided, for you and for others

          • HotDang

            Seeing successes elsewhere is a compelling argument. Insisting on insular thinking is a mistake when you can learn from the experiences of others.

        • tyrannosaurus_rek

          Again, food trucks are inspected just like restaurants. If you think there’s something wrong with the inspection, why aren’t you calling for restaurants to close until you’re satisfied?

          And the food truck industry has been fighting hard for years, making progress everywhere but Toronto until now.

        • OgtheDim

          You know, for a person who keeps trumpeting about David Miller in here, to say “I don’t give a shit about the rest of the world” is mildly amusing.

          A lack of systemic thought is what we accuse Ford of, BTW.

          I know…you don’t give a shit.

          • nevilleross

            What I mean is, I don’t give a shit what the world thinks about on this particular issue.

          • OgtheDim

            Which is even more damning as what I stated earlier is we could learn from the rest of the world on this issue – which is pretty much what Miller kept suggesting we could do and what Ford only mentions when he goes to Austin for BBQ.

            There are some things that require locally developed solutions. Like transit, for example.

            This isn’t one of them.

    • tyrannosaurus_rek

      Food trucks are inspected the same as restaurants.

    • Welshgrrl

      I’ve eaten from food trucks/carts in several countries and have never once gotten food poisoning, Brick and mortar restaurants on the other hand …

    • vampchick21

      i do have to wonder though, if you read the article? The issue isn’t food safety, that was well covered a long, long time ago. It’s where and when the trucks can park and do business. These are the rules and regulations that have caused the issues and are what are being proposed to relax.