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Extra, Extra: Chinatown BIA Opposes Youth Centre, GO App Shut Down, and an Adorable Polar Bear Cub Video

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  • The Chinatown BIA opposes a youth centre that could move to the neighbourhood in late 2017. The Yonge Street Mission has operated since 1896, and serves 12,000 people annually. Services include drop-in meals and counselling, employment training, healthcare, and legal counsel. It does not operate as a shelter. But some Chinatown businesses remain strongly opposed to the proposed move. Signs declaring “No YSM Here” are posted throughout the neighbourhood, and today a group staged a rally and delivered a petition at city hall to oppose YSM’s purchase of 365/367 Spadina. The sale of the building—which includes the necessary zoning for the youth centre—closes tomorrow. BIA Chair Tony Yu expressed concern that youth who might use YSM services don’t fit the business and tourist nature of the community, and said, “We don’t want them just hanging around on the street.”
  • GO Transit’s app has been discontinued. Developed in 2011, the downloadable app required “significant” upgrades to overcome technical issues. Riders will have to make due with the mobile site instead.
  • In animal news, the Toronto Zoo released a video of its two-month-old polar bear cub sucking on a bottle. The 2.8 kilogram killing machine feeds six times a day, and isn’t yet available for public viewing. So what makes this newsworthy? Mostly that polar bear cubs are friggin’ cute. Just look at that thing.

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