Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss.
- City Hall’s Community Development Committee voted 5-0 in favour of opening a new shelter for homeless men in Leslieville, despite concerns from local residents. The proposed Leslie Street site, which was selected by the Salvation Army, would replace a 124-bed shelter that closed at College and McCaul Streets. Weeks ago, Leslieville residents expressed worry that a shelter could threaten public safety in the family neighbourhood. Ward 32 Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon has rebutted the claims, emphasizing that the homeless still have “moral compasses.”
- Because one outrageous protest wasn’t enough, Toronto taxi drivers are planning yet another demonstration against Uber during February’s NBA All-Star weekend. Last December, a mass protest near City Hall snarled traffic through the downtown core, much to the ire of commuters who used neither cabs nor ride-sharing. Meanwhile, City Council will convene next Wednesday to decide whether to file an injunction against UberX, brought forth by taxi hype man Councillor Jim Karygiannis (Ward 39, Scarborough-Agincourt).
- Police are searching for three suspects who used a black Dodge pickup truck to steal an ATM from a strip club that doubles as a church in Guelph. The theft occurred around 6 this morning—certainly outside of normal operating times for either business—at The Manor, about an hour and a half drive from Toronto. The thieves got away, but only with memories: the ATM, which they chained to the truck, broke free from its tow as the suspects drove off.