Extra, Extra: Leslieville Shelter Approval, Yet Another Taxi Protest, and a Guelph Strip-Club Getaway | news | Torontoist
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Extra, Extra: Leslieville Shelter Approval, Yet Another Taxi Protest, and a Guelph Strip-Club Getaway

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Former Salvation Army shelter at College and McCaul  Photo by Michael Greco from the Torontoist Flickr Pool

Former Salvation Army shelter at College and McCaul. Photo by Michael Greco from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

  • 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.

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