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Extra, Extra: Relief Line Recommendations, Ridiculous Housing Prices, and the Toronto Teen Winning the Internet

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  • Chief planner Jennifer Keesmaat announced today that city planners will unveil recommendations for the Relief Line in the coming weeks—much to the delight of city commuters. Potential station areas will also be brought forth. Meanwhile, a 19-year-old University of Toronto student has organized a local advocacy group to support the Relief Line. But given that plans for the project date back to 1910, the group may be in for a long wait.
  • It still costs an arm and a leg to buy a house in Toronto, according to new (but unsurprising) data released by market researcher Demographia. The price of an average home in the GTA, researchers found, is nearly seven times the annual median household income. But prices could be far worse: in Vancouver, a home will cost nearly 11 times buyers’ household income. Point for Toronto… we think.
  • Your feel-good story of the day: A Toronto Starbucks barista with autism who loves to bust a move has gone viral after video of him dancing behind the counter surfaced online. Sam, a high-school student at Marshall McLuhan Catholic Secondary School, was filmed last Friday; the subsequent YouTube video has accumulated more than 150,000 views. According to Sam’s manager Chris Ali, the dancing has bolstered Sam’s confidence and improved his movement disabilities.

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