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Extra, Extra: Toronto Hates Lovebots, Potential Labour Stoppage, and World-Record Chinese Menu Collection

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  • A Change.org petition was created in hopes of banishing LoveBots, the concrete robot sculptures across the city intended to remind Torontonians “that there is love in their cities and kindness around every corner.” So far, the petition, started by Kirk Hero, has garnered 115 signatures and describes the sculptures as “a visual plague.” “Every time I see one of the rage-inducing Lovebot stickers below my feet as I cross a pedestrian crosswalk, I hope that this is the day a truck doesn’t notice the flashing lights,” one signee writes.
  • Toronto could soon experience a labour stoppage after talks between the city and two of its largest unions reached a reported stalemate. The negotiations between the City and two CUPE locals representing 5,400 outside workers and 23,000 inside workers have been ongoing since the fall. Workers have been without a contract since December 15. There’s no word yet on whether another garbage strike similar (à la 2009) could plague the city again.
  • The University of Toronto has acquired the world’s largest collection of Chinese restaurant menus and tchotchkes. The school purchased some 10,000 menus from American collector Harley Spiller for about $40,000 to aid food studies research. It’s unclear if the collection contains any menus from award-winning sort-of Chinese buffet Mandarin.

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