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Extra, Extra: New Report Lambastes Toronto Shelter System, Drake Woos Old Teacher, and Walking Panda Cubs

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  • A new report found crowded Toronto shelters are not doing enough to protect the city’s homeless during the winter, suggesting that the system is “lurching toward breakdown.” The report, compiled by the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty and obtained by the Toronto Star, relies on 105 interviews by volunteer investigators from the week of Jan. 18. In their investigation, the organization found 81 per cent of those interviewed were denied a shelter bed that week or the week before because city shelters were full. The report comes on the heels of a City Council debate over the lack of funding for 24-hour emergency shelters in next year’s budget.
  • Even among a group of high-profile basketball players this weekend, Drake managed to keep his sensitive guy persona alive. The rapper spent his Valentine’s Day at the NBA All-Star Game with Kim Janzen, the woman he credits with helping him finish high school, as his date. In an Instagram post, Drake dubbed Janzen “my favourite high school teacher.” Aww.
  • Just in time for Family Day, the Toronto Zoo released yet another video of the city’s favourite cuddly critters. The new video depicts the zoo’s two unnamed panda cubs walking rather lethargically around their pen, pausing only to hop over a log in their path. The cubs are now four months old, and according to the video’s description, “are becoming extremely mobile.” Aww, redux.

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