As the world waits with bated breath to learn whether or not Scotland will become an independent country, one truth will remain unchanged no matter what the result—haggis is gross. In the news: Joe Pennachetti reminds incumbent councillors that their offices shall not be used for campaign purposes, the Rob Ford musical goes on as planned, the El Mocambo is closing, and the electronic voice on the new TTC streetcars could do with an elocution lesson.
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After more than a year of displaying witty and inspirational messages in the front window of his home for passers-by to enjoy, the Atlas Avenue chalkboard guy has decided to hang up his chalk, and call it a day. We salute you, chalkboard guy! Thanks for the smiles! In the news: John Tory promises to ease gridlock through better road closure planning, Tory also makes promises for more cycling infrastructure, a sickly-looking coyote ambles through Scarborough Bluffs, and U of T takes a slight tumble in world ranks.
Apparently Kanye West yells at people in wheelchairs to get up and dance at his concerts. Naturally, because why wouldn’t being the genius voice of a generation entitle a person to berate his audience in the most obnoxious and insensitive way ever? Stay classy, Kanye. In the news: Giorgio Mammoliti is under police investigation, Doug Ford has a pretty awful council attendance record, Ontario Tories want a provincial leader who supports GTA issues, and PETA takes issue with the Blue Jays over wild animals used in recent photo ops.
Mayor Rob Ford may go down in history as the only municipal politician to ever steal headlines away from TIFF. Somewhere, Cameron Bailey is angrily shaking his fist. In the news: Rob Ford is out of the mayoral race, and Doug Ford may or may not have long been a backup candidate; early polls indicate that Doug Ford is already a more popular mayoral candidate than his brother was; what the ballot switch means for Doug Ford’s campaign financing; and a Toronto teachers group complains about trustee Sam Sotiropoulos’s comments about transgender people.
As the federal NDP start to think about the 2015 election, the party has unveiled a new slogan: “Change that’s ready.” Underwhelming? Nonsensical? Inspiring? For once it would be nice for a slogan to reflect political reality, but there is less of a snappy ring to “We’re hoping you’ll let us keep our jobs.” In the news: The Toronto Region Board of Trade says that there is little place for politics in transit planning, tuition is on the rise, but the Ontario government says it isn’t a big deal, Hazel McCallion chairs her final council meeting, and an In-and-Out Burger pop-up shop.
Canadian Tire has announced that Canadian Tire money is going digital. The company says that the move won’t replace their paper bills, but simply offer an online alternative to collect and redeem rewards. This means that Sandy McTire’s sweet moustache and tam-o'-shanter will live on. In the news: Sarah Thomson and David Soknacki are out of the mayoral race, John Tory widens his lead as he admits that his Smart Track plan will require some tunnelling, former Rob Ford chief of staff Mark Towhey pens a tell-all, and a home collapse in Bedford park leaves one construction worker dead and another injured.
We’re already halfway through TIFF. Have you had an interesting run-in with a celebrity yet? Or do you have any good stories about trying to impersonate a celebrity for your own personal gain? In the news: print media were asked to leave a Rob Ford speech after being invited, an octogenarian has been charged with stunt driving, Vogue Magazine thinks West Queen West is actually so hip it hurts, and a new study on discrimination against homelessness by health care professionals.
Drop whatever you are doing and go look at some photos from Al Pacino’s appearance at the TIFF Gala last night. That man’s hair is a thing of unparalleled beauty. In the news: Olivia Chow supports right-angled curbs for pedestrian safety, Sarah Thomson mulls over dropping out of the mayoral race, parade organizers are on the hook to pay a $14,000 police bill by today, and fewer than 55,000 unemployed people in Toronto actually collect EI.
After 34 years, Eaton Centre eatery Mr. Greenjeans has closed. What overpriced, underwhelming chain restaurant do you think will swoop into the location to replace it? In the news: John Tory takes a lead in the polls, Rob Ford skips a debate to canvas, Sandra Bussin vies to reclaim her former council seat, and $9 million in Centrium condo deposits will be returned.
Oh, back to school! Back to school! To prove to Dad that I'm not a fool. In the news: A man is taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries after joyriding on a TTC bus, Rob Ford drops out of two debates scheduled for this week, some members of the Bloordale Village BIA want fresh leadership, and Ontario workers begin to embrace getting paid in Bitcoin.
This weekend is your last chance to head down to the Ex and gorge yourself on deep-fried treats. Go forth, and eat yourselves silly. In the news: Warren Kinsella issues a libel notice to a John Tory campaign strategist, a pitch to the province for more public transit funding, delays in the move of Captain John’s, and holiday road closures.
Tim Hortons debuted a spicy, savoury doughnut called the “Buffalo Crunch” at the Great New York State Fair this week. The treat is covered in buffalo-style chicken wing sauce and crunched-up kettle chips. If that wasn’t already enough, tortilla strips wade in a pool of buffalo sauce at the centre. Be honest, you’d probably try it. In the news: the new location for Cornerstone Place shelter gets approved by council, a UofT satellite goes rogue in space, the Rouge Valley privacy breach widens, and a Sunwing flight gets rerouted back to Toronto due to disruptive passengers.
According to an online sports media outlet, Toronto may be under consideration to get a second NHL team in future expansion plans. Why have one team that can’t seem to get it together to win a Stanley Cup when you can have two? In the news: council bans red-light right turns at the Leaside intersection where Georgia Walsh was killed, questions about whether or not John Tory’s seven-year SmartTrack timeline is realistic, the City is forced to pay the legal fees for a successful integrity commission complaint against Maria Augimeri, and a power outage in the east end has been resolved.
The latest edition of the Farmers’ Almanac goes on sale this week, and it calls for yet another frigid, snowy winter. Let joy be unconfined. In the news: Stiffer penalties are en route for texting while driving, a doctor says that medical professionals should be able to report drunk drivers, several cyclist injuries on Lake Shore Boulevard, and tainted dog treats found in an Etobicoke park.
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was kicked up a notch when former president George W. Bush denied the challenge, labelling it un-presidential. He offered to make a donation to the cause, but thankfully his wife, Laura Bush, had a bucket of ice water at the ready to dump over him, thus fulfilling the wishes of many an American liberal. In the news: An approved fee-hike for Vulnerable Sector Screening checks, a bike lane closure on the Prince Edward Viaduct, Karen Stintz may or may not still be in the mayoral race, and approval for the Raptors’ practice grounds at Exhibition Place.
Wednesday, we meet again. Please, be gentle. In the news: A new report says that lack of competition in alcohol sales is hurting the province, No Jets TO activist Anshul Kapoor will register his election papers to run in Ward 20, a rare human rights case results in a $10,000 judgement against Toronto landlord, and the sale of Captain John’s isn’t so final.
Happy birthday, John Stamos. In the news: the centre-loading Eglinton Crosstown LRT platforms will be dangerous to the vision-impaired, Union Station’s Bay concourse will not be ready for the Pan Am Games, plans move forward to shorten election lawn sign campaigns, and a new study looks at the use of anti-psychotic drugs on dementia patients.
Vulcan, Alberta hopes to raise $2 billion to make a working spacecraft. Is there a more fitting cause for Kickstarter? We think not. In the news: CUPE takes issue with Rob Ford's bomb threat handling, bike impounding in front of a Hudson's Bay shop will cease, undocumented immigrants say they were targeted by a recent vehicle safety blitz, and the late Steve McQueen's Ferrari goes up for auction.