He’s my boyfriend, he’s your boyfriend, he’s everyone’s boyfriend. Congratulations to George Stroumboulopoulos, who is the new face of Hockey Night In Canada—but seriously, though, he’s mostly my boyfriend… In the news: Morgan Baskin is an 18-year-old high-school student who wants to be the next mayor of Toronto, Toronto’s presence at SXSW underwhelms this year even after that alliance our city formed with the City of Austin, security improvements will be made at York University in the wake of a double campus shooting, and snow—like the weather, not the '90s rapper—isn’t through with us yet.
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Happy birthday, Toronto! I didn’t get you anything because you’re so hard to shop for, so please accept these news headlines in your honour: The Buffalo Bills won’t be coming to Toronto this year, Josh Colle thinks bus and streetcar service should be free during overnight cold weather alerts, a laptop stolen from Etobicoke General had personal info from over 5,000 patients on it, and a Toronto Tim Hortons dished out $200 in free wares thanks to a considerate customer.
Since you’ll forget at least 50 times between now and the weekend, let’s start off with a reminder that Daylight Saving begins on Sunday. In the news: A whole lot of Toronto schools are falling apart while the TDSB fends off more allegations of infighting, everything you wanted to know about Sandro Lisi but were afraid to ask, and a swan gets rescued from the harbour.
Fontrum—a word Urban Dictionary defines as “feeling embarrassment for someone that doesn't have enough common sense to feel the embarrassment that they should be feeling for themselves.” Alternatively defined as the “state Torontonians perpetually exist in whenever Mayor Ford opens his mouth and words come out.” In the news: Rob Ford was on Jimmy Kimmel to promote the Toronto film industry while the Toronto film industry says, “No thanks, we’re totally cool without you!”; the premier of the Yukon brought some severed toes to Toronto…for drinking purposes; and a contingency fee to help keep Toronto’s ice rinks open longer.
Dydd Gwyl Dewi Hapus. Otherwise, Happy Saint David’s Day! In the news: Crude oil shipments running through midtown have residents irked, a major law firm is no more, Grange Park will get a facelift, and to say things are getting intense at TDSB meetings would be kind of an understatement.
As we ice skate our way into the end of February on this frozen tidal wave of frigid temperatures, take comfort in knowing that Mercury Retrograde ends tomorrow. Our lives will all suck a little less. In the news: the partial sale or lease of Toronto Hydro could be up for discussion if Karen Stintz becomes mayor, the provincial government will dole out $190 million to municipalities for ice storm relief, Bill Blair knew that Doug Ford’s complaint was imminent thanks to Sandro Lisi, and Rob Ford gets mean-girled at the Big City Mayors' Caucus.
In case you were wondering what Judge Judy thinks about Justin Bieber, she’s weighed in on his rash of recent arrests and questionable antics by saying, “You sing alright. You’re no Sinatra, but people are going to remember that you’re an idiot.” Welcome to the end of days, people. Enjoy. In the news: Tourism in Toronto hits an all-time high, distracted driving fines are set to increase next month, and a new competition aimed at creating innovative ways to tackle poverty in York Region launches.
Admit it—you thought Egon Spengler was a total babe. Harold Ramis, you will be missed. Don’t cross the streams, and read some local news: Police Chief Bill Blair is under investigation, some good news for Gardiner repairs, even better news for parking ticket reforms, and a revolutionary cancer treatment developed at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre is getting attention from around the world.
If it isn’t the snow, the rain will get you in the end. Environment Canada, we salute you for yet another weather warning. In less rainy news: Josh Matlow tries to curb rent increases, Toronto Hydro execs charge ratepayers for some questionable expenses, change is in the wind for the taxi industry, say “Hi!” to Maria Augimeri—your new TTC chair, and Karen Stintz is finally getting around to filling out her mayoral election paperwork.
Apparently, Seth Cohen is now married. Time to cry in your breakfast cereal. In the news: lots of snow this winter means the City’s snow removal budget is disappearing quickly, the race to become the TTC chair heats up, the Toronto Zoo doesn’t know a whole lot about the Inuit language, and replacing glass walls is an expense that prospective condo buyers should probably consider.
So. More snow. But at least Roll Up the Rim is back at Tim Hortons. Here's to another year of free cookies and donuts! In the news: protect your cell, because people want to steal it; more problems for Trillium Health after doctors allegedly deny a woman access to cancer treatment; naloxone kits are saving lives in Toronto; and a veteran city councillor calls it quits.
So, how’s that love hangover treating you today? Here’s some news to bring you back down to reality: A Torontonian wants to live in a tiny home but the city won’t let him, a TDSB trustee is in hot water, taking a trip through the revamped Toronto Reference Library, and a Justin Bieber-themed yoga class.
Shia LaBeouf is super-duper sorry for plagiarizing everything and everyone. Can we just accept his apology so we no longer have to suffer through his terrible attempts at narcissistic performance art? We get enough of that at City Hall on the daily. In the news: growing calls for police reform have people asking for Bill Blair to be shown the exit, Toronto’s ombudsman is having a hard time with the increase in complaints about city services, two more pedestrian fatalities are being investigated, and Avery Edison will return to the U.K. today.
Valentine’s Day looms. “I choo-choo-choose you.” In the news: Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Reddit AMA falls flat, TCHC CEO Gene Jones stays put as lawyers investigate allegations of misconduct, and the new federal budget is a hit at City Hall.
Figure skating is like politics, apparently. Scandals flying around everywhere. In the news: distracted drivers in the city get a wakeup call…from a police hearse, Toronto convenience stores really like selling tobacco to minors, a Toronto journalism student creates a Twitter account to document quirky problems at the Olympic Games, and new extreme weather practices are coming to the GTAA this April.
Who had a nightmare about shovelling snow last night? In the news: Toronto house prices outpace family income, the TDSB spends a lot of money on paint and…a pencil sharpener, Indigo CEO Heather Reisman mourns the closure of the Chapters Runnymede bookstore, and Doug Ford thinks John Tory’s job advice to women is chauvinistic.
Stop watching that clip of Benedict Cumberbatch on Sesame Street already! Here’s some news: council doesn’t know what to do about the Gardiner Expressway, Ontario’s Ombudsman is investigating Hydro One, Toronto’s Somali community is divided about the recommendations of a task force set up by the TDSB, and a young boy with cerebral palsy inspires a new book.
Stuff keeps happening, so here we are again. In the news: Robyn Doolittle’s book about Rob Ford sheds new light on his alleged addiction problems, and Doug Ford doesn’t think too much of that; police are still investigating the mayor; John Tory talks income inequality; a petition to revamp a much-loathed intersection near Billy Bishop Airport; and more snow.