Sometimes, you just have to get right to it. In the news: Parliament will sit today in the wake of the Ottawa shootings, Bill Blair says there is no credible threat of a similar attack in Toronto, Queen’s Park holds a moment of silence to honour the fallen soldier in Ottawa, Doug Ford shares his views on what needs to be done to keep the nation safe, and the identity of the killed soldier is confirmed to be Corporal Nathan Cirillo.
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Apparently, a Niagara-on-the-Lake hotel has the greatest restroom in Canada. The porcelain thrones at Shaw Club Hotel and Spa are described as a convergence of “style and radiance.” Given that a public lavatory in Toronto that offers a convergence of functioning plumbing and tolerable odour is a pretty big coup, what would rate as our fine city’s top public potty? In the news: Malala Yousafzai will be made an honorary Canadian citizen, the TDSB has a $3-billion repair backlog, the El Mocambo sign goes up for auction, and Doug Ford meets Michael Dunbar Jr.
A surfer in Hawaii punched a tiger shark who came close to attacking his three sons while they were surfing together over the weekend. That is definitely worth a “#1 Dad” mug. In the news: questionable billboards in Ward 9, nearly half of Torontonians would be willing to pay higher user fees for better recreation services, more than 5,000 Pan Am Games security jobs for students, and fall road closures.
Neil Patrick Harris will host the 2015 Academy Awards. An awards-show host veteran, he has already hosted the Tony Awards and the Primetime Emmys. Is there such a thing as an EGOT for awards-show hosts? In the news: Olivia Chow questions whether or not Union Station can accommodate SmartTrack, John Tory’s lead widens in the latest poll, a record-high turnout on the first day of advance polls might be good news for John Tory.
Welcome to the 288th day of 2014. There are officially 12 days left until the municipal elections. And one day until tomorrow’s Newsstand. Since Torontoist has yet to invest in a time machine, let’s just see what is in the news today: Breaking the rules at an advanced polling station in Ward 20, Olivia Chow’s first television ad, Doug Ford’s endorsement from John Tory, Doug Holyday’s non-endorsement of Doug Ford and John Tory, and Robyn Doolittle’s Reddit AMA.
Thanksgiving is officially over, so let's now look ahead to Halloween. What will you dress up as? Or do you scoff at the idea of dressing up? If so, humbug to you, Halloween Scrooge! In the news: A Canadian-made Ebola vaccine goes into human trials, Lisa Raitt endorses John Tory for mayor, and today’s poorly constructed condominiums are tomorrow’s urban slum.
The long weekend is so close that you can almost smell the turkey, can’t you? In the news: A strike by WoodGreen leaves hundreds of parents without childcare, poorly maintained street sweepers are contributing to poor air quality in the city, and increased border screening to prevent the spread of Ebola is coming to Canadian airports.
Rain, rain, go to Spain. Never show your face again. Seriously though, after yesterday we’ve definitely had our fill. No more please. In the news: John Tory’s private meeting with Stephen Harper, Torontonians like the idea of recall elections, the Toronto Police Services Board wants to know what you think makes a good police chief, and Penrose Fish and Chips is closing.
It has been confirmed that Twin Peaks will return to Showtime in 2016 for a nine-episode run. Original writer Mark Frost will write all the episodes and co-creator David Lynch is set to direct. We can only hope that Kyle MacLachlan will reprise his role as Agent Cooper, if only so we can learn what Laura Palmer meant when she said she would see him again in 25 years. In the news: Doug Ford is gaining ground in the latest election poll, the clash between the TCHC and a Regent Park woman who refuses to leave her condemned apartment building continues, the Liberty Village Express makes a successful debut, and former Liberal MP Ruby Dhalla will not be making a political comeback.
Yesterday, a woman jumped into a moving parking patrol car and prevented it from entering oncoming traffic on Avenue Road after the patrol officer exiting the vehicle tripped and ended up having his foot run over by the car. Sure it might be one of the most confusing narrow-miss accidents ever, but it definitely has a Hollywood romantic comedy ring to it. Someone call Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan—we’ve got a mediocre movie to make! In the news: Doug Ford wants to slash the land transfer tax, the Cherry streetcar won’t be up and running until 2016, nearly half of Torontonians live paycheque to paycheque, and the TDSB will likely nix a partnership with the Confucius Institute.
The world’s oldest clown has died. Floyd "Creeky" Creekmore, was 98 years old. Even if you are deathly afraid of clowns, that is still sad to hear, isn’t it? In the news: Olivia Chow promises 3,000 more childcare spaces, Doug Ford and John Tory continue to sling mud at one another, security costs for the Pan Am Games could keep ballooning, a fatal streetcar collision, and two Sunrise Records locations are closing.
It is the last day of September, meaning Christmas music is coming to a mall PA system near you sooner than anyone wants. Because nothing says “Happy Halloween!” like a hearty chorus of “Jingle Bells.” In the news: Meet Doug Ford, art collector; a University of Toronto think tank believes transit should be a top concern for mayoral candidates; municipal election campaigns heat up; and more construction is coming to a road near you.
A Canadian man was allegedly caught at the Detroit-Windsor border trying to re-enter Canada with 51 live turtles strapped to his legs. We could spend hours on a witty headline, but we'll move things along and settle on, “Is that 51 turtles in your pants, or are you just happy to see me?” In the news: Rob Ford will attend Ford Fest, Toronto police take to Twitter to defend use of force, and GO Transit has no idea what dangerous materials are travelling along Metrolinx-owned railway corridors.
The return of Thursday. Not at all like the return of the Jedi. Nor like the return of the mack. There is your obscure '90s pop culture reference for the day! In the news: Doug Ford wants people to school John Tory in the ways of the working world, Doug Ford also distances himself from racist comments made by a campaign supporter, John Tory will not attend debates if Doug Ford won't be there, and drive-thru groceries in Richmond Hill.
Now that fall has officially arrived, so has cold and flu season. Raise your hand if breathing clearly is a distant memory, and a lingering cough is your new BFF right now! In the news: more money from the province for the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, the TTC also could use some more money from the province to make subway stations fully accessible, a study shows that Torontonians really want to live in walkable neighbourhoods, and Elizabeth Dowdeswell is sworn in as lieutenant-governor.
According to Moody's Analytics, return of NHL hockey will noticeably boost to the Canadian economy due to job creation and spending stimulated by our nation’s pastime. Next time someone nags you about watching too much Coach's Corner, swiftly tell them that hockey helped contribute $4.5 billion to the Canadian economy last year—you’re just doing your part to keep the country thriving. In the news: local lawmakers ponder the legality of UberX, police will pilot test body cameras, Damian Abraham of Fucked Up will moderate a mayoral debate, and a Toronto mother claims a niqab-wearing school bus driver is a safety risk.
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.
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.