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.
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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.
Just in case you were wondering, there are 38 days left in summer. In the news: Joe Pennachetti says that Toronto has never been on the edge of a fiscal cliff, University Avenue might be ceremonially renamed to honour Nelson Mandela, a mattress fire at the old Jilly's building, and a Toronto-bound plane makes an emergency landing in Ottawa.
Rare panda triplets were recently born in China, and the first photos of them just became available yesterday. Man, are they ever ugly babies! Seriously, they are not cute. In the news: Baldwin Street is left in tatters due to the construction at Dundas and Spadina, Wi-Fi is coming to more subway stations, Toronto’s Chilean community may finally get a street named after Salvador Allende, and a Toronto woman challenges the federal government over a new U.S. banking law.
O CAPTAIN! My Captain! Our fearful trip is done. Robin Williams, you will be missed. In the news: No bombs at City Hall, a possible ban on e-cigarettes, the CNE improves food safety regulations, and the Shangri-La prohibits balcony use due to falling glass.
Yesterday Canada’s Wonderland announced that it would be retiring SkyRider, the first-ever stand-up roller coaster built in the country, in order to make room for new development. Nothing lasts forever. In the news: David Soknacki vows to cut $65 million from the police budget, west-end residents voice opposition to a proposed homeless shelter, a Roma family makes a plea for special permission to remain in Canada, and a major gas leak on King West.
Over the weekend, actor Jeff Goldblum and his fiancée attended the nuptials of a Toronto couple and helped the bridal party pose for a Jurassic Park-inspired wedding photo. You might as well give up now, bridezillas—your wedding will never live up to that. In the news: Giorgio Mammoliti blames councillors Mike Layton and Gord Perks for drug-related deaths at VELD Music Festival, the City looks at terminating the lease of City Hall’s cafeteria operator over unpaid fees, an Oakville man invents a date rape drug detection device, and a flashy Mississauga Road mansion that's up for auction is not Don Cherry’s former home.
The long weekend is officially over. Single tear. In the news: two music festival deaths are linked to drugs, a Brampton funeral home sues the family of a man killed at last year’s Caribbean Carnival parade, turn-of-the-century newsboys help commemorate the beginning of World War I, and a 14-year-old becomes the youngest person to successfully swim across Lake Ontario.
Try to stay calm, but a new fruity ice cream flavour called "Xamaleon" developed by a Spanish physicist changes colours while you eat it. Amazing, right? In the news: Eve Adams ends her bid for nomination in Oakville North-Burlington, the TDSB investigates how a man was able to impersonate being a teacher at five of its schools, taxpayers contribute $6 to provincial power-agency pensions per $1 employee contribution, pricy camera equipment goes missing from a Canada Post shipping facility, and weekend road closures.
Goodbye July, you were swell. August, show us what you've got! In the news: a few potential candidates to replace Bill Blair emerge, the NDP will announce its candidate in the yet-uncalled Whitby-Oshawa federal byelection, a convicted murderer vies for city council seat, and Mary-Margaret McMahon talks about getting struck by a vehicle while cycling.
A four-minute trailer for an upcoming crossover episode of The Simpsons and Family Guy was released at Comic Con. But does anyone care about either show anymore? In the news: A new charge is laid in the shooting death of Sammy Yatim, John Tory thinks his SmartTrack plan will boost business in Liberty Village, a letter from the TTC bus driver who ran a red light, and a Newmarket family gets stranded at sea for 17 hours.