Remember that time when a movie by Seth Rogen and James Franco became the target of terrorist threats? Welcome to life in 2014. In the news: Waterfront Toronto defends running over-budget on the Queens Quay revitalization project, the meaning behind the "Super Dave!" sign at Coxwell and Gerard, a fatal fire in Parkdale, and a Toronto-bound plane is diverted to Halifax.
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It would appear that fog is the new snow. In the news: a Ryerson student gets flack for encouraging people to give pizza to the homeless, the TCHC approves a $2.5-billion budget for 2015, a retirement home gets slapped with a $10,000 fine for operating without a license, and a woman is hit by a bus near Yonge and Eglinton.
Happy Hanukkah, dear friends! In the news: Pan Am Games organizers spent nearly $500,000 on travel expenses in four years, a restaurant fights to keep its accessibility ramp, and homebuyers pay a premium to live near public transit.
McDonald's is set to get rid of eight menu items. Does this mean that the Fillet-o-Fish has finally met its end? In the news: Gord Perks doesn’t think that TTC fare inspectors should carry batons, Scotiabank is accused of racial profiling, and Councillor Rob Ford is already eyeing a 2018 mayoral bid.
In case you were wondering, if ever confronted with the choice, Mayor John Tory would pick fighting a gorilla over a bear. What about you? In less outlandishly hypothetical news: the environmental assessment meeting for the Billy Bishop airport expansion plans draws a hostile crowd, a group of seniors allege they were kicked out of a club because of Giorgio Mammoliti, a possible Go Transit fare hike, and Brampton mayor Linda Jeffrey wants to lower her salary.
As daylight breaks over our fair city, there are things happening all around you that are worthy of your attention. So keep your head up, or you might miss something. On that note, let’s see what is going on in the news: A TTC pilot project improves route service on Dufferin and St. Clair, Alok Mukherjee refuses to apologize for his controversial Facebook post, and Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier learns that Nelson Mandela was not an athlete.
Here we are again, Thursday. Let’s do this. In the news: a Bloor West store is repeatedly targeted with homophobic graffiti, a rookie MPP gets a $58,000 severance payout, Giorgio Mammoliti won’t give up his chair at council, and Lakeridge Health admits that 14 staffers snooped into patient records.
One hundred brains are missing from a collection of specimens held by the University of Texas at Austin. There really is a black market for everything, isn’t there? In the news: A whole lot of collisions during yesterday’s evening rush hour, TTC chair Josh Colle gets to work, new councillor Jon Burnside is missing a lot of files, and new provincial securities rules aim to get more women in executive roles.
Ladies and gentlemen, Zanta is back. He made an impromptu appearance on Global News last week, crashing a live interview by reporter Mark Carcasole. While his days of shirtless subway push-ups appear to be over, his Santa hat was out in all its glory. In the news: Shaun Chen is the new chair of the TDSB, left-leaning councillors say they have been shut out of Mayor Tory’s executive, and new Brampton mayor Linda Jeffrey calls for further investigation into the city.
A new study by a Toronto ad agency finds that Canadians actually enjoy commuting. So when you’re cursing loudly and banging on your steering wheel because the 401 is at a standstill, remember that deep down you’re really having a good time. In the news: a new audit reveals security for the Pan Am Games is behind schedule and over budget, ticks carrying Lyme disease were found in Rouge Valley, and Presto cards are coming to new streetcars this weekend. Finally.
The Weather Network is forecasting colder-than-average temperatures from eastern Saskatchewan through to New Brunswick this winter. Unless Ontario gets some legs and heads west to hang out with British Columbia, this means we’re officially in for it. In the news: Doug Ford is still considering a bid for leadership of the PC party, a Markham private golf club is set to sell for $412 million, the province pledges $65 million to improve mental health services, and the Toronto Public Library board proposes security budget cuts.
RIP Pat Quinn. You will be missed. In the news: A transport plan for the Pan Am Games, a (likely) end to paid plasma donations in Toronto, a list of dead pets, and a warning to condo builders to slow down new builds.
The Toronto Raptors extended an olive branch to Vince Carter by playing a tribute video honouring the former Raptor at Wednesday night's game. It's nice to see bygones be bygones, isn't it? In the news: Former TCHC houses are earning a lot more than their asking price on the market, a North York condo goes without power for four days, 80 more layoffs at Bell Media, and an imminent price increase at Tim Hortons.
Forget kale—according to some Peruvians, frog juice is the real superfood. Yuck. There is no scientific evidence that it can actually cure asthma and bronchitis as claimed, so let's hope this trend isn't coming to Whole Foods any time soon. In the news: a culture of intimidation at the TDSB, more layoffs at Walmart, a $1,200 airplane Wi-Fi bill, and drug charges laid in connection with the Liberty Village apartment explosion.
Apparently Charles Manson was granted a marriage licence and plans to marry his 26-year-old fiancee some time before February. For the perpetually single, try not to let your morning be ruined by the fact that a convicted murderer will be married before you. In the news: A condo in Liberty Village was evacuated following an explosion, Conservatives held on for victory in the Whitby-Oshawa by-election, a police blitz targeted illegally parked drivers, and a lack of accurate statistics about sexual assaults on the TTC.
Snow. It is coming. Be ready. In the news: a $4,219 price tag on Pan Am Games internal documents, a dodgy presentation to high school students about nutrition from the sugar industry, and an old policy that might make it tricky for banks to issue mortgages for micro condos.
Yesterday, clothing retailer The Gap got called out for poor taste because of its gloriously inappropriate idea to offer Remembrance Day sales. A Tesco store in England may have one-upped them, though, by offering remembrance-themed pizzas featuring pepperoni and bell pepper poppies. Tasteless marketing knows no bounds. In the news: the negative impact of Crosstown LRT construction on Eglinton Avenue West businesses, a new smartphone app for Beck Taxi, a colon surgery live on Twitter, and platform-edge safety doors to prevent subway track suicides.
Lest we forget. In the news: Rob Ford will not attend today’s Remembrance Day ceremony at Old City Hall, a disabled man videotapes three hours of ridicule he endured while walking on Toronto streets, a petition to keep a controversial “dating coach” out of Canada gains ground, and the story of a Burlington resident who survived the Second World War by going into hiding for over two years.