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.
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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.
A photographer in British Columbia hid in the bushes and snapped a photo of a grizzly bear inspecting a camera he had set up on a tripod. It's true what they say―nowadays everyone thinks they are a photographer, even bears. In the news: six pedestrians were hit by cars in less than 24 hours, Maria Augimeri thinks that cheap construction bids cause more trouble than good, the end of the Buffalo Bills home games in Toronto, and an online push for Doug Ford to enter the Ontario PC leadership race.
After purchasing the trip of a lifetime to take with his ex-girlfriend and then subsequently breaking up, a man is looking for a woman who has her exact name and to assume her plane ticket so that it won’t go to waste. Her name? Elizabeth Gallagher. So close, yet so far… In the news: the end of free parking for motorcycles and scooters approaches, more crowdfunded bus routes on the way, and a Tibetan culture week is accused of being a propaganda tool of the Chinese government.
Apparently Christian Bale has walked away from playing Steve Jobs in an upcoming biopic. Now we'll never know what Batman looks like in a black turtleneck. In the news: Tenants are left hanging after several raw sewage backups at a TCHC building, subway station Presto card machines are unaccessible for many people with disabilities, a nearly 150-year-old graveyard is unearthed, and a piece of Jewish Canadian history is discovered at a book sale.
Halloween is tomorrow―this means only one more day of having to suffer through that annoying Village People–themed Value Village radio commercial. We may not have costumes, but we sure do have some news for you: The provincial government aims to cap executive salaries at public sector agencies, a Trailer Park Boys actress accuses Jian Ghomeshi of sexual violence, paramedics concerned over lack of Ebola preparedness training are ordered back to work, and a woman is seriously injured after falling onto the 401.
Welcome to Wednesday, Tory Nation. In the news: drivers snapping cellphone shots of yesterday's DVP rollover get charged, charges are laid against a TTC driver in a fatal crash, Doug Ford mulls a run for Progressive Conservative leadership, and a researcher finally discovers the name of a mysterious ROM mummy.
Dear Norm Kelly, thanks for being the greatest almost-but-not-really mayor this city has ever had. Mayor Tory has some big shoes to fill. In the news: John Tory is our new mayor, a roundup of all the new faces coming to city council, John Nunziata says he was assaulted outside of a polling station, and mayoral race highlights from around the GTA.
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.
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.