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.
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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.
As July wanes we quickly approach the August long weekend, or Simcoe Day as we Torontonians call it. Our Hamilton neighbours call it George Hamilton Day, which is either to honour the city’s “official” founder, or the perfectly bronzed character actor from the show Dynasty. In the news: Mayor Rob Ford’s campaign team clashes with East York debate organizers; plagiarism accusations surround a city council hopeful; and Etobicoke neighbours argue over home redesigns.
According to an Algerian news agency, air navigation services lost track of a Swiftair plane—Flight AH5017—50 minutes after takeoff in Burkina Faso en route to Algiers, early this morning, with 116 people aboard the flight. In less-startling news: phone numbers in the 416 area code are worth a pretty penny, online and phone voting in the upcoming municipal election is cancelled for disabled citizens, the City has a new transportation centre, and mayoral candidates talk pedestrian safety.
A spokesman for the the provincial liquor control agency says Ford Fest was denied a booze permit because the event was deemed not “municipally significant.” So many jokes, so little time. In the news: The police services board and Michael Thompson avoid public court battle, Carol Wilding exits the Toronto Region Board of Trade, dooring incidents are highest on College Street, and a TTC bus narrowly misses hitting a pedestrian in Scarborough.
Happy birthday, Prince George. Here's to another year of bashing other kids on the head at playgroup as the most popular member of the Royal family. In the news: a company challenges the City’s private parking ban, Scarborough residents unite against a TTC bus garage, the Toronto Time Bank offers helping hands, and the Canada Revenue Agency targets PEN Canada.
Apparently Jon Bon Jovi is part of a Toronto group that has expressed interest in buying the Buffalo Bills. Because nothing says “Toronto!” like Bon Jovi and the NFL. In the news: A 24-year-old Ajax man was among the passengers of downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, David Soknacki wants to make early-morning commuting free, a crackdown on leash-free dog walking, and a new Ford enters politics.
The Honda Indy takes place this weekend. Expensive, silly-looking cars going around in circles for a long time. Fun. In the news: a Canada Post employee gives an earful of expletives to a cyclist, new guidelines for Ontario police forces regarding what info can and cannot be included on a background check, and the provincial opposition parties are worried that public agencies like the LCBO will be put up for sale.