Monday, bloody Monday. Let's get into the news of the day so we can all get some coffee: some things mayoral candidates should be talking more about, a lawyer is taking on developers, strategic voters inexplicably run from Olivia Chow to John Tory, and three outbreaks of Hepatitis C were kept quiet in the last three years.
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It's been days—days!—since anyone was escorted out of a mayoral debate or yelled a racial slur at a prominent local politician on TV. What a quiet week, right? Here's some news to get you to the weekend: James Forcillo will face both second-degree and attempted murder charges in Sammy Yatim’s death, area hospitals are connecting a mini baby boom with last year’s ice storm, and you should never trust a man in a bright green shirt on the Pape bus.
After we get through today, the weather promises to be warm for the rest of the week, so get all your work done today and enjoy the last of the summer. In the news this morning: 3,000 people marched in the Toronto portion of Sunday's global climate protest, Olivia Chow returns to her progressive roots, the PC leadership race is (kind of) off to a start, and the Word on the Street festival happened despite rain.
JFL42 launched this week. Is everybody laughing? If we don't laugh enough they'll sic the Just For Laughs Gags crew on the city, so everybody start enjoying yourselves. In the news today: John Tory takes a strong stand on Queers Against Israeli Apartheid, a U of T professor wins an international award, eat dinner to fix Toronto on October 7, and quit flushing so-called flushable wipes.
Last night voters in Scotland turned out in historic numbers and voted to stay in the U.K. But just because they didn't vote for independence, doesn't mean the story's over. There will likely be some major changes to the U.K. in the coming months and years. In more local news: Liberty Village residents are crowdfunding a new bus line, Toronto EMS will soon change its name, the Rob Ford musical opened last night, and if your pint of beer isn't 19.5 ounces, you can complain to your bartender for breaking the law.
Well, the stars are gone. Except for those few Canadian stars who hang around Toronto more or less year-round, but somehow their lustre just doesn't quite match the Brangelinas and the Kate Winslets who descend on the city in their designer gowns for a week at a time. In the (regular-people) news: a look at the man who will design the development replacing Honest Ed's, Andrea Horwath is fighting for her career, and the Fords weren't popular at a Sunday mayoral debate.
It's the last weekend of TIFF, so get downtown and check out those celebs. They only walk among us for so long. In the news: a museum devoted to Islamic art opens, income inequality in Canada is rising, and controversial author David Gilmour resumes teaching at U of T.
Prince William and Kate Middleton are expecting a second baby. Royalists, celeb-watchers, and lovers of pomp, rejoice! In the common people's news today: the provincial government plans to end homelessness (but won't say by when), Toronto Police are pretty good at supporting LGBT officers, and Justin Bieber has a court date.
It's TIFF time and we've all got celeb fever. Get downtown and snap some selfies with whomever you find; you never know, they might be famous someday soon. In the news this morning: Pearson Airport employees will speak to Metrolinx about the Union-Pearson transit fare, Ford has been subpoenaed to testify in a case against Sandro Lisi, the Star is trying to unseal documents about a wild night Ford had in April, and a local mogul proves that even while being charitable, rich people have more fun than the rest of us.
It's going to be a hot one today, maybe even record-breaking—if the temperature passes 32 C, it will be the warmest Sept. 5 on record—so stay hydrated (or, preferably, somewhere air-conditioned). In the news this morning: on transit Toronto struggles to keep up with the pack, Canada will see a flu vaccine shortage this fall, and the TDSB has been shut out of expected condo fees that would pay for a construction backlog.
Celebrate your day off by reading about the labour movement! Or is that not what most people consider a fun holiday? If that's not up your alley, take a look at the new streetcars or read about a local surgeon who may be on the cusp of revolutionizing the field.
Burger King and Tim Hortons may merge, passenger pigeons could come back from extinction, and some kindly old elephants are enjoying their retirement: the news today might have implications down the road, but for now, enjoy the sci-fi-ness of recreating an entirely extinct species.
It's going to be a cool day, so get out there and make the most of it. Grab tight to what's left of summer and try not to let go. In the news this morning: Warren Kinsella has deleted some campaign-related blog posts, Joe Pennachetti is stepping down as city manager, a condo developer seems to have disappeared with some money, and Captain John's may have found its final resting place.
It's Friday! What a day to be alive! Here's what's going on in our fair city: councillors are hoping Metrolinx will make the Union-Pearson Express fare affordable for residents, Maria Augimeri violated council's code of conduct, and motorcycle deaths keep adding up.
It's one of the last Mondays before school starts, kids, so enjoy summer while it lasts (by reading the news online, of course). This morning's news: teachers go back to the bargaining table with the province next month, Argos fans are upset with Jon Bon Jovi, Open Streets T.O.'s first pilot event took place yesterday, and the Iranian government is fighting a local court ruling.
In the news this morning (this cool, chilly morning): Sarah Thomson robocalls went out late last night, Bombardier employees occupied the Metrolinx office yesterday, a woman with tea-related burns was rebuffed by Tim Hortons, and the PATH sports a shiny new above-ground addition.
Yesterday, female giant panda and Toronto Zoo resident Er Shun celebrated her seventh birthday. Send cake (or bamboo?) to the Zoo. In the news today: don't park near a fire hydrant, a chalk memorial to trans people may be replaced by a more substantial one, and thousands protested the persecution of Christians in Iraq.