With the snowfall last night that stuck around after it finished, it's clear: we're in it now. Winter has come. There's nothing for it but to curl up inside with a warm blanket and the news, and wait for spring. Here are today's highlights to get your hibernation started: a closer look at the Toronto Police Service budget recommendations, a senior Toronto police officer's G20 hearing begins, and Conrad Black is selling (part of) his enormous estate.
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The news this morning: a drunk cop earns an impaired driving conviction after crashing his car and flashing his badge to bystanders; John Tory is taking up the fight against child poverty; and a Toronto woman is granted funding for treating a life-threatening illness.
Last week Interstellar opened and next week the second-last Hunger Games movie will open, so this week just enjoy your family and friends. And the news, of course: police are upset with a report on their carding practices, TTC chair Maria Augimeri would like to see the provincial government provide operational subsidies for the TTC, Premier Kathleen Wynne's government has strong words for the Beer Store, and Doug Ford is more popular than the PCs in Toronto.
Today marks the 35th anniversary of the "Mississauga Miracle," a train derailment that led to North America's second-largest evacuation. All under Hazel McCallion's watch during her first year in office. Not all the news is as exciting as that, but we try to make it interesting nonetheless: an organization bringing people to visit incarcerated loved ones needs financial help, Waterfront Toronto announces a new project, Homeless Connect Toronto reaches out to the city's most vulnerable, and a TTC bus crash killed one person and injured several others.
Did anyone else see tiny, dirt-speck-sized flecks of snow falling near the lake yesterday? Winter is coming. In the news this fine pre-winter morning: taking sexual assault allegations to the police is important and also often painful, the Toronto police union's contract is up Dec. 31, and the mother convicted of giving her son crack cocaine may have been convicted under specious circumstances.
On this day in 1893, women in Colorado gained the right to vote. That's certainly something to remember as we wind down from election fever (which, for enthusiasts of U.S. politics, was still going strong until this past Tuesday). Some more current news for the rest of you: a protest outside a meat-packing plant led to nine arrests, a doctor who confessed to sexually abusing patients is working at a new clinic, Bill Blair recommends a frozen police budget, and conflict-of-interest law might finally get an update.
It's a glorious November Monday and we've all had an extra hour of sleep, so let's dive right into the news, shall we? Public schools face marked differences in fundraising, private clinics are failing safety inspections at a disturbing rate, and traffic light synchronization is a beautiful but elusive dream.
Tomorrow night, Sunday night, will allow us all an extra hour of sleep as Daylight Savings Time starts. Pity the fools in Saskatchewan who might not have to adjust their clocks and lives, but who also forego the opportunity to sleep in an extra hour one night a year. In the news this morning: city transit will soon have blue seats designated for reservation, travel restrictions for people coming from three West African countries, some hospitals are refusing to disclose information on how patients were treated, and two updates to the still-unfolding Jian Ghomeshi story.
Happy Halloween, everyone! Don a costume today if only to pretend for an evening that the past week hasn't happened. We certainly will. Before you do that, though, read some news! Rob Ford's tumour hasn't shrunk (but it also hasn't grown), the TDSB will see plenty of new faces, Ontario's proposed worker protection legislation leaves temporary workers behind, and an inside look at Jian Ghomeshi's firing from the CBC.
Finally, the day of reckoning has arrived. Our patience has been rewarded, and by this time tomorrow we will have a new mayor, new city council, and nearly four merciful years without municipal campaigning. That alone is a victory. In the news today: CBC has fired Jian Ghomeshi and he claims it's because of his sexual predilections, Doug Ford discloses his donations, and CityNews called the election (last night) for John Tory.
Election, election, election. It's happening Monday and it's probably all you'll hear about until it's over. (You may well hear about it for a while after, but let's pretend while we can that Monday will be the end.) In the news: Cycle Toronto has a plan for the city's biking future, a supporter of Brampton mayor Susan Fennell threw coffee at a reporter, and what the school board elections are all about.
Happy birthday, Drake! Yes, the holiday that will (hopefully) one day surpass Christmas in Canada has arrived: our own Aubrey Graham is one year older. It hardly seems worthwhile, but there's also other news to look at today: Doug Ford denies calling a reporter a bitch, parents in East York protest the conditions of their kids' school, and there's no armed security in Queen's Park.
On this day in 1818, the U.S. and U.K. concluded a meeting wherein the U.S.-Canada border was agreed upon. Let us never forget. In more recent news, Lisa MacLeod is running for the leadership of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives, illegal rooming houses are a booming business in Toronto suburbs, and strategic voting starts to look appealing to some voters.
Use your Saturday to head out and grab some of the last fleeting hours of sun and warmth before the cruel winter sets in, but read some news first: a longtime flag vendor at Yonge-Dundas Square has had his licence revoked, Olivia Chow will release the names of her campaign donors, and both Doug Ford and John Tory promise to fix public housing (without promising any money for the effort).
It's almost over. The campaign, that is, but also the week. Let's rejoice in both by reading some news: Last night one of the final major mayoral debates took place, heavy rain led to local flooding and TTC closures, electricity prices will go up soon, and two hospital staff looked at Rob Ford's health records without permission.
This news may well be old by the time everyone wakes up from their post-turkey slumber, but let's take a gander anyway: racist vandalism in Ward 2, Jim Flaherty's successor will be chosen by a November 17 by-election, and a superior officer has harassed an underling at the York Regional Police.
It's Thanksgiving, a time when we celebrate the long weekend with friends and family and, maybe, reflect on the colonization of this country that led to this holiday. Before you get into that heady stuff, here's some local news: former mayor Art Eggleton thinks mayoral campaigns should be shorter, a little-known candidate took the stage at Friday's mayoral debate, and the Ontario Transportation Ministry will no longer conduct road safety blitzes with the Canadian Border Services Agency.
Malala Yousafzai, a 17-year-old who fights for girls' right to education in Pakistan, won the Nobel Peace Prize today. How many 17-year-olds do you know who are even aware of the Nobel Peace Prize? Congratulations, Malala. In the local news: a Hungarian man attempting to visit his long-distance girlfriend was refused entry to Canada, John Tory has an ambitious housing plan, and Tory and Olivia Chow battle for endorsements.