What a day, what a glorious day. In the news: the Pan Am Games are under budget on capital costs, the benefits and problems with P3s (and a handy definition), and the retirement of Canada's first female major-airline pilot.
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For Friday, think about the people around you: the precariously employed people making up half the city's workforce, the Serbian Orthodox Church leader asked to step down, and the teachers clashing with provincial government who may soon be legislated back to work.
A messy apartment building seemingly caused by an absentee landlord, Legal Aid Ontario funding wrongful conviction cases, and the mayor fully supports the Gardiner: what more do you need on Friday morning?
Get out to see the Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibit at the AGO if you haven't yet, because after Sunday it's gone. In the news: the challenges facing women released from jail, the importance of coordination between City officials and farmers' markets, and a baby born in Toronto via a new form of IVF.
It's been a big week in Canada: most recently, today marks former teenaged Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr's first full day of freedom in more than 12 years. Meanwhile in Ontario, teachers' strikes are heating up, a woman is charged with fraud for collecting donations to help her fight an illness she doesn't have, and Dean Blundell is once again enjoying airwave success.
Happy May Day, everyone. Today is also International Workers' Day and Basic Income Day, so celebrate whatever socially progressive proclivities you might have! In the news this morning: kids can keep their puffers with them in school, GM is dropping 1,000 jobs, and a rival for the Scarborough West seat throws his support behind Bill Blair.
What's the point after the Raptors lost so miserably last night? Dry your tears while you read about some current events: how drug treatment helped one woman, recently replaced police chief Bill Blair is already planning a political career, and the social security backlog is still "massive."
As expected, news of the next Toronto police chief reached the public this weekend, via a leak: Mark Saunders will replace Bill Blair and will be the city's first black police chief. Read about that news, along with some more: the troubles plaguing Toronto Community Housing, and a teachers' strike.
News you can use: a Canadian teacher convicted of child abuse in Indonesia criticizes the federal government's silence, a pillar in downtown Toronto may be more than it appears, and Bill Blair's last days as police chief are filled with conflict.
Prepare for an actual spring week this week—but read some news first: nearly 30 poultry farms are under quarantine, a look at the progress of the Places to Grow Act, and a map of Toronto-referencing poetry.