It's a big day for Rob Ford news junkies, which is simultaneously the entire world and absolutely no one. In the news along with the mayor: automated passport kiosks at the airport, and talk of a local ID for non-status Toronto residents.
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December already! And Monday. Bad things are supposed to come in threes, so watch out, everyone. Seriously. In the news today: Rob Ford did some things but they weren't as bad as usual, groceries are nearly impossible to find in some parts of town, making rent is also near-impossible for minimum-wage workers, and an assumed victory for the arts may be delayed.
Lovely day out there, isn't it? (Or is it? Before noon on a weekend there's no good reason to leave the house.) Start it off right with some news: unlicensed daycares are still a thing, in many different forms; Toronto traffic deaths are at an eight-year high; Rob Ford uses inaccurate math to claim he's a fiscal wizard, and that math actually favours David Miller; and a woman was refused entry into the U.S. due to depression.
There's snow on the ground (sort of) and Americans are preparing to eat turkey and then fight over marked-down TVs. Modern society, what a wonder. In the news: Canada allowed the NSA to spy during 2010's G20 summit, "foot yoga" is a thing for ladies the inquest into three people's police shootings continues, and the world's first fancy KFC will open in Toronto. Yay?
It's election day for the lucky people of Toronto Centre and three other ridings. What could be more exciting than seeing democracy in action, especially for news geeks and fans of erstwhile punk bands? (Check out Brandon-Souris candidate Rolf Dinsdale's old punk band, because it is delightful.) Happy voting, Toronto Centre-rs. And for everyone, some news: the National Post's Terence Corcoran doesn't think income inequality exists in Toronto, it's raining glass downtown again, a Toronto sailor was forced out of a race across the Atlantic by a malfunctioning boat, and Bill Blair talks about street youth.
For those of us fixated on American news, de facto mayor Norm Kelly's name is making things complicated. "Was that a reference to Toronto deputy mayor Norm Kelly, or New York Police Department Commissioner and stop-and-frisk architect Ray Kelly?" Ugh, reading is so much work. Here's some more reading (this stuff is worth it): a Toronto lab may have had a breakthrough in a male infertility test; TTC fares will see a modest increase in the new year; despite rumours to the contrary, Toronto's borrowing costs are holding steady; and a census activist faces trial Friday.
It's Monday, y'all! That means there's a new episode of that one show, but not of the other ones, which will be on later in the week. But one thing we have every day is news, and that's the one thing no one can ever take away from us. Today: a rogue dentist (!) turns himself in to Toronto police; Rob Ford spent the weekend on the American news circuit; Rob Ford parked illegally (!!); and prison authorities entirely failed to inform an inmate's family he had been beaten and was on life support.
It's the freakin' weekend, baby, and we can't continue that sentence without paying hefty royalty fees to R. Kelly so continue on your own. For the rest of the day. Whether you want to or not. On to the news! Rob Ford unites city council (against him); Premier Kathleen Wynne wants Rob Ford to get help; the first police officer to face a hearing connected to the 2010 G20 is cleared of wrongful arrest charges; and inequality is threatening to dramatically change life in Toronto.
Still no snow, and halfway through November? Prairie transplants all over the city must be growing more uncomfortable by the day. In the news: a longtime breakfast program for homeless men may close soon; forget Rob Ford, because Bill Blair went on a fishing trip last year; proposed new rules for taxis; Bixi may be safe in Toronto; and, yes, Rob Ford.
Should one say "Happy Remembrance Day"? Probably not. But we're certainly thinking about the fact that it's Remembrance Day. Today: a local lawyer opposes the potential newest Supreme Court justice; hospital cuts in Scarborough and Durham spark protests; a former employee sues online dating site Ashley Madison; the city's Filipino community tries to help its homeland in the wake of a horrific typhoon; and there's another thing you need to do to be a good parent.
The admission we were all waiting for finally came, but it felt a little underwhelming, didn't it? Probably because the "I did it one time in a drunken stupor" defence seems rather flimsy by now. In the news: Rob Ford, of course; the Ford brothers and their enemies Bill Blair, the media, and city council; and calls for tougher distracted driving laws.
Monday again, people. Let's just do what we can to get through it together. In the news today: it's practically Christmas already; Rob Ford exists, so people are talking about him; pedestrians are in danger because of Daylight Savings Time; and Sammy Yatim would have been 19 this week.
Has anything happened this week that didn't involve Rob Ford and his (alleged) drug problem? Logic would tell us yes, but newspaper coverage would not. In the news: Rob Ford (duh), an inquest into the deaths of three mentally ill Torontonians gunned down by police, and elderly people love they deals.
It's Saturday and it's raining so who cares. In the news: there's a uranium plant near you (but it's safe); daycares galore in the east end, many of them unlicensed; and the National Post reported something to the TTC, and then reported on the follow-up.
It's Monday! No applause? No wild cheers? Fine, I'm going back to bed too. But first the news: the elephants made it to California all right; homelessness appears, shockingly, to be low on Mayor Ford's agenda; nobody wants a casino in their backyard; and the mayor says his radio show is all about reaching out to the public, man.
Does anyone else get the hook from R.E.M.'s "Everybody Hurts" stuck in their head when they're in physical pain? Just me? Now this headache is lonely as well as painful. In today's news: Toronto is almost the most reputable city in the world, according to reputation experts the Reputation Institute; the stock exchange closed high, which means SELL EVERYTHING YOU OWN; Feral Cat Awareness Week is happening, so be aware that there are adorable sad cats that you should never touch without a trained expert nearby; and Premier Wynne is concerned about how the Canada-EU trade deal will impact Ontario.
While we celebrate the colonization of this beautiful land and the appropriation of a wonderful holiday from our fellow colonizers to the south, here is some news to discuss with the family: robocalls from Rob Ford's office number, individualized cable channels, the gentrification of Queen Street, and an inquest into police-related deaths.
It's Monday, and it's raining to boot. Might as well call in sick: this week is already a wash. In the news today: two Canadians who were being imprisoned in Egypt have now been (mostly) freed, Nuit Blanche was also a night of stabbings, Linda McQuaig wants to tax the rich, and there's a therapy centre in Toronto that purports to heal gays.