As of January 24, 56 people have died of the flu in Toronto alone. If you have a weak immune system, stay away from... people. All of them. Just to be safe. In the news: someone has successfully scaled a frozen portion of Niagara Falls, community and home health-care workers are on strike, and 22 more GO stations will have Wi-Fi on Monday.
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January is often considered the most depressing month of the year, and we're almost out. Pat yourself on the back. In the news: Toronto is the best city to live in, domestic violence services have a long way to go, and 20 per cent of TDSB schools are at risk of closure.
It's Monday and it's cold, but doesn't the week feel like it has potential? Keep your chin up and hope for the best. In the news: don't leave your fishing gear for birds to eat, St. Lawrence Market cart vendors are being displaced this spring, Uniqlo is coming to Toronto, and the city begins its search for the next police chief.
Get out there and enjoy the weekend! But before you do here's some news: the TTC has released a new customer charter, Uber alleges more than two dozen Toronto taxi drivers failed to meet the company's standards, and a former Toronto inmate has lodged a human rights complaint.
As January draws to a close, we have two things to grit our teeth and hold on to until the spring comes: budgets and awards shows. If you happen to like politics and celebrity, this is your time of year. In the news: median incomes in Ontario—and especially Toronto—are falling, Sundance is seeing an influx of Canadian films, John Tory might have trouble passing his first budget, and a science demonstration gone awry leads to four people with injuries.
Target is dead! Long live Walmart. (French monarchic references should probably be avoided on a Monday morning, but too late for that now.) In the news today: Canada's immigration laws might be hurting people with or at risk of contracting HIV, Stollerys is being demolished, and Target is leaving Canada and its Canadian employees in the lurch.
January is more than half over! It's a brave new 2015 world and we're almost past the worst month of it. In the news: the TDSB has some hard work to do, the Liberty Village shuttle project is finished, and the many uses of Section 37 funds.
As usual, this week's announcement of the Academy Awards nominations left plenty for everyone to be upset about. Seriously, though: did the Academy even watch Selma? In more local news, Leslie Roberts has resigned from Global, Barrie police arrested a man who asked for a ride while in possession of cocaine, emergency shelter rooms are being made available at motels, and the hearing continues for the highest-ranking police officer charged in relation to 2010's G20 protests.
Did your picks win last night at the Golden Globes? Or do you not watch shameless parades of wealth and celebrity? If you don't, this news might be more up your alley: the Eglinton Crosstown LRT is already impacting real estate, Toronto actor Stephan James discusses his role in Selma, and Canadian resident Khaled Al-Qazzaz has been released from Egyptian prison.
Is it still cold out? Let's just stay inside until Monday morning and then check. In the news: John Tory laments the poor treatment of the mentally ill, Bill Cosby performed in Hamilton last night, and microfibers are the new microbeads—and that's not good.
On Wednesday, Bill Cosby drew a standing ovation from the crowd that had paid nearly $100 to see him in London. He'll perform again tonight in Hamilton. In the news: Global TV's Leslie Roberts is suspended indefinitely, consent will soon be a part of Ontario sex ed, and Jian Ghomeshi faced three new charges today.
On this day in 1895, French captain Alfred Dreyfus was stripped of his rank after being convicted of treason. The Dreyfus Affair was a sad chapter in French history and almost tore the Third Republic apart. In today's (2015) news: a ticketing and towing blitz begins to enforce a no-tolerance rule on illegal parking, the implementation of a province-wide computer system in Children's Aid Societies may take years longer than expected, a model says her face was used to advertise skin-lightening procedures without her consent, and the Pan Am velodrome hosts its first test event.
Happy birthday, deceased pianist and comedian Victor Borge! We miss you. In the news today: residents take a Scarborough housing co-op to the Human Rights Tribunal, the victim of Wednesday's police shooting is identified, city wards may soon change, and the homicide rate in 2014 was identical to that of 2013.
It's the new year! And since most of us were either tired or, ahem, feeling unwell yesterday, let's just pretend today's the first day. What a great year so far. In the news: a roundup of the top 10 stories from Toronto last year, a father delivers his own daughter, and a local infectious disease doctor has been helping fight Ebola in Liberia.
It's the end of the year as we know it, and we feel fine. Here's some news for one of the last mornings of this long, long year: some people want men to close their legs while they take transit, renowned lawyer Edward Greenspan has died, and Porter made two unscheduled and smoke-related landings on Sunday.
Take a break from your families and read some news! Three local young Torontonians who might change the world (or at least the city), a judge avoids handing down a mandatory minimum sentence when the defendant's charter rights were violated, and a fire strikes two Italian restaurants in Yorkville.
Even as we finish buying presents and look forward to a few hard-earned days off, the world keeps turning and things keep happening. Many of those things are terrible and heartbreaking. In the news: 14-year-old Amaria Diljohn was struck and killed by a TTC bus, the overhaul of Nathan Phillips Square hits some (possibly permanent) snags, and a new program helps women gain their footing after leaving abusive relationships.
The Raptors have unveiled a new logo and colour scheme, to be paired with a new uniform next season. Expect big things from them (if only because every other team in this town will let you down without fail). In the news this second-last Saturday of 2014: the top baby names of the year were kind of predictable, residents react to changes at Alexandra Park, and Christmas trees placed downtown to protest the treatment of homeless people find homes.