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.
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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.
Beware the Santabomb, 2014's answer to Snowmageddon. Buy your supplies now. In the news: a U of T graduate finds an innovative way to get her name out, Tory says no to new taxes, and police shoot a man at Agincourt Mall.
The Raptors beat the Knicks, and even the Leafs succeeded. It was truly a remarkable weekend for Toronto sports teams. In the news this morning: an outsider is coming to review police practices, farm workers get a health clinic tailored to their needs, and doctors at St. Michael's seek to combat health problems by looking at income.
Thank God the snow has melted. In the news today: Toronto isn't spending its community grants where it should, it's now legal in Ontario to buy milk in three-litre increments, and Queens Quay construction is far over budget.
Stephen Harper hasn't met with Kathleen Wynne in over a year, and yet he found time to meet with Mayor John Tory less than two weeks after Tory took office. How about that. Some more morning news: Corrections Canada rejects the cornerstone recommendation from the Ashley Smith inquest, Ontario doctors have some new rules to follow, John Tory meets the prime minister, and racial disparity in foster care creates waves.
On this day 34 years ago, John Lennon was murdered by Mark David Chapman. Expect the Beatles fans in your life to be moodier than usual. Here are some more current events: Kathleen Wynne takes on the new prostitution bill, the King streetcar might be getting a commute-friendly change, and U of T's business school has a gender problem.
The Raptors commemorated Nelson Mandela last night on the anniversary of the South African anti-apartheid leader's death. That's just a touching thing from a great basketball team. In the news: the Toronto Star has placed politicians in each of the eight political ideologies common in Toronto, a local lawyer walked the border of Toronto, and NOW Magazine won't stop selling sex ads.
Burger King's takeover of Tim Hortons has been approved by the federal government. Prepare for a chorus of anti-authoritarian teens saying, "It's a metaphor for America taking over Canada, man." In the news: Drake is opening a store tomorrow, Second Cup begins rebranding itself, airport employees aren't happy with the Union Pearson Express, and hotel workers protest fewer work hours.
It may be December, but you wouldn't know it from the weather. If the cold rain we're expecting this week starts to get you down, take a look at what our Prairie companions are dealing with, and rejoice. In the news today: John Tory is the new mayor, software problems result in benefits being overpaid (and the government knew about the problems beforehand), full-day kindergarten gets pushback from teachers, and Andy Byford is going to cut TTC delays in half...within five years.
If you hate winter (as all right-thinking people do), soak up these last few hours of pre-December time. Soak them up well! In the news today: Acrimony in the Toronto District School Board, the Toronto Star has a new political survey, John Tory steps down from boards and back from a debate, and the CBC investigates itself (and does so superbly).
Darwin the Ikea monkey is now nearly triple the weight he was in the heady days of his brush with fame, and the sanctuary housing him is looking for donations to find a larger home for him and his compatriots. In the news: John Tory talks transit, the Hells Angels lose their former clubhouse, and a rogue retirement home continues to run without a licence.
Don't forget to cheer on the Raptors tonight as they play the Phoenix Suns. #WeTheNorth, right, everyone? We can't leave Drake out there alone. The news this morning: the zoo's revenue is down, a man wants prosthetic legs but can't get them, the TPS website goes down after a DDoS attack, and don't trust something as important as your wedding to a stranger from the internet.
The weather's not bad! Get out there and enjoy a crisp fall-winter day today, but not until after you read the news: A man acquitted of murder is suing the Peel police, Peel city councils need more diversity, and the Pan Am Games mascot has cost Toronto a lot of money.
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.
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.