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.
Sometimes, you just have to get right to it. In the news: Parliament will sit today in the wake of the Ottawa shootings, Bill Blair says there is no credible threat of a similar attack in Toronto, Queen’s Park holds a moment of silence to honour the fallen soldier in Ottawa, Doug Ford shares his views on what needs to be done to keep the nation safe, and the identity of the killed soldier is confirmed to be Corporal Nathan Cirillo.
Apparently, a Niagara-on-the-Lake hotel has the greatest restroom in Canada. The porcelain thrones at Shaw Club Hotel and Spa are described as a convergence of “style and radiance.” Given that a public lavatory in Toronto that offers a convergence of functioning plumbing and tolerable odour is a pretty big coup, what would rate as our fine city’s top public potty? In the news: Malala Yousafzai will be made an honorary Canadian citizen, the TDSB has a $3-billion repair backlog, the El Mocambo sign goes up for auction, and Doug Ford meets Michael Dunbar Jr.
A surfer in Hawaii punched a tiger shark who came close to attacking his three sons while they were surfing together over the weekend. That is definitely worth a “#1 Dad” mug. In the news: questionable billboards in Ward 9, nearly half of Torontonians would be willing to pay higher user fees for better recreation services, more than 5,000 Pan Am Games security jobs for students, and fall road closures.
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.
Neil Patrick Harris will host the 2015 Academy Awards. An awards-show host veteran, he has already hosted the Tony Awards and the Primetime Emmys. Is there such a thing as an EGOT for awards-show hosts? In the news: Olivia Chow questions whether or not Union Station can accommodate SmartTrack, John Tory’s lead widens in the latest poll, a record-high turnout on the first day of advance polls might be good news for John Tory.