The world’s oldest clown has died. Floyd "Creeky" Creekmore, was 98 years old. Even if you are deathly afraid of clowns, that is still sad to hear, isn’t it? In the news: Olivia Chow promises 3,000 more childcare spaces, Doug Ford and John Tory continue to sling mud at one another, security costs for the Pan Am Games could keep ballooning, a fatal streetcar collision, and two Sunrise Records locations are closing.
It is the last day of September, meaning Christmas music is coming to a mall PA system near you sooner than anyone wants. Because nothing says “Happy Halloween!” like a hearty chorus of “Jingle Bells.” In the news: Meet Doug Ford, art collector; a University of Toronto think tank believes transit should be a top concern for mayoral candidates; municipal election campaigns heat up; and more construction is coming to a road near you.
Monday, bloody Monday. Let's get into the news of the day so we can all get some coffee: some things mayoral candidates should be talking more about, a lawyer is taking on developers, strategic voters inexplicably run from Olivia Chow to John Tory, and three outbreaks of Hepatitis C were kept quiet in the last three years.
A Canadian man was allegedly caught at the Detroit-Windsor border trying to re-enter Canada with 51 live turtles strapped to his legs. We could spend hours on a witty headline, but we'll move things along and settle on, “Is that 51 turtles in your pants, or are you just happy to see me?” In the news: Rob Ford will attend Ford Fest, Toronto police take to Twitter to defend use of force, and GO Transit has no idea what dangerous materials are travelling along Metrolinx-owned railway corridors.
It's been days—days!—since anyone was escorted out of a mayoral debate or yelled a racial slur at a prominent local politician on TV. What a quiet week, right? Here's some news to get you to the weekend: James Forcillo will face both second-degree and attempted murder charges in Sammy Yatim’s death, area hospitals are connecting a mini baby boom with last year’s ice storm, and you should never trust a man in a bright green shirt on the Pape bus.
The return of Thursday. Not at all like the return of the Jedi. Nor like the return of the mack. There is your obscure '90s pop culture reference for the day! In the news: Doug Ford wants people to school John Tory in the ways of the working world, Doug Ford also distances himself from racist comments made by a campaign supporter, John Tory will not attend debates if Doug Ford won't be there, and drive-thru groceries in Richmond Hill.
Now that fall has officially arrived, so has cold and flu season. Raise your hand if breathing clearly is a distant memory, and a lingering cough is your new BFF right now! In the news: more money from the province for the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, the TTC also could use some more money from the province to make subway stations fully accessible, a study shows that Torontonians really want to live in walkable neighbourhoods, and Elizabeth Dowdeswell is sworn in as lieutenant-governor.
According to Moody's Analytics, return of NHL hockey will noticeably boost to the Canadian economy due to job creation and spending stimulated by our nation’s pastime. Next time someone nags you about watching too much Coach's Corner, swiftly tell them that hockey helped contribute $4.5 billion to the Canadian economy last year—you’re just doing your part to keep the country thriving. In the news: local lawmakers ponder the legality of UberX, police will pilot test body cameras, Damian Abraham of Fucked Up will moderate a mayoral debate, and a Toronto mother claims a niqab-wearing school bus driver is a safety risk.