It's one of the last Mondays before school starts, kids, so enjoy summer while it lasts (by reading the news online, of course). This morning's news: teachers go back to the bargaining table with the province next month, Argos fans are upset with Jon Bon Jovi, Open Streets T.O.'s first pilot event took place yesterday, and the Iranian government is fighting a local court ruling.
Vulcan, Alberta hopes to raise $2 billion to make a working spacecraft. Is there a more fitting cause for Kickstarter? We think not. In the news: CUPE takes issue with Rob Ford's bomb threat handling, bike impounding in front of a Hudson's Bay shop will cease, undocumented immigrants say they were targeted by a recent vehicle safety blitz, and the late Steve McQueen's Ferrari goes up for auction.
In the news this morning (this cool, chilly morning): Sarah Thomson robocalls went out late last night, Bombardier employees occupied the Metrolinx office yesterday, a woman with tea-related burns was rebuffed by Tim Hortons, and the PATH sports a shiny new above-ground addition.
Just in case you were wondering, there are 38 days left in summer. In the news: Joe Pennachetti says that Toronto has never been on the edge of a fiscal cliff, University Avenue might be ceremonially renamed to honour Nelson Mandela, a mattress fire at the old Jilly's building, and a Toronto-bound plane makes an emergency landing in Ottawa.
Rare panda triplets were recently born in China, and the first photos of them just became available yesterday. Man, are they ever ugly babies! Seriously, they are not cute. In the news: Baldwin Street is left in tatters due to the construction at Dundas and Spadina, Wi-Fi is coming to more subway stations, Toronto’s Chilean community may finally get a street named after Salvador Allende, and a Toronto woman challenges the federal government over a new U.S. banking law.
O CAPTAIN! My Captain! Our fearful trip is done. Robin Williams, you will be missed. In the news: No bombs at City Hall, a possible ban on e-cigarettes, the CNE improves food safety regulations, and the Shangri-La prohibits balcony use due to falling glass.
Yesterday, female giant panda and Toronto Zoo resident Er Shun celebrated her seventh birthday. Send cake (or bamboo?) to the Zoo. In the news today: don't park near a fire hydrant, a chalk memorial to trans people may be replaced by a more substantial one, and thousands protested the persecution of Christians in Iraq.
The Democratic People's Republic of Korea is currently leading in the women's under-20 FIFA World Cup, with two wins and no losses. If you like watching communist people's republics succeed at sports, best start watching those under-20 women's matches. In the news this morning: Milos Raonic has been eliminated from the Rogers Cup, Salma Abuzaiter has been brought from Gaza to her mother and brothers at home in Brantford, and urban tree cover is trickier to maintain than it might seem.
Milos Raonic is the last Canadian remaining in the Rogers Cup, so figure out how the scoring in tennis works and then support him. In the news this morning: the TTC wants to implement all-doors boarding, anti-immigration flyers show up again in Brampton, Rob Ford approves of evicting the operators of the City Hall cafeteria, and the Adelaide bike lane is a mess.