On Valentine's Day, 911 had to be called when nearly 100 teens stormed an AMC Theatre in Florida after being denied entry into a screening of 50 Shades of Grey. Yet a new low for humanity. In the news: broken water mains and freezing pipes all across Toronto, the City's relief funding for last year’s ice storm, and the top 10 collision-prone intersections.
Six Canadians are still in the running to join the Mars One project. If selected, they could get a one-way trip to Mars to try and establish the first off-planet colony of humans. This sounds pretty amazing, until you remember that MIT studied the project's feasibility and learned that the life expectancy could be as short as 68 days. In the news: major flooding at an apartment building near Yonge and Eglinton, longer rush-hour wait times as the new streetcars are put in service, and the (possible) end of Bay and Bloor's scramble crossing.
In the news this holiday morning: three paintings have been stolen from the University of Toronto, the community health workers who have been on strike for two weeks return to work Tuesday, and a family blames the Toronto police for failing to alert them to a relative's death.
In the news today: ongoing budget struggles in city council, Rob Ford is auctioning off a bunch of his "memorabilia," the community and home care workers' strike enters its third week, and a demonstration to remember the three Muslims killed in Chapel Hill this week.
The most relevant Toronto news is that Drake's mix tape came out last night. Put that on while you cue up this morning's news. Toronto has more than six million people, Sun News Network is no more, and John Tory has an idea for saving the city's budget.
Prepare for another Arctic front. Winter isn't over yet. In the news: the number of opiate-addicted infants in Toronto has hit a 20-year high, parents and business owners are upset about smelly but legal grow-ops, and campaign finances have been released for the 2014 elections.
In the news this fine Wednesday morning: Ryerson students call for more inclusive bathroom options, former Conservative MP Eve Adams gets criticized by Liberal MPPs, and John Tory met with developers to try and solve the affordable housing crisis.
A Scientology-inspired rehab facility is having trouble finding a foothold in Ontario towns. All is well in the world, for a moment. In the news: photographers need not worry in Toronto parks (although city policy might have them confused), the Toronto Catholic School Board might expropriate 30 townhouses, and the public school board disproportionately targets schools in poor neighbourhoods for closure.