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.
Welcome to the 288th day of 2014. There are officially 12 days left until the municipal elections. And one day until tomorrow’s Newsstand. Since Torontoist has yet to invest in a time machine, let’s just see what is in the news today: Breaking the rules at an advanced polling station in Ward 20, Olivia Chow’s first television ad, Doug Ford’s endorsement from John Tory, Doug Holyday’s non-endorsement of Doug Ford and John Tory, and Robyn Doolittle’s Reddit AMA.
Thanksgiving is officially over, so let's now look ahead to Halloween. What will you dress up as? Or do you scoff at the idea of dressing up? If so, humbug to you, Halloween Scrooge! In the news: A Canadian-made Ebola vaccine goes into human trials, Lisa Raitt endorses John Tory for mayor, and today’s poorly constructed condominiums are tomorrow’s urban slum.
This news may well be old by the time everyone wakes up from their post-turkey slumber, but let's take a gander anyway: racist vandalism in Ward 2, Jim Flaherty's successor will be chosen by a November 17 by-election, and a superior officer has harassed an underling at the York Regional Police.
It's Thanksgiving, a time when we celebrate the long weekend with friends and family and, maybe, reflect on the colonization of this country that led to this holiday. Before you get into that heady stuff, here's some local news: former mayor Art Eggleton thinks mayoral campaigns should be shorter, a little-known candidate took the stage at Friday's mayoral debate, and the Ontario Transportation Ministry will no longer conduct road safety blitzes with the Canadian Border Services Agency.
Malala Yousafzai, a 17-year-old who fights for girls' right to education in Pakistan, won the Nobel Peace Prize today. How many 17-year-olds do you know who are even aware of the Nobel Peace Prize? Congratulations, Malala. In the local news: a Hungarian man attempting to visit his long-distance girlfriend was refused entry to Canada, John Tory has an ambitious housing plan, and Tory and Olivia Chow battle for endorsements.