Lest we forget. In the news: Rob Ford will not attend today’s Remembrance Day ceremony at Old City Hall, a disabled man videotapes three hours of ridicule he endured while walking on Toronto streets, a petition to keep a controversial “dating coach” out of Canada gains ground, and the story of a Burlington resident who survived the Second World War by going into hiding for over two years.
Today marks the 35th anniversary of the "Mississauga Miracle," a train derailment that led to North America's second-largest evacuation. All under Hazel McCallion's watch during her first year in office. Not all the news is as exciting as that, but we try to make it interesting nonetheless: an organization bringing people to visit incarcerated loved ones needs financial help, Waterfront Toronto announces a new project, Homeless Connect Toronto reaches out to the city's most vulnerable, and a TTC bus crash killed one person and injured several others.
Did anyone else see tiny, dirt-speck-sized flecks of snow falling near the lake yesterday? Winter is coming. In the news this fine pre-winter morning: taking sexual assault allegations to the police is important and also often painful, the Toronto police union's contract is up Dec. 31, and the mother convicted of giving her son crack cocaine may have been convicted under specious circumstances.
On this day in 1893, women in Colorado gained the right to vote. That's certainly something to remember as we wind down from election fever (which, for enthusiasts of U.S. politics, was still going strong until this past Tuesday). Some more current news for the rest of you: a protest outside a meat-packing plant led to nine arrests, a doctor who confessed to sexually abusing patients is working at a new clinic, Bill Blair recommends a frozen police budget, and conflict-of-interest law might finally get an update.
A photographer in British Columbia hid in the bushes and snapped a photo of a grizzly bear inspecting a camera he had set up on a tripod. It's true what they say―nowadays everyone thinks they are a photographer, even bears. In the news: six pedestrians were hit by cars in less than 24 hours, Maria Augimeri thinks that cheap construction bids cause more trouble than good, the end of the Buffalo Bills home games in Toronto, and an online push for Doug Ford to enter the Ontario PC leadership race.
After purchasing the trip of a lifetime to take with his ex-girlfriend and then subsequently breaking up, a man is looking for a woman who has her exact name and to assume her plane ticket so that it won’t go to waste. Her name? Elizabeth Gallagher. So close, yet so far… In the news: the end of free parking for motorcycles and scooters approaches, more crowdfunded bus routes on the way, and a Tibetan culture week is accused of being a propaganda tool of the Chinese government.
Apparently Christian Bale has walked away from playing Steve Jobs in an upcoming biopic. Now we'll never know what Batman looks like in a black turtleneck. In the news: Tenants are left hanging after several raw sewage backups at a TCHC building, subway station Presto card machines are unaccessible for many people with disabilities, a nearly 150-year-old graveyard is unearthed, and a piece of Jewish Canadian history is discovered at a book sale.
It's a glorious November Monday and we've all had an extra hour of sleep, so let's dive right into the news, shall we? Public schools face marked differences in fundraising, private clinics are failing safety inspections at a disturbing rate, and traffic light synchronization is a beautiful but elusive dream.
Tomorrow night, Sunday night, will allow us all an extra hour of sleep as Daylight Savings Time starts. Pity the fools in Saskatchewan who might not have to adjust their clocks and lives, but who also forego the opportunity to sleep in an extra hour one night a year. In the news this morning: city transit will soon have blue seats designated for reservation, travel restrictions for people coming from three West African countries, some hospitals are refusing to disclose information on how patients were treated, and two updates to the still-unfolding Jian Ghomeshi story.