The long weekend is so close that you can almost smell the turkey, can’t you? In the news: A strike by WoodGreen leaves hundreds of parents without childcare, poorly maintained street sweepers are contributing to poor air quality in the city, and increased border screening to prevent the spread of Ebola is coming to Canadian airports.
Rain, rain, go to Spain. Never show your face again. Seriously though, after yesterday we’ve definitely had our fill. No more please. In the news: John Tory’s private meeting with Stephen Harper, Torontonians like the idea of recall elections, the Toronto Police Services Board wants to know what you think makes a good police chief, and Penrose Fish and Chips is closing.
It has been confirmed that Twin Peaks will return to Showtime in 2016 for a nine-episode run. Original writer Mark Frost will write all the episodes and co-creator David Lynch is set to direct. We can only hope that Kyle MacLachlan will reprise his role as Agent Cooper, if only so we can learn what Laura Palmer meant when she said she would see him again in 25 years. In the news: Doug Ford is gaining ground in the latest election poll, the clash between the TCHC and a Regent Park woman who refuses to leave her condemned apartment building continues, the Liberty Village Express makes a successful debut, and former Liberal MP Ruby Dhalla will not be making a political comeback.
Dr. Stephen Scherer of Sick Kids Hospital didn't win the Nobel Prize in medicine, announced today, but he's still accomplished more than most of us ever will. In the news: a new world poutine-eating champ was crowned Saturday, Doug Ford had to answer for some of Rob Ford's colourful language, the province's health minister wants more transparency, and the new TTC chief operating officer has a lot of big ideas.
Is everyone ready for some rainy public art? That's right, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche happens tonight! If you can stomach the crowds, it's a great way to pack a year's worth of modern art appreciation into one night. Here's some news before the excitement starts: the city's real estate market is as hot as ever, the Toronto patient tested for Ebola doesn't have it, three children are being tested for a different illness, and Olivia Chow comes out as a progressive (finally).
Morgan the Great Dane, the world's tallest female dog and an Ontario resident, has died at six years old. Happy Friday? In the news today, and it doesn't get much better: a patient in the city is being tested for Ebola, racism plagues Olivia Chow (and we're noticing because there's an election), illegal basement apartments abound in the city, sexual assaults are happening near Trinity Bellwoods, and the chair of the Toronto Police Services Board wants the force to become a leader in mental health.
Yesterday, a woman jumped into a moving parking patrol car and prevented it from entering oncoming traffic on Avenue Road after the patrol officer exiting the vehicle tripped and ended up having his foot run over by the car. Sure it might be one of the most confusing narrow-miss accidents ever, but it definitely has a Hollywood romantic comedy ring to it. Someone call Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan—we’ve got a mediocre movie to make! In the news: Doug Ford wants to slash the land transfer tax, the Cherry streetcar won’t be up and running until 2016, nearly half of Torontonians live paycheque to paycheque, and the TDSB will likely nix a partnership with the Confucius Institute.
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.