What a difference a few days make. Since the last edition of Front Page Challenge, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, a stunning turn of events leading to the resignation of the prime minister, revolt within the Conservative and Labour parties, the collapse of the pound, skyrocketing racial tensions in the U.K., Britain’s AAA credit rating dropping down two levels, and the British empire becoming a laughing stock. It culminated metaphorically in their football team’s defeat in the Euro quarterfinals to…Iceland?
Which of Toronto’s papers is all over this developing story, and which one has its fingers in its ears saying, “Lalalala this isn’t happening I can’t hear you”?
Sunday marked the 40th birthday of the CN Tower. For four decades, the structure has stood proud as one of the tallest buildings in history, and has constantly annoyed photographers and foreign film-makers who try to disguise Toronto as New York City. But it also works as a radio tower and a cellphone tower—so, rather being a functionless building that we begrudgingly accept, it is a functional structure we begrudgingly accept.
The TORONTO sign has stayed off the chopping block—at least until the fall. It’s been a rough few weeks for the popular backdrop of countless selfies after City Council figured out they’d actually had to pay to maintain it. Yesterday, the City’s economic development committee voted to have City staff take another look at the request for the $150,000 it will take to maintain the sign and “fine-tune” it by October 24. While the big sign is safe until then, the idea of a miniature Toronto sign rolling around the City to special events was killed yesterday. May the small sign rest in peace.
While the Toronto Maple Leafs lose to just about everybody, they’re hoping to beat Snoop Dogg. Snoop recent created a logo for his “Leafs by Snoop” cannabis line, but Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment filed an opposition to the trademark, claiming it looks too much like their new throwback logo. While trademark law is typically very boring, presumably many journalists heads exploded with the possibilities for stupid puns in this story.
It may feel like the Gardiner has been under construction since 1955, but today that came to an end—and ahead of schedule. As of this morning, all lanes were open on the Gardiner, four months and four days ahead of the official schedule, but it’s not all good news. The expedited process did cost the City $3.4 million, which is a relatively small price to pay for getting the work done that quickly. Finally, drivers will only have the commute to curse on their way to work.