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Extra, Extra: Donating to Evolution, Election Signs, and Doug Ford Spoofs

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss.



Newsstand: October 1, 2014

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.

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Keep reading: Newsstand: October 1, 2014


Extra, Extra: Subway Shutdowns, No More Ford Square, and Growing Old

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss.

  • Metrolinx is constructing a new Dundas West GO station. Last week, a beam hailing from that construction site pierced through the ceiling of the subway tunnel below. After sand and silt began making their way into the tunnel via the Metrolinx-supplied hole, the TTC was forced to shut down subway service on a portion of the Bloor-Danforth line for about seven hours. This is not the kind of inter-organizational cooperation commuters get tremendously excited about.
  • Keep reading: Extra, Extra: Subway Shutdowns, No More Ford Square, and Growing Old



Subway Service Suspended on Portion of Bloor-Danforth Line

Track-related issues at Dundas West Station mean no trains are running between Ossington and Keele stations.

Photo by Jamaal, from the Torontoist Flickr pool.

Subway service between Keele and St. George stations was halted at 8 a.m. this morning due to track issues at Dundas West Station. “The tracks are being blocked,” tweeted TTC Customer Service, “and for safety reasons we have to wait until area cleared.” A later message indicates the subway shutdown is now affecting service between Keele and Ossington stations.

Originally, the TTC announced service would resume by noon, but it is no longer offering a predicted time: “Please disregard the expected completion time for the delay at Dundas West Station. There is currently no expected clearing time.”

The situation is creating both subway and surface route delays: the shuttle buses pressed into service to run between the stations affected have had to be pulled off regular routes.



Newsstand: September 30, 2014

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.

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Keep reading: Newsstand: September 30, 2014


Weekend Newsstand: September 27, 2014

A Canadian man was allegedly caught at the Detroit-Windsor border trying to re-enter Canada with 51 live turtles strapped to his legs. We could spend hours on a witty headline, but we'll move things along and settle on, “Is that 51 turtles in your pants, or are you just happy to see me?” In the news: Rob Ford will attend Ford Fest, Toronto police take to Twitter to defend use of force, and GO Transit has no idea what dangerous materials are travelling along Metrolinx-owned railway corridors.


Newsstand: September 26, 2014

It's been days—days!—since anyone was escorted out of a mayoral debate or yelled a racial slur at a prominent local politician on TV. What a quiet week, right? Here's some news to get you to the weekend: James Forcillo will face both second-degree and attempted murder charges in Sammy Yatim’s death, area hospitals are connecting a mini baby boom with last year’s ice storm, and you should never trust a man in a bright green shirt on the Pape bus.


Newsstand: September 25, 2014

The return of Thursday. Not at all like the return of the Jedi. Nor like the return of the mack. There is your obscure '90s pop culture reference for the day! In the news: Doug Ford wants people to school John Tory in the ways of the working world, Doug Ford also distances himself from racist comments made by a campaign supporter, John Tory will not attend debates if Doug Ford won't be there, and drive-thru groceries in Richmond Hill.


Newsstand: September 24, 2014

Now that fall has officially arrived, so has cold and flu season. Raise your hand if breathing clearly is a distant memory, and a lingering cough is your new BFF right now! In the news: more money from the province for the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, the TTC also could use some more money from the province to make subway stations fully accessible, a study shows that Torontonians really want to live in walkable neighbourhoods, and Elizabeth Dowdeswell is sworn in as lieutenant-governor.


Newsstand: September 23, 2014

According to Moody's Analytics, return of NHL hockey will noticeably boost to the Canadian economy due to job creation and spending stimulated by our nation’s pastime. Next time someone nags you about watching too much Coach's Corner, swiftly tell them that hockey helped contribute $4.5 billion to the Canadian economy last year—you’re just doing your part to keep the country thriving. In the news: local lawmakers ponder the legality of UberX, police will pilot test body cameras, Damian Abraham of Fucked Up will moderate a mayoral debate, and a Toronto mother claims a niqab-wearing school bus driver is a safety risk.


Newsstand: September 22, 2014

After we get through today, the weather promises to be warm for the rest of the week, so get all your work done today and enjoy the last of the summer. In the news this morning: 3,000 people marched in the Toronto portion of Sunday's global climate protest, Olivia Chow returns to her progressive roots, the PC leadership race is (kind of) off to a start, and the Word on the Street festival happened despite rain.


Weekend Newsstand: September 20, 2014

JFL42 launched this week. Is everybody laughing? If we don't laugh enough they'll sic the Just For Laughs Gags crew on the city, so everybody start enjoying yourselves. In the news today: John Tory takes a strong stand on Queers Against Israeli Apartheid, a U of T professor wins an international award, eat dinner to fix Toronto on October 7, and quit flushing so-called flushable wipes.