It’s hard to imagine now, but once there was a time when Toronto’s daily newspapers didn’t provide front-page coverage of Pokémon. But this column is now documenting a third straight week of Pokémon-related reportage, even on this historic week where a woman is about to be nominated by a major American political party as its presidential candidate. Is keeping the focus on Pokémon Fever in these momentous times still enough to take one of Toronto’s papers to Front Page Challenge glory?
Pokémon Go was officially released in Canada on Sunday, and the streets of Toronto are alive with Pokémon hunters wandering through the city staring into their phones. This phenomenon has not gone unnoticed by Toronto’s daily newspapers, but with other major stories—such as the Russian sports system doping scandal and the appointment of Donald Trump as the Republican Presidential nominee—this is a big day for news, and this week in Front Page Challenge, all five of our regular combatants are in it to win it.
Today’s Front Page Challenge could never have foreseen the return of Pokémon as Page One material, yet here we are. Elsewhere in the news, a new U.K. prime minister swiftly ascends to the position, and the TTC finally cracks down on fare-cheating riders. But which of the city’s papers will our judges “Pick and Choose” as this week’s champion?
Children and Youth Services Minister Michael Coteau, an MPP who is not a city councillor at all, is still urging Toronto city hall to lift the ban on road hockey, and other games played in the street. Coteau’s reasons include the obvious, exercise and fun, as well as the abstract, like building relationships, and learning social boundaries. As it stands, the only group that seems to be against lifting the ban are the notoriously anti-fun lawyers. The issue has come up before, but council decided that since this ban is rarely enforced, there’s no reason to amend it.
Every other year Toronto Fashion Week rolls along and collectively Torontonians say, “meh, maybe next time.” Well, all that apathy has a cost: Toronto Fashion Week is no more. Organizers say the plug was pulled due to a lack of local support. So shame on all us schlubs who prefer Netflix to Fashion Week.