It's the end of the year as we know it, and we feel fine. Here's some news for one of the last mornings of this long, long year: some people want men to close their legs while they take transit, renowned lawyer Edward Greenspan has died, and Porter made two unscheduled and smoke-related landings on Sunday.
Take a break from your families and read some news! Three local young Torontonians who might change the world (or at least the city), a judge avoids handing down a mandatory minimum sentence when the defendant's charter rights were violated, and a fire strikes two Italian restaurants in Yorkville.
Dear Christmas shopping lollygaggers: your time is almost up! Merry almost-Christmas! In the news: a Toronto restaurant owner fends off a robber, the Scarborough Subway needs a fourth station according to Glenn De Baeremaeker, two former York School educators make quality education more accessible to a group of underprivileged children in India, and a very special holiday message from Mayor John Tory.
The Toronto Maple Leafs made a ridiculously awkward holiday greeting card video to wish fans happy holidays. After presumably losing some sort of bet, Leafs players Joffrey Lupul, Jake Gardiner, and David Clarkson were recorded belting out their best version of “Jingle Bell Rock,” which may go down as one of the worst renditions ever sung. In the news: Toronto Hydro says it's learned from the ice storm of 2013, Ontario’s ombudsman threatens to launch an investigation into the Toronto South Detention Centre, and the TTC speeds up a review of bus and streetcar operator safety after the death of Amaria Diljohn.
Even as we finish buying presents and look forward to a few hard-earned days off, the world keeps turning and things keep happening. Many of those things are terrible and heartbreaking. In the news: 14-year-old Amaria Diljohn was struck and killed by a TTC bus, the overhaul of Nathan Phillips Square hits some (possibly permanent) snags, and a new program helps women gain their footing after leaving abusive relationships.