It's going to be a blustery, rainy weekend, so settle in and catch up on the news. A squirrel is pretending to run for mayor, MPPs living close to the city are claiming Toronto accommodation allowance to avoid commuting, and a 16-year-old attempts to swim across Lake Erie.
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According to an Algerian news agency, air navigation services lost track of a Swiftair plane—Flight AH5017—50 minutes after takeoff in Burkina Faso en route to Algiers, early this morning, with 116 people aboard the flight. In less-startling news: phone numbers in the 416 area code are worth a pretty penny, online and phone voting in the upcoming municipal election is cancelled for disabled citizens, the City has a new transportation centre, and mayoral candidates talk pedestrian safety.
A spokesman for the the provincial liquor control agency says Ford Fest was denied a booze permit because the event was deemed not “municipally significant.” So many jokes, so little time. In the news: The police services board and Michael Thompson avoid public court battle, Carol Wilding exits the Toronto Region Board of Trade, dooring incidents are highest on College Street, and a TTC bus narrowly misses hitting a pedestrian in Scarborough.
Happy birthday, Prince George. Here's to another year of bashing other kids on the head at playgroup as the most popular member of the Royal family. In the news: a company challenges the City’s private parking ban, Scarborough residents unite against a TTC bus garage, the Toronto Time Bank offers helping hands, and the Canada Revenue Agency targets PEN Canada.
The weekend was jam-packed with news from all over the world. Here's some local flavour. The provincial government wants to increase the aviation fuel tax, a factory in the Junction Triangle is upsetting residents, and the provincial Liberals are playing hardball with a First Nations community.
Apparently Jon Bon Jovi is part of a Toronto group that has expressed interest in buying the Buffalo Bills. Because nothing says “Toronto!” like Bon Jovi and the NFL. In the news: A 24-year-old Ajax man was among the passengers of downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, David Soknacki wants to make early-morning commuting free, a crackdown on leash-free dog walking, and a new Ford enters politics.
It's been a long, eventful week. Why not relax with some local news? Drake pitches a new nickname for Toronto on his new album, John Tory wades into the debate over renewing police Chief Bill Blair's contract, and a not-for-profit daycare in North York may be forced to close.
The Honda Indy takes place this weekend. Expensive, silly-looking cars going around in circles for a long time. Fun. In the news: a Canada Post employee gives an earful of expletives to a cyclist, new guidelines for Ontario police forces regarding what info can and cannot be included on a background check, and the provincial opposition parties are worried that public agencies like the LCBO will be put up for sale.
Municipal debates—so hot right now. In the news: the first mayoral debate since Rob Ford's return from rehab, Joe Cressy considers running for Adam Vaughan’s old council seat, and former mayor Barbara Hall gets a park named after her.
An elderly couple was robbed while trying to sell kittens from their Whitby home over the weekend. That is probably a new low for humanity. In the news: Olivia Chow wants to ban handguns, a Scarborough company puts wood from pest-tainted trees to good use, a portion of the Gardiner construction is ahead of schedule, and another factual inaccuracy brought to you by Rob Ford.
It's over—Germany has won the World Cup. Most North Americans can go back to ignoring soccer, while true fans can go back to feeling more cosmopolitan than everyone else. In the news: a Canadian filmmaker was injured in a World Cup protest in Brazil, a rare falcon was born at Lakeridge Hospital, and a local businessman faces deportation after 16 years in Canada.
What will the weekend bring? Another shirtless horde, perhaps? One thing is for certain: by Monday morning, the world will know who won the World Cup. And that's really all that matters, right? In the news: the Fords come out swinging against the Eglinton redevelopment project, ombudsman Fiona Crean may stay on despite her harsh criticism of Ford, and the TDSB is getting—or staying—litigious.
Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany did not receive an Emmy nomination. We believe that's what people refer to in the business as a ridiculous, inexplicable, unforgivable snub. In the news: Toronto gets a giant Pan Am countdown clock, Ottawa- and Montreal-bound Via passengers will face disruptions this morning, and remembering Abshir Hassan.
Robin Thicke’s latest album sold an embarrassing 550 copies in Canada in its first week, with the Atlantic calling it “one of the creepiest albums ever made.” So, in short, cheating on your wife and then making a public plea for her to take you back using the majesty of song is probably not a great career direction. In the news: Giorgio Mammoliti will be docked three months' pay, Rob Ford doesn’t participate in a standing ovation for WorldPride organizers, five people scammed the City of Vaughan out of $2.4 million, and DC will let the Jeffrey Baldwin statue use the Superman logo.
Oh, Brazil. Poor, sweet Brazil. A 7-1 loss to Germany in the World Cup semifinals yesterday. It's safe to say much of the world pitied the host nation for that spectacular defeat. In the news: Rosedale residents fight over the construction of a woodland path, Wheel-Trans drivers strike for higher wages, and a world-class cricket venue might be coming to the GTA.
Apparently deaths related to opioid painkillers in the province increased by a seriously alarming 250 per cent between 1991 and 2010. It looks like that early-'90s PSA in which the furry blue puppet ran around singing to not put drugs in your mouth didn’t have the intended effect. In the news: Ceta Ramkhalawansingh and James Maloney are the newest kids on the city council block, a former aide to Karen Stintz backs away from supporting the Scarborough subway, a park named after two (out of three) members of Rush, and beer marketing goes bad.
It's a dreary Monday, so here's some news to take your mind off the rain. Olivia Chow has a new affordable housing plan, one-third of Ontario residents want Andrea Horwath to step down, and a local parachute school has had three fatalities in a year.
Welcome back to the weekend; we hope you enjoy your stay. Here’s the news: Doug Ford keeps offending people, Toronto Transit Commission vehicles have been in 18,000 accidents in the past four years, the majority of Torontonians want marathons and parades moved off city streets, and Avery Edison files two human-rights complaints.