Happy International Women's Day, everyone! Hug a woman today or, if you want to be really useful, help tear down the patriarchy (or racism, or transphobia). Us ladies sure would appreciate it. Other news stories today: Madonna's Toronto gym is overpriced and bizarre, a woman gave birth on Queen Street this morning, and some possible solutions to the city's public housing crisis.
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Happy Friday! Don't forget to set your clock forward on Sunday! Because if you do forget, the Daylight Saving Time monster will get you in your sleep. In the news today: Trump Tower may soon be raining glass; an Ontario teacher who forced a student to eat a gross banana is no longer a teacher; and Line 9, the pipeline project, is one step closer to reality.
Happy birthday, Toronto! I didn’t get you anything because you’re so hard to shop for, so please accept these news headlines in your honour: The Buffalo Bills won’t be coming to Toronto this year, Josh Colle thinks bus and streetcar service should be free during overnight cold weather alerts, a laptop stolen from Etobicoke General had personal info from over 5,000 patients on it, and a Toronto Tim Hortons dished out $200 in free wares thanks to a considerate customer.
Since you’ll forget at least 50 times between now and the weekend, let’s start off with a reminder that Daylight Saving begins on Sunday. In the news: A whole lot of Toronto schools are falling apart while the TDSB fends off more allegations of infighting, everything you wanted to know about Sandro Lisi but were afraid to ask, and a swan gets rescued from the harbour.
Fontrum—a word Urban Dictionary defines as “feeling embarrassment for someone that doesn't have enough common sense to feel the embarrassment that they should be feeling for themselves.” Alternatively defined as the “state Torontonians perpetually exist in whenever Mayor Ford opens his mouth and words come out.” In the news: Rob Ford was on Jimmy Kimmel to promote the Toronto film industry while the Toronto film industry says, “No thanks, we’re totally cool without you!”; the premier of the Yukon brought some severed toes to Toronto…for drinking purposes; and a contingency fee to help keep Toronto’s ice rinks open longer.
Who wore everyone’s favourite dress during the Oscars last night? If you have any answer other than Lupita Nyong’o, you’re incorrect, because Lupita Nyong’o should be everyone’s favourite everything. In the news, Ukrainian-Canadians showed support for their country over the weekend, Rob Ford was cavorting with celebrities and being mocked (or honoured) at Mardi Gras, and then Rob Ford was cavorting with celebrities and being mocked (or honoured) in Los Angeles. It's been a full couple of days.
Dydd Gwyl Dewi Hapus. Otherwise, Happy Saint David’s Day! In the news: Crude oil shipments running through midtown have residents irked, a major law firm is no more, Grange Park will get a facelift, and to say things are getting intense at TDSB meetings would be kind of an understatement.
It's Friday, which is great, but it's still cold as all get-out, which is not great. Apparently, it's about to get colder, too, so get ready for that. A group in town wants the City to extend last call to 4 a.m., protesters rallied for a jailed Canadian journalist, and taxpayers are paying for a mayor's legal woes (and it's not Rob Ford).
As we ice skate our way into the end of February on this frozen tidal wave of frigid temperatures, take comfort in knowing that Mercury Retrograde ends tomorrow. Our lives will all suck a little less. In the news: the partial sale or lease of Toronto Hydro could be up for discussion if Karen Stintz becomes mayor, the provincial government will dole out $190 million to municipalities for ice storm relief, Bill Blair knew that Doug Ford’s complaint was imminent thanks to Sandro Lisi, and Rob Ford gets mean-girled at the Big City Mayors' Caucus.
In case you were wondering what Judge Judy thinks about Justin Bieber, she’s weighed in on his rash of recent arrests and questionable antics by saying, “You sing alright. You’re no Sinatra, but people are going to remember that you’re an idiot.” Welcome to the end of days, people. Enjoy. In the news: Tourism in Toronto hits an all-time high, distracted driving fines are set to increase next month, and a new competition aimed at creating innovative ways to tackle poverty in York Region launches.
Admit it—you thought Egon Spengler was a total babe. Harold Ramis, you will be missed. Don’t cross the streams, and read some local news: Police Chief Bill Blair is under investigation, some good news for Gardiner repairs, even better news for parking ticket reforms, and a revolutionary cancer treatment developed at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre is getting attention from around the world.
We did it, Canada! We got the gold medals in the hockey sport! Post-Olympics, we can get back to what really matters: local news. There are challenges for the new TTC chair, the Eaton Centre Sears has finally closed, and Rob Ford has added "DJ" to his credentials.
It's Saturday, which means it's time to do some of those things on your ever-present to-do list. But first go spend some time in the park. It's good for you! In the news: urban parks make city-dwellers happier and help them to live longer, a woman tried to smuggle 10,000 diamonds into Canada, and while TTC customers are happier, they're not uniformly happy.
If you're watching fashion week coverage and worrying that you need to bleach your eyebrows, just remember the cool kids aren't always right. And you'd probably look like an alien. (But if you want to do it, enjoy your alien face, and don't listen to what we're saying!) In the news this morning: heavy rain is causing problems, the City has few tools to deal with landlords run amok, and a new taxi rule may allow for discrimination.
If it isn’t the snow, the rain will get you in the end. Environment Canada, we salute you for yet another weather warning. In less rainy news: Josh Matlow tries to curb rent increases, Toronto Hydro execs charge ratepayers for some questionable expenses, change is in the wind for the taxi industry, say “Hi!” to Maria Augimeri—your new TTC chair, and Karen Stintz is finally getting around to filling out her mayoral election paperwork.
Apparently, Seth Cohen is now married. Time to cry in your breakfast cereal. In the news: lots of snow this winter means the City’s snow removal budget is disappearing quickly, the race to become the TTC chair heats up, the Toronto Zoo doesn’t know a whole lot about the Inuit language, and replacing glass walls is an expense that prospective condo buyers should probably consider.
So. More snow. But at least Roll Up the Rim is back at Tim Hortons. Here's to another year of free cookies and donuts! In the news: protect your cell, because people want to steal it; more problems for Trillium Health after doctors allegedly deny a woman access to cancer treatment; naloxone kits are saving lives in Toronto; and a veteran city councillor calls it quits.
It's Family Day, so if you didn't get enough for a lifetime during the December holidays, maybe visit your family or give them a call. You could also just read some news, since you're already here: TCH properties are among the most violent places to live in Toronto, a chemical leak in Scarborough injured one person, TTC CEO Andy Byford is feeling good about movement on a downtown subway, and where to go today that won't be closed.