The Inglis billboard, the last vestige of a company that ties Toronto to its manufacturing roots, was taken down this week. Progress marches ever onward. Here's your pre-weekend news: John Tory is doing well in the mayoral race, a sloth is uninterested in civic honours, and Captain John's restaurant has been sold.
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Goodbye July, you were swell. August, show us what you've got! In the news: a few potential candidates to replace Bill Blair emerge, the NDP will announce its candidate in the yet-uncalled Whitby-Oshawa federal byelection, a convicted murderer vies for city council seat, and Mary-Margaret McMahon talks about getting struck by a vehicle while cycling.
A four-minute trailer for an upcoming crossover episode of The Simpsons and Family Guy was released at Comic Con. But does anyone care about either show anymore? In the news: A new charge is laid in the shooting death of Sammy Yatim, John Tory thinks his SmartTrack plan will boost business in Liberty Village, a letter from the TTC bus driver who ran a red light, and a Newmarket family gets stranded at sea for 17 hours.
As July wanes we quickly approach the August long weekend, or Simcoe Day as we Torontonians call it. Our Hamilton neighbours call it George Hamilton Day, which is either to honour the city’s “official” founder, or the perfectly bronzed character actor from the show Dynasty. In the news: Mayor Rob Ford’s campaign team clashes with East York debate organizers; plagiarism accusations surround a city council hopeful; and Etobicoke neighbours argue over home redesigns.
It's a nice cool Monday after that humid weekend, so put on some pants and enjoy it. In the news this morning: Laureen Harper was stung by a bee, milk bags may soon be replaced by milk jugs, and the TTC won't move to distance-based fares.
The weather calls for rain this weekend, so stay inside and on the internet. Here's some weekend news: A local business owner makes a statement about the Israel-Palestine conflict, mulberries are an overlooked urban treat, and Annaleise Carr ends her swim across Lake Erie.
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.
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.