After we get through today, the weather promises to be warm for the rest of the week, so get all your work done today and enjoy the last of the summer. In the news this morning: 3,000 people marched in the Toronto portion of Sunday's global climate protest, Olivia Chow returns to her progressive roots, the PC leadership race is (kind of) off to a start, and the Word on the Street festival happened despite rain.
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JFL42 launched this week. Is everybody laughing? If we don't laugh enough they'll sic the Just For Laughs Gags crew on the city, so everybody start enjoying yourselves. In the news today: John Tory takes a strong stand on Queers Against Israeli Apartheid, a U of T professor wins an international award, eat dinner to fix Toronto on October 7, and quit flushing so-called flushable wipes.
Last night voters in Scotland turned out in historic numbers and voted to stay in the U.K. But just because they didn't vote for independence, doesn't mean the story's over. There will likely be some major changes to the U.K. in the coming months and years. In more local news: Liberty Village residents are crowdfunding a new bus line, Toronto EMS will soon change its name, the Rob Ford musical opened last night, and if your pint of beer isn't 19.5 ounces, you can complain to your bartender for breaking the law.
As the world waits with bated breath to learn whether or not Scotland will become an independent country, one truth will remain unchanged no matter what the result—haggis is gross. In the news: Joe Pennachetti reminds incumbent councillors that their offices shall not be used for campaign purposes, the Rob Ford musical goes on as planned, the El Mocambo is closing, and the electronic voice on the new TTC streetcars could do with an elocution lesson.
After more than a year of displaying witty and inspirational messages in the front window of his home for passers-by to enjoy, the Atlas Avenue chalkboard guy has decided to hang up his chalk, and call it a day. We salute you, chalkboard guy! Thanks for the smiles! In the news: John Tory promises to ease gridlock through better road closure planning, Tory also makes promises for more cycling infrastructure, a sickly-looking coyote ambles through Scarborough Bluffs, and U of T takes a slight tumble in world ranks.
Apparently Kanye West yells at people in wheelchairs to get up and dance at his concerts. Naturally, because why wouldn’t being the genius voice of a generation entitle a person to berate his audience in the most obnoxious and insensitive way ever? Stay classy, Kanye. In the news: Giorgio Mammoliti is under police investigation, Doug Ford has a pretty awful council attendance record, Ontario Tories want a provincial leader who supports GTA issues, and PETA takes issue with the Blue Jays over wild animals used in recent photo ops.
Well, the stars are gone. Except for those few Canadian stars who hang around Toronto more or less year-round, but somehow their lustre just doesn't quite match the Brangelinas and the Kate Winslets who descend on the city in their designer gowns for a week at a time. In the (regular-people) news: a look at the man who will design the development replacing Honest Ed's, Andrea Horwath is fighting for her career, and the Fords weren't popular at a Sunday mayoral debate.
Mayor Rob Ford may go down in history as the only municipal politician to ever steal headlines away from TIFF. Somewhere, Cameron Bailey is angrily shaking his fist. In the news: Rob Ford is out of the mayoral race, and Doug Ford may or may not have long been a backup candidate; early polls indicate that Doug Ford is already a more popular mayoral candidate than his brother was; what the ballot switch means for Doug Ford’s campaign financing; and a Toronto teachers group complains about trustee Sam Sotiropoulos’s comments about transgender people.
It's the last weekend of TIFF, so get downtown and check out those celebs. They only walk among us for so long. In the news: a museum devoted to Islamic art opens, income inequality in Canada is rising, and controversial author David Gilmour resumes teaching at U of T.
As the federal NDP start to think about the 2015 election, the party has unveiled a new slogan: “Change that’s ready.” Underwhelming? Nonsensical? Inspiring? For once it would be nice for a slogan to reflect political reality, but there is less of a snappy ring to “We’re hoping you’ll let us keep our jobs.” In the news: The Toronto Region Board of Trade says that there is little place for politics in transit planning, tuition is on the rise, but the Ontario government says it isn’t a big deal, Hazel McCallion chairs her final council meeting, and an In-and-Out Burger pop-up shop.
Canadian Tire has announced that Canadian Tire money is going digital. The company says that the move won’t replace their paper bills, but simply offer an online alternative to collect and redeem rewards. This means that Sandy McTire’s sweet moustache and tam-o'-shanter will live on. In the news: Sarah Thomson and David Soknacki are out of the mayoral race, John Tory widens his lead as he admits that his Smart Track plan will require some tunnelling, former Rob Ford chief of staff Mark Towhey pens a tell-all, and a home collapse in Bedford park leaves one construction worker dead and another injured.
We’re already halfway through TIFF. Have you had an interesting run-in with a celebrity yet? Or do you have any good stories about trying to impersonate a celebrity for your own personal gain? In the news: print media were asked to leave a Rob Ford speech after being invited, an octogenarian has been charged with stunt driving, Vogue Magazine thinks West Queen West is actually so hip it hurts, and a new study on discrimination against homelessness by health care professionals.
Prince William and Kate Middleton are expecting a second baby. Royalists, celeb-watchers, and lovers of pomp, rejoice! In the common people's news today: the provincial government plans to end homelessness (but won't say by when), Toronto Police are pretty good at supporting LGBT officers, and Justin Bieber has a court date.
It's TIFF time and we've all got celeb fever. Get downtown and snap some selfies with whomever you find; you never know, they might be famous someday soon. In the news this morning: Pearson Airport employees will speak to Metrolinx about the Union-Pearson transit fare, Ford has been subpoenaed to testify in a case against Sandro Lisi, the Star is trying to unseal documents about a wild night Ford had in April, and a local mogul proves that even while being charitable, rich people have more fun than the rest of us.
It's going to be a hot one today, maybe even record-breaking—if the temperature passes 32 C, it will be the warmest Sept. 5 on record—so stay hydrated (or, preferably, somewhere air-conditioned). In the news this morning: on transit Toronto struggles to keep up with the pack, Canada will see a flu vaccine shortage this fall, and the TDSB has been shut out of expected condo fees that would pay for a construction backlog.
Drop whatever you are doing and go look at some photos from Al Pacino’s appearance at the TIFF Gala last night. That man’s hair is a thing of unparalleled beauty. In the news: Olivia Chow supports right-angled curbs for pedestrian safety, Sarah Thomson mulls over dropping out of the mayoral race, parade organizers are on the hook to pay a $14,000 police bill by today, and fewer than 55,000 unemployed people in Toronto actually collect EI.
After 34 years, Eaton Centre eatery Mr. Greenjeans has closed. What overpriced, underwhelming chain restaurant do you think will swoop into the location to replace it? In the news: John Tory takes a lead in the polls, Rob Ford skips a debate to canvas, Sandra Bussin vies to reclaim her former council seat, and $9 million in Centrium condo deposits will be returned.
Oh, back to school! Back to school! To prove to Dad that I'm not a fool. In the news: A man is taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries after joyriding on a TTC bus, Rob Ford drops out of two debates scheduled for this week, some members of the Bloordale Village BIA want fresh leadership, and Ontario workers begin to embrace getting paid in Bitcoin.