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.
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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.
Celebrate your day off by reading about the labour movement! Or is that not what most people consider a fun holiday? If that's not up your alley, take a look at the new streetcars or read about a local surgeon who may be on the cusp of revolutionizing the field.
This weekend is your last chance to head down to the Ex and gorge yourself on deep-fried treats. Go forth, and eat yourselves silly. In the news: Warren Kinsella issues a libel notice to a John Tory campaign strategist, a pitch to the province for more public transit funding, delays in the move of Captain John’s, and holiday road closures.
Tim Hortons debuted a spicy, savoury doughnut called the “Buffalo Crunch” at the Great New York State Fair this week. The treat is covered in buffalo-style chicken wing sauce and crunched-up kettle chips. If that wasn’t already enough, tortilla strips wade in a pool of buffalo sauce at the centre. Be honest, you’d probably try it. In the news: the new location for Cornerstone Place shelter gets approved by council, a UofT satellite goes rogue in space, the Rouge Valley privacy breach widens, and a Sunwing flight gets rerouted back to Toronto due to disruptive passengers.
According to an online sports media outlet, Toronto may be under consideration to get a second NHL team in future expansion plans. Why have one team that can’t seem to get it together to win a Stanley Cup when you can have two? In the news: council bans red-light right turns at the Leaside intersection where Georgia Walsh was killed, questions about whether or not John Tory’s seven-year SmartTrack timeline is realistic, the City is forced to pay the legal fees for a successful integrity commission complaint against Maria Augimeri, and a power outage in the east end has been resolved.
The latest edition of the Farmers’ Almanac goes on sale this week, and it calls for yet another frigid, snowy winter. Let joy be unconfined. In the news: Stiffer penalties are en route for texting while driving, a doctor says that medical professionals should be able to report drunk drivers, several cyclist injuries on Lake Shore Boulevard, and tainted dog treats found in an Etobicoke park.
Burger King and Tim Hortons may merge, passenger pigeons could come back from extinction, and some kindly old elephants are enjoying their retirement: the news today might have implications down the road, but for now, enjoy the sci-fi-ness of recreating an entirely extinct species.
It's going to be a cool day, so get out there and make the most of it. Grab tight to what's left of summer and try not to let go. In the news this morning: Warren Kinsella has deleted some campaign-related blog posts, Joe Pennachetti is stepping down as city manager, a condo developer seems to have disappeared with some money, and Captain John's may have found its final resting place.
It's Friday! What a day to be alive! Here's what's going on in our fair city: councillors are hoping Metrolinx will make the Union-Pearson Express fare affordable for residents, Maria Augimeri violated council's code of conduct, and motorcycle deaths keep adding up.
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was kicked up a notch when former president George W. Bush denied the challenge, labelling it un-presidential. He offered to make a donation to the cause, but thankfully his wife, Laura Bush, had a bucket of ice water at the ready to dump over him, thus fulfilling the wishes of many an American liberal. In the news: An approved fee-hike for Vulnerable Sector Screening checks, a bike lane closure on the Prince Edward Viaduct, Karen Stintz may or may not still be in the mayoral race, and approval for the Raptors’ practice grounds at Exhibition Place.
Wednesday, we meet again. Please, be gentle. In the news: A new report says that lack of competition in alcohol sales is hurting the province, No Jets TO activist Anshul Kapoor will register his election papers to run in Ward 20, a rare human rights case results in a $10,000 judgement against Toronto landlord, and the sale of Captain John’s isn’t so final.
Happy birthday, John Stamos. In the news: the centre-loading Eglinton Crosstown LRT platforms will be dangerous to the vision-impaired, Union Station’s Bay concourse will not be ready for the Pan Am Games, plans move forward to shorten election lawn sign campaigns, and a new study looks at the use of anti-psychotic drugs on dementia patients.