It's the freakin' weekend, baby, and we can't continue that sentence without paying hefty royalty fees to R. Kelly so continue on your own. For the rest of the day. Whether you want to or not. On to the news! Rob Ford unites city council (against him); Premier Kathleen Wynne wants Rob Ford to get help; the first police officer to face a hearing connected to the 2010 G20 is cleared of wrongful arrest charges; and inequality is threatening to dramatically change life in Toronto.
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At what age does it become socially unacceptable to stay in your pyjamas all day? In the news: Rob Ford is likely going to have a rough day, enjoy a side of sinkhole with your broken water main, government contracts are awarded for both the Eglinton Crosstown LRT and Ontario Place, Nuit Blanche is raking in the dough, and a real invisibility cloak.
Cold enough for ya? In the news: Broken water mains for everyone, aid continues to pour in across the city for those devastated by Typhoon Haiyan, Toronto Police release more information about the city's 51st traffic-related fatality of 2013, Rob Ford may or may not be at the Santa Claus Parade, and Samsung gives stuff to cool Torontonians so not-as-cool Torontonians will covet it.
Should one say "Happy Remembrance Day"? Probably not. But we're certainly thinking about the fact that it's Remembrance Day. Today: a local lawyer opposes the potential newest Supreme Court justice; hospital cuts in Scarborough and Durham spark protests; a former employee sues online dating site Ashley Madison; the city's Filipino community tries to help its homeland in the wake of a horrific typhoon; and there's another thing you need to do to be a good parent.
The admission we were all waiting for finally came, but it felt a little underwhelming, didn't it? Probably because the "I did it one time in a drunken stupor" defence seems rather flimsy by now. In the news: Rob Ford, of course; the Ford brothers and their enemies Bill Blair, the media, and city council; and calls for tougher distracted driving laws.
Less than a week left in this Mercury Retrograde, people. Praise be to Susan Miller. In the news: Rob Ford is still mayor, Ryerson suspends hockey players for drinking, Bill Blair wants a lot more Tasers, a new report on youth violence in Toronto, and happy news for the Toronto Wildlife Centre.
Monday again, people. Let's just do what we can to get through it together. In the news today: it's practically Christmas already; Rob Ford exists, so people are talking about him; pedestrians are in danger because of Daylight Savings Time; and Sammy Yatim would have been 19 this week.
Has anything happened this week that didn't involve Rob Ford and his (alleged) drug problem? Logic would tell us yes, but newspaper coverage would not. In the news: Rob Ford (duh), an inquest into the deaths of three mentally ill Torontonians gunned down by police, and elderly people love they deals.
We knew it was coming, but somehow it's a little less than satisfying, isn't it? Oh, who am I kidding? Thank you, Bill Blair, for being like the Santa Claus of Halloween yesterday. In the news: A recap of the Rob Ford situation, actual vermin takes up residence at City Hall, a mobile market hits Toronto streets, and Drake is moving on.
Don't go to work—it's a bad idea. In the news: a disciplinary tribunal was held yesterday for the first of 32 police officers to face a G20 misconduct hearing, Mayor Rob Fords thinks scrapping City recreation fees is bunk, five Toronto hospitals are the recipients of a $50-million donation, and a man has been hit by a TTC bus.
They call it a stormy Monday, but Tuesday's just as bad. In the news: Rob Ford's delightful thoughts on the 2014 mayoral race, Doug Ford also offers his take on the future election, rules of the road for the e-bike, a TTC caution against passenger vigilantism, the (possible) return of photo radar, and Childish Gambino hits up Trinity Bellwoods.
This Monday goes out to all the Howie Dorough fans out there. You know who you are. In the news: Honest Ed's sold, Karen Stintz officially in the running, Lisi warrants could come out soon, a new report says sprawl is the worst, and a delay for a new St. Lawrence Market building.
It's Saturday and it's raining so who cares. In the news: there's a uranium plant near you (but it's safe); daycares galore in the east end, many of them unlicensed; and the National Post reported something to the TTC, and then reported on the follow-up.
Fact: A random internet site said that a cup of hot water with lemon in the morning is just as effective as a cup of coffee. Hippies. In the news: some city councillors have opinions about the mayor's writing character references for criminals and alleged criminals; the TTC is getting crazy with new names for its subway lines; repairs to the Gardiner Expressway can be expected for the next bazillion years; and get your flu shot if you're between the ages of 60 and 65.
It's Monday! No applause? No wild cheers? Fine, I'm going back to bed too. But first the news: the elephants made it to California all right; homelessness appears, shockingly, to be low on Mayor Ford's agenda; nobody wants a casino in their backyard; and the mayor says his radio show is all about reaching out to the public, man.
Does anyone else get the hook from R.E.M.'s "Everybody Hurts" stuck in their head when they're in physical pain? Just me? Now this headache is lonely as well as painful. In today's news: Toronto is almost the most reputable city in the world, according to reputation experts the Reputation Institute; the stock exchange closed high, which means SELL EVERYTHING YOU OWN; Feral Cat Awareness Week is happening, so be aware that there are adorable sad cats that you should never touch without a trained expert nearby; and Premier Wynne is concerned about how the Canada-EU trade deal will impact Ontario.
Is anyone else super disoriented right now? How is it Wednesday? How? And in the news today, a whole lotta news about the news itself: the Ontario Press Council has ruled that the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star were not in the wrong for stories published about the brothers Ford and various (alleged) scandals; City staff are recommending against burying part of the Gardiner Expressway; and the question of making public information police have on Alexander Lisi's acquaintances will soon go before a Superior Court.
Thanksgiving has come and gone. Time to place your bet as to when we'll start hearing Christmas music in department stores. In the news: Rob Ford chats about robocalls, plans to revive Seaton House are taking shape, the environmental assessment of the east end of the Gardiner continues, the Ikea Monkey may see another day in court, and Ripley's Aquarium of Canada opens.