Yesterday, female giant panda and Toronto Zoo resident Er Shun celebrated her seventh birthday. Send cake (or bamboo?) to the Zoo. In the news today: don't park near a fire hydrant, a chalk memorial to trans people may be replaced by a more substantial one, and thousands protested the persecution of Christians in Iraq.
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The Democratic People's Republic of Korea is currently leading in the women's under-20 FIFA World Cup, with two wins and no losses. If you like watching communist people's republics succeed at sports, best start watching those under-20 women's matches. In the news this morning: Milos Raonic has been eliminated from the Rogers Cup, Salma Abuzaiter has been brought from Gaza to her mother and brothers at home in Brantford, and urban tree cover is trickier to maintain than it might seem.
Milos Raonic is the last Canadian remaining in the Rogers Cup, so figure out how the scoring in tennis works and then support him. In the news this morning: the TTC wants to implement all-doors boarding, anti-immigration flyers show up again in Brampton, Rob Ford approves of evicting the operators of the City Hall cafeteria, and the Adelaide bike lane is a mess.
Yesterday Canada’s Wonderland announced that it would be retiring SkyRider, the first-ever stand-up roller coaster built in the country, in order to make room for new development. Nothing lasts forever. In the news: David Soknacki vows to cut $65 million from the police budget, west-end residents voice opposition to a proposed homeless shelter, a Roma family makes a plea for special permission to remain in Canada, and a major gas leak on King West.
Over the weekend, actor Jeff Goldblum and his fiancée attended the nuptials of a Toronto couple and helped the bridal party pose for a Jurassic Park-inspired wedding photo. You might as well give up now, bridezillas—your wedding will never live up to that. In the news: Giorgio Mammoliti blames councillors Mike Layton and Gord Perks for drug-related deaths at VELD Music Festival, the City looks at terminating the lease of City Hall’s cafeteria operator over unpaid fees, an Oakville man invents a date rape drug detection device, and a flashy Mississauga Road mansion that's up for auction is not Don Cherry’s former home.
The long weekend is officially over. Single tear. In the news: two music festival deaths are linked to drugs, a Brampton funeral home sues the family of a man killed at last year’s Caribbean Carnival parade, turn-of-the-century newsboys help commemorate the beginning of World War I, and a 14-year-old becomes the youngest person to successfully swim across Lake Ontario.
Worried about catching Ebola? Worry not: Canada's healthcare system and the way in which the virus spreads (contact with bodily fluids) make an outbreak here highly unlikely. And with that out of the way, here's some long-weekend news. Toledo residents are out of drinking water because of algae blooms on Lake Erie, Rob Ford was a no-show at a campaign event he promised to attend, and smart meters in Saskatchewan causing house fires may be used in some Toronto municipalities—there's no way to know just yet.
Try to stay calm, but a new fruity ice cream flavour called "Xamaleon" developed by a Spanish physicist changes colours while you eat it. Amazing, right? In the news: Eve Adams ends her bid for nomination in Oakville North-Burlington, the TDSB investigates how a man was able to impersonate being a teacher at five of its schools, taxpayers contribute $6 to provincial power-agency pensions per $1 employee contribution, pricy camera equipment goes missing from a Canada Post shipping facility, and weekend road closures.
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.
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.