Happy birthday, deceased pianist and comedian Victor Borge! We miss you. In the news today: residents take a Scarborough housing co-op to the Human Rights Tribunal, the victim of Wednesday's police shooting is identified, city wards may soon change, and the homicide rate in 2014 was identical to that of 2013.
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It's the new year! And since most of us were either tired or, ahem, feeling unwell yesterday, let's just pretend today's the first day. What a great year so far. In the news: a roundup of the top 10 stories from Toronto last year, a father delivers his own daughter, and a local infectious disease doctor has been helping fight Ebola in Liberia.
As one year ends and another begins, only one question remains: does anyone actually know the words to “Auld Lang Syne”? In the news: a Toronto woman discovers dynamite in her home, a lot of Torontonians have the flu, and Bill Blair’s final year-end interview.
Carlton Cinema will screen The Interview starting this Friday, just two weeks after the film was pulled from wide theatrical release due to threats of violent attacks. 2014 will officially go down in history as the year that Seth Rogen and James Franco beat terrorism. In the news: LED traffic signs politely urge drivers to take care, charges are laid against a TTC bus driver who ran into a streetcar, and a provincial court finds that wind turbines are not unconstitutional.
It's the end of the year as we know it, and we feel fine. Here's some news for one of the last mornings of this long, long year: some people want men to close their legs while they take transit, renowned lawyer Edward Greenspan has died, and Porter made two unscheduled and smoke-related landings on Sunday.
Dear Christmas shopping lollygaggers: your time is almost up! Merry almost-Christmas! In the news: a Toronto restaurant owner fends off a robber, the Scarborough Subway needs a fourth station according to Glenn De Baeremaeker, two former York School educators make quality education more accessible to a group of underprivileged children in India, and a very special holiday message from Mayor John Tory.
The Toronto Maple Leafs made a ridiculously awkward holiday greeting card video to wish fans happy holidays. After presumably losing some sort of bet, Leafs players Joffrey Lupul, Jake Gardiner, and David Clarkson were recorded belting out their best version of “Jingle Bell Rock,” which may go down as one of the worst renditions ever sung. In the news: Toronto Hydro says it's learned from the ice storm of 2013, Ontario’s ombudsman threatens to launch an investigation into the Toronto South Detention Centre, and the TTC speeds up a review of bus and streetcar operator safety after the death of Amaria Diljohn.
Even as we finish buying presents and look forward to a few hard-earned days off, the world keeps turning and things keep happening. Many of those things are terrible and heartbreaking. In the news: 14-year-old Amaria Diljohn was struck and killed by a TTC bus, the overhaul of Nathan Phillips Square hits some (possibly permanent) snags, and a new program helps women gain their footing after leaving abusive relationships.
The Raptors have unveiled a new logo and colour scheme, to be paired with a new uniform next season. Expect big things from them (if only because every other team in this town will let you down without fail). In the news this second-last Saturday of 2014: the top baby names of the year were kind of predictable, residents react to changes at Alexandra Park, and Christmas trees placed downtown to protest the treatment of homeless people find homes.
Beware the Santabomb, 2014's answer to Snowmageddon. Buy your supplies now. In the news: a U of T graduate finds an innovative way to get her name out, Tory says no to new taxes, and police shoot a man at Agincourt Mall.
Remember that time when a movie by Seth Rogen and James Franco became the target of terrorist threats? Welcome to life in 2014. In the news: Waterfront Toronto defends running over-budget on the Queens Quay revitalization project, the meaning behind the "Super Dave!" sign at Coxwell and Gerard, a fatal fire in Parkdale, and a Toronto-bound plane is diverted to Halifax.
It would appear that fog is the new snow. In the news: a Ryerson student gets flack for encouraging people to give pizza to the homeless, the TCHC approves a $2.5-billion budget for 2015, a retirement home gets slapped with a $10,000 fine for operating without a license, and a woman is hit by a bus near Yonge and Eglinton.
Happy Hanukkah, dear friends! In the news: Pan Am Games organizers spent nearly $500,000 on travel expenses in four years, a restaurant fights to keep its accessibility ramp, and homebuyers pay a premium to live near public transit.