Welcome to the 288th day of 2014. There are officially 12 days left until the municipal elections. And one day until tomorrow’s Newsstand. Since Torontoist has yet to invest in a time machine, let’s just see what is in the news today: Breaking the rules at an advanced polling station in Ward 20, Olivia Chow’s first television ad, Doug Ford’s endorsement from John Tory, Doug Holyday’s non-endorsement of Doug Ford and John Tory, and Robyn Doolittle’s Reddit AMA.
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Thanksgiving is officially over, so let's now look ahead to Halloween. What will you dress up as? Or do you scoff at the idea of dressing up? If so, humbug to you, Halloween Scrooge! In the news: A Canadian-made Ebola vaccine goes into human trials, Lisa Raitt endorses John Tory for mayor, and today’s poorly constructed condominiums are tomorrow’s urban slum.
This news may well be old by the time everyone wakes up from their post-turkey slumber, but let's take a gander anyway: racist vandalism in Ward 2, Jim Flaherty's successor will be chosen by a November 17 by-election, and a superior officer has harassed an underling at the York Regional Police.
It's Thanksgiving, a time when we celebrate the long weekend with friends and family and, maybe, reflect on the colonization of this country that led to this holiday. Before you get into that heady stuff, here's some local news: former mayor Art Eggleton thinks mayoral campaigns should be shorter, a little-known candidate took the stage at Friday's mayoral debate, and the Ontario Transportation Ministry will no longer conduct road safety blitzes with the Canadian Border Services Agency.
Malala Yousafzai, a 17-year-old who fights for girls' right to education in Pakistan, won the Nobel Peace Prize today. How many 17-year-olds do you know who are even aware of the Nobel Peace Prize? Congratulations, Malala. In the local news: a Hungarian man attempting to visit his long-distance girlfriend was refused entry to Canada, John Tory has an ambitious housing plan, and Tory and Olivia Chow battle for endorsements.
The long weekend is so close that you can almost smell the turkey, can’t you? In the news: A strike by WoodGreen leaves hundreds of parents without childcare, poorly maintained street sweepers are contributing to poor air quality in the city, and increased border screening to prevent the spread of Ebola is coming to Canadian airports.
Rain, rain, go to Spain. Never show your face again. Seriously though, after yesterday we’ve definitely had our fill. No more please. In the news: John Tory’s private meeting with Stephen Harper, Torontonians like the idea of recall elections, the Toronto Police Services Board wants to know what you think makes a good police chief, and Penrose Fish and Chips is closing.
It has been confirmed that Twin Peaks will return to Showtime in 2016 for a nine-episode run. Original writer Mark Frost will write all the episodes and co-creator David Lynch is set to direct. We can only hope that Kyle MacLachlan will reprise his role as Agent Cooper, if only so we can learn what Laura Palmer meant when she said she would see him again in 25 years. In the news: Doug Ford is gaining ground in the latest election poll, the clash between the TCHC and a Regent Park woman who refuses to leave her condemned apartment building continues, the Liberty Village Express makes a successful debut, and former Liberal MP Ruby Dhalla will not be making a political comeback.
Dr. Stephen Scherer of Sick Kids Hospital didn't win the Nobel Prize in medicine, announced today, but he's still accomplished more than most of us ever will. In the news: a new world poutine-eating champ was crowned Saturday, Doug Ford had to answer for some of Rob Ford's colourful language, the province's health minister wants more transparency, and the new TTC chief operating officer has a lot of big ideas.
Is everyone ready for some rainy public art? That's right, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche happens tonight! If you can stomach the crowds, it's a great way to pack a year's worth of modern art appreciation into one night. Here's some news before the excitement starts: the city's real estate market is as hot as ever, the Toronto patient tested for Ebola doesn't have it, three children are being tested for a different illness, and Olivia Chow comes out as a progressive (finally).
Morgan the Great Dane, the world's tallest female dog and an Ontario resident, has died at six years old. Happy Friday? In the news today, and it doesn't get much better: a patient in the city is being tested for Ebola, racism plagues Olivia Chow (and we're noticing because there's an election), illegal basement apartments abound in the city, sexual assaults are happening near Trinity Bellwoods, and the chair of the Toronto Police Services Board wants the force to become a leader in mental health.