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.
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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.
The Raptors beat the Knicks, and even the Leafs succeeded. It was truly a remarkable weekend for Toronto sports teams. In the news this morning: an outsider is coming to review police practices, farm workers get a health clinic tailored to their needs, and doctors at St. Michael's seek to combat health problems by looking at income.
Thank God the snow has melted. In the news today: Toronto isn't spending its community grants where it should, it's now legal in Ontario to buy milk in three-litre increments, and Queens Quay construction is far over budget.
Stephen Harper hasn't met with Kathleen Wynne in over a year, and yet he found time to meet with Mayor John Tory less than two weeks after Tory took office. How about that. Some more morning news: Corrections Canada rejects the cornerstone recommendation from the Ashley Smith inquest, Ontario doctors have some new rules to follow, John Tory meets the prime minister, and racial disparity in foster care creates waves.
McDonald's is set to get rid of eight menu items. Does this mean that the Fillet-o-Fish has finally met its end? In the news: Gord Perks doesn’t think that TTC fare inspectors should carry batons, Scotiabank is accused of racial profiling, and Councillor Rob Ford is already eyeing a 2018 mayoral bid.
In case you were wondering, if ever confronted with the choice, Mayor John Tory would pick fighting a gorilla over a bear. What about you? In less outlandishly hypothetical news: the environmental assessment meeting for the Billy Bishop airport expansion plans draws a hostile crowd, a group of seniors allege they were kicked out of a club because of Giorgio Mammoliti, a possible Go Transit fare hike, and Brampton mayor Linda Jeffrey wants to lower her salary.
As daylight breaks over our fair city, there are things happening all around you that are worthy of your attention. So keep your head up, or you might miss something. On that note, let’s see what is going on in the news: A TTC pilot project improves route service on Dufferin and St. Clair, Alok Mukherjee refuses to apologize for his controversial Facebook post, and Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier learns that Nelson Mandela was not an athlete.
On this day 34 years ago, John Lennon was murdered by Mark David Chapman. Expect the Beatles fans in your life to be moodier than usual. Here are some more current events: Kathleen Wynne takes on the new prostitution bill, the King streetcar might be getting a commute-friendly change, and U of T's business school has a gender problem.
The Raptors commemorated Nelson Mandela last night on the anniversary of the South African anti-apartheid leader's death. That's just a touching thing from a great basketball team. In the news: the Toronto Star has placed politicians in each of the eight political ideologies common in Toronto, a local lawyer walked the border of Toronto, and NOW Magazine won't stop selling sex ads.
Burger King's takeover of Tim Hortons has been approved by the federal government. Prepare for a chorus of anti-authoritarian teens saying, "It's a metaphor for America taking over Canada, man." In the news: Drake is opening a store tomorrow, Second Cup begins rebranding itself, airport employees aren't happy with the Union Pearson Express, and hotel workers protest fewer work hours.
Here we are again, Thursday. Let’s do this. In the news: a Bloor West store is repeatedly targeted with homophobic graffiti, a rookie MPP gets a $58,000 severance payout, Giorgio Mammoliti won’t give up his chair at council, and Lakeridge Health admits that 14 staffers snooped into patient records.
One hundred brains are missing from a collection of specimens held by the University of Texas at Austin. There really is a black market for everything, isn’t there? In the news: A whole lot of collisions during yesterday’s evening rush hour, TTC chair Josh Colle gets to work, new councillor Jon Burnside is missing a lot of files, and new provincial securities rules aim to get more women in executive roles.
Ladies and gentlemen, Zanta is back. He made an impromptu appearance on Global News last week, crashing a live interview by reporter Mark Carcasole. While his days of shirtless subway push-ups appear to be over, his Santa hat was out in all its glory. In the news: Shaun Chen is the new chair of the TDSB, left-leaning councillors say they have been shut out of Mayor Tory’s executive, and new Brampton mayor Linda Jeffrey calls for further investigation into the city.
It may be December, but you wouldn't know it from the weather. If the cold rain we're expecting this week starts to get you down, take a look at what our Prairie companions are dealing with, and rejoice. In the news today: John Tory is the new mayor, software problems result in benefits being overpaid (and the government knew about the problems beforehand), full-day kindergarten gets pushback from teachers, and Andy Byford is going to cut TTC delays in half...within five years.
If you hate winter (as all right-thinking people do), soak up these last few hours of pre-December time. Soak them up well! In the news today: Acrimony in the Toronto District School Board, the Toronto Star has a new political survey, John Tory steps down from boards and back from a debate, and the CBC investigates itself (and does so superbly).
Darwin the Ikea monkey is now nearly triple the weight he was in the heady days of his brush with fame, and the sanctuary housing him is looking for donations to find a larger home for him and his compatriots. In the news: John Tory talks transit, the Hells Angels lose their former clubhouse, and a rogue retirement home continues to run without a licence.