It's Monday and it's cold, but doesn't the week feel like it has potential? Keep your chin up and hope for the best. In the news: don't leave your fishing gear for birds to eat, St. Lawrence Market cart vendors are being displaced this spring, Uniqlo is coming to Toronto, and the city begins its search for the next police chief.
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Get out there and enjoy the weekend! But before you do here's some news: the TTC has released a new customer charter, Uber alleges more than two dozen Toronto taxi drivers failed to meet the company's standards, and a former Toronto inmate has lodged a human rights complaint.
As January draws to a close, we have two things to grit our teeth and hold on to until the spring comes: budgets and awards shows. If you happen to like politics and celebrity, this is your time of year. In the news: median incomes in Ontario—and especially Toronto—are falling, Sundance is seeing an influx of Canadian films, John Tory might have trouble passing his first budget, and a science demonstration gone awry leads to four people with injuries.
Welcome to yet another subarctic day in Toronto, friends. Okay, perhaps that is a bit of an exaggeration. Either way, here is your daily dose of news: new recommendations to improve TTC driver safety, an elderly woman who has been waiting almost 20 years for an elevator to be installed at Rosedale station, new signage for GTA highways, and two new monkeys for Yasmin Nakhuda.
We made it through Blue Monday. Well, hopefully we did. You’re still here, right? In the news: parents struggle to save a downtown non-profit daycare, the health board wants you to know how much salt is in your food, an introduction to the new president and CEO of the Toronto Region Board of Trade, and Douglas Coupland’s Gumhead arrives in Toronto.
Target is dead! Long live Walmart. (French monarchic references should probably be avoided on a Monday morning, but too late for that now.) In the news today: Canada's immigration laws might be hurting people with or at risk of contracting HIV, Stollerys is being demolished, and Target is leaving Canada and its Canadian employees in the lurch.
January is more than half over! It's a brave new 2015 world and we're almost past the worst month of it. In the news: the TDSB has some hard work to do, the Liberty Village shuttle project is finished, and the many uses of Section 37 funds.
As usual, this week's announcement of the Academy Awards nominations left plenty for everyone to be upset about. Seriously, though: did the Academy even watch Selma? In more local news, Leslie Roberts has resigned from Global, Barrie police arrested a man who asked for a ride while in possession of cocaine, emergency shelter rooms are being made available at motels, and the hearing continues for the highest-ranking police officer charged in relation to 2010's G20 protests.
As of this morning, the cheapest gas in the GTA can be found at an Oshawa Costco location. At 76.9 cents per litre, it is the lowest gas prices have been since the spring of 2009. Enjoy it while it lasts. In the news: One woman is dead following a GO bus rollover, a new survey on cyclist rule-breaking, and several schools receive conditional passes in the latest DineSafe blitz.
Researchers at Ohio State University say that men who post and edit a lot of selfies on social media are more prone to higher levels of narcissism, psychopathy, and self-objectification. In (perhaps) less obvious news: Mayor John Tory tackles homelessness, an extension to the PATH system will open soon, and a Markham Street home goes up in flames for the second time.
Three million copies of this week’s issue of Charlie Hebdo will be printed in 16 languages, according to a lawyer for the publication. This far exceeds the usual 60,000 copies of its typical weekly print run, and is a stronger memorial than any local rally. In the news: new delivery zones in the downtown core, a record number of condo rentals in 2014, TDSB trustees vote on their director’s salary, and where to buy Charlie Hebdo in Toronto.
Did your picks win last night at the Golden Globes? Or do you not watch shameless parades of wealth and celebrity? If you don't, this news might be more up your alley: the Eglinton Crosstown LRT is already impacting real estate, Toronto actor Stephan James discusses his role in Selma, and Canadian resident Khaled Al-Qazzaz has been released from Egyptian prison.
Is it still cold out? Let's just stay inside until Monday morning and then check. In the news: John Tory laments the poor treatment of the mentally ill, Bill Cosby performed in Hamilton last night, and microfibers are the new microbeads—and that's not good.
On Wednesday, Bill Cosby drew a standing ovation from the crowd that had paid nearly $100 to see him in London. He'll perform again tonight in Hamilton. In the news: Global TV's Leslie Roberts is suspended indefinitely, consent will soon be a part of Ontario sex ed, and Jian Ghomeshi faced three new charges today.
Je suis Charlie. In the news: A Toronto vigil for the victims of the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack, hope for interim funding to create a 24-hour drop-in for homeless women, the possible sale of the passenger terminal at Billy Bishop, and an increase in impaired driving charges during this year’s RIDE campaign.
So long, Randy Carlyle, it has been a slice. In the news: Bill Blair suspends carding, the public works and infrastructure committee discusses the future of garbage privatization, Air Canada might bid adieu to Billy Bishop Airport, and the Liberty Village Express is back.
Congratulations to Canada’s junior men’s hockey team, who beat Russia to win gold at the World Junior Hockey Championship last night. In all likelihood, Vladmir Putin is thoroughly unimpressed. In the news: A Toronto illustrator brings attention to the stories of missing and murdered aboriginal women, Stephen Harper and Kathleen Wynne finally have a meeting, and two CBC executives are put on indefinite leave related to the Jian Ghomeshi sex scandal.
On this day in 1895, French captain Alfred Dreyfus was stripped of his rank after being convicted of treason. The Dreyfus Affair was a sad chapter in French history and almost tore the Third Republic apart. In today's (2015) news: a ticketing and towing blitz begins to enforce a no-tolerance rule on illegal parking, the implementation of a province-wide computer system in Children's Aid Societies may take years longer than expected, a model says her face was used to advertise skin-lightening procedures without her consent, and the Pan Am velodrome hosts its first test event.