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.
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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.
Yesterday, a woman jumped into a moving parking patrol car and prevented it from entering oncoming traffic on Avenue Road after the patrol officer exiting the vehicle tripped and ended up having his foot run over by the car. Sure it might be one of the most confusing narrow-miss accidents ever, but it definitely has a Hollywood romantic comedy ring to it. Someone call Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan—we’ve got a mediocre movie to make! In the news: Doug Ford wants to slash the land transfer tax, the Cherry streetcar won’t be up and running until 2016, nearly half of Torontonians live paycheque to paycheque, and the TDSB will likely nix a partnership with the Confucius Institute.
The world’s oldest clown has died. Floyd "Creeky" Creekmore, was 98 years old. Even if you are deathly afraid of clowns, that is still sad to hear, isn’t it? In the news: Olivia Chow promises 3,000 more childcare spaces, Doug Ford and John Tory continue to sling mud at one another, security costs for the Pan Am Games could keep ballooning, a fatal streetcar collision, and two Sunrise Records locations are closing.
It is the last day of September, meaning Christmas music is coming to a mall PA system near you sooner than anyone wants. Because nothing says “Happy Halloween!” like a hearty chorus of “Jingle Bells.” In the news: Meet Doug Ford, art collector; a University of Toronto think tank believes transit should be a top concern for mayoral candidates; municipal election campaigns heat up; and more construction is coming to a road near you.
Monday, bloody Monday. Let's get into the news of the day so we can all get some coffee: some things mayoral candidates should be talking more about, a lawyer is taking on developers, strategic voters inexplicably run from Olivia Chow to John Tory, and three outbreaks of Hepatitis C were kept quiet in the last three years.
A Canadian man was allegedly caught at the Detroit-Windsor border trying to re-enter Canada with 51 live turtles strapped to his legs. We could spend hours on a witty headline, but we'll move things along and settle on, “Is that 51 turtles in your pants, or are you just happy to see me?” In the news: Rob Ford will attend Ford Fest, Toronto police take to Twitter to defend use of force, and GO Transit has no idea what dangerous materials are travelling along Metrolinx-owned railway corridors.
It's been days—days!—since anyone was escorted out of a mayoral debate or yelled a racial slur at a prominent local politician on TV. What a quiet week, right? Here's some news to get you to the weekend: James Forcillo will face both second-degree and attempted murder charges in Sammy Yatim’s death, area hospitals are connecting a mini baby boom with last year’s ice storm, and you should never trust a man in a bright green shirt on the Pape bus.
The return of Thursday. Not at all like the return of the Jedi. Nor like the return of the mack. There is your obscure '90s pop culture reference for the day! In the news: Doug Ford wants people to school John Tory in the ways of the working world, Doug Ford also distances himself from racist comments made by a campaign supporter, John Tory will not attend debates if Doug Ford won't be there, and drive-thru groceries in Richmond Hill.
Now that fall has officially arrived, so has cold and flu season. Raise your hand if breathing clearly is a distant memory, and a lingering cough is your new BFF right now! In the news: more money from the province for the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, the TTC also could use some more money from the province to make subway stations fully accessible, a study shows that Torontonians really want to live in walkable neighbourhoods, and Elizabeth Dowdeswell is sworn in as lieutenant-governor.
According to Moody's Analytics, return of NHL hockey will noticeably boost to the Canadian economy due to job creation and spending stimulated by our nation’s pastime. Next time someone nags you about watching too much Coach's Corner, swiftly tell them that hockey helped contribute $4.5 billion to the Canadian economy last year—you’re just doing your part to keep the country thriving. In the news: local lawmakers ponder the legality of UberX, police will pilot test body cameras, Damian Abraham of Fucked Up will moderate a mayoral debate, and a Toronto mother claims a niqab-wearing school bus driver is a safety risk.
After we get through today, the weather promises to be warm for the rest of the week, so get all your work done today and enjoy the last of the summer. In the news this morning: 3,000 people marched in the Toronto portion of Sunday's global climate protest, Olivia Chow returns to her progressive roots, the PC leadership race is (kind of) off to a start, and the Word on the Street festival happened despite rain.
JFL42 launched this week. Is everybody laughing? If we don't laugh enough they'll sic the Just For Laughs Gags crew on the city, so everybody start enjoying yourselves. In the news today: John Tory takes a strong stand on Queers Against Israeli Apartheid, a U of T professor wins an international award, eat dinner to fix Toronto on October 7, and quit flushing so-called flushable wipes.