Still no snow, and halfway through November? Prairie transplants all over the city must be growing more uncomfortable by the day. In the news: a longtime breakfast program for homeless men may close soon; forget Rob Ford, because Bill Blair went on a fishing trip last year; proposed new rules for taxis; Bixi may be safe in Toronto; and, yes, Rob Ford.
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At what age does it become socially unacceptable to stay in your pyjamas all day? In the news: Rob Ford is likely going to have a rough day, enjoy a side of sinkhole with your broken water main, government contracts are awarded for both the Eglinton Crosstown LRT and Ontario Place, Nuit Blanche is raking in the dough, and a real invisibility cloak.
Cold enough for ya? In the news: Broken water mains for everyone, aid continues to pour in across the city for those devastated by Typhoon Haiyan, Toronto Police release more information about the city's 51st traffic-related fatality of 2013, Rob Ford may or may not be at the Santa Claus Parade, and Samsung gives stuff to cool Torontonians so not-as-cool Torontonians will covet it.
Should one say "Happy Remembrance Day"? Probably not. But we're certainly thinking about the fact that it's Remembrance Day. Today: a local lawyer opposes the potential newest Supreme Court justice; hospital cuts in Scarborough and Durham spark protests; a former employee sues online dating site Ashley Madison; the city's Filipino community tries to help its homeland in the wake of a horrific typhoon; and there's another thing you need to do to be a good parent.
It's Saturday, so you just go ahead and keep making all the weird noises you want. And read some news: the crack video broker tells of bribes and threats, a judge contemplates showing the video in court, a cyclist was struck by police, and a memento of these recent days.
The Rob Ford news buffet dished up some new entrees yesterday, and as usual it's time to pick up our plates and gorge ourselves on the latest developments. So, let's just get this over with. In the news: All things Rob Ford, there won't be any Tasers for police, and fake pot.
Thursday enough for ya? Try some news with this weekday: TTC needs more money from the City, Doug Ford doesn't attend Chief of Police Gala, Rob Ford is trying to see the video, Sandro Lisi gets a lot of phone calls, and James Forcillo faces a hearing.
The admission we were all waiting for finally came, but it felt a little underwhelming, didn't it? Probably because the "I did it one time in a drunken stupor" defence seems rather flimsy by now. In the news: Rob Ford, of course; the Ford brothers and their enemies Bill Blair, the media, and city council; and calls for tougher distracted driving laws.
Less than a week left in this Mercury Retrograde, people. Praise be to Susan Miller. In the news: Rob Ford is still mayor, Ryerson suspends hockey players for drinking, Bill Blair wants a lot more Tasers, a new report on youth violence in Toronto, and happy news for the Toronto Wildlife Centre.
Monday again, people. Let's just do what we can to get through it together. In the news today: it's practically Christmas already; Rob Ford exists, so people are talking about him; pedestrians are in danger because of Daylight Savings Time; and Sammy Yatim would have been 19 this week.
Has anything happened this week that didn't involve Rob Ford and his (alleged) drug problem? Logic would tell us yes, but newspaper coverage would not. In the news: Rob Ford (duh), an inquest into the deaths of three mentally ill Torontonians gunned down by police, and elderly people love they deals.
We knew it was coming, but somehow it's a little less than satisfying, isn't it? Oh, who am I kidding? Thank you, Bill Blair, for being like the Santa Claus of Halloween yesterday. In the news: A recap of the Rob Ford situation, actual vermin takes up residence at City Hall, a mobile market hits Toronto streets, and Drake is moving on.
For those who celebrate Halloween via drinking, is the holiday celebrated the weekend before the mid-week holiday or after? I'd like to know. In the news today: Part of a document outlining the investigation of Alessandro Lisi's arrest to be revealed today, garbage collection fees set for charities and religious institutions, the fate of Bixi remains unknown, Casa Loma will be operated by Liberty Entertainment Group for the next 20 years, and Porter gets some international recognition.
Don't go to work—it's a bad idea. In the news: a disciplinary tribunal was held yesterday for the first of 32 police officers to face a G20 misconduct hearing, Mayor Rob Fords thinks scrapping City recreation fees is bunk, five Toronto hospitals are the recipients of a $50-million donation, and a man has been hit by a TTC bus.
They call it a stormy Monday, but Tuesday's just as bad. In the news: Rob Ford's delightful thoughts on the 2014 mayoral race, Doug Ford also offers his take on the future election, rules of the road for the e-bike, a TTC caution against passenger vigilantism, the (possible) return of photo radar, and Childish Gambino hits up Trinity Bellwoods.
This Monday goes out to all the Howie Dorough fans out there. You know who you are. In the news: Honest Ed's sold, Karen Stintz officially in the running, Lisi warrants could come out soon, a new report says sprawl is the worst, and a delay for a new St. Lawrence Market building.
It's Saturday and it's raining so who cares. In the news: there's a uranium plant near you (but it's safe); daycares galore in the east end, many of them unlicensed; and the National Post reported something to the TTC, and then reported on the follow-up.
It's Friday! Happy belated birthday, Drake. Your card is in the mail. In the news: Toronto Community Housing Corp. won't be getting its pricey office reno (yet), the great GTA casino debate might be reopened, province-wide animal welfare reforms will impact Toronto zoos and aquariums, the CNE saw a dip in attendance this year, and Rob Ford marks three years as mayor of this fine city.