So, how’s that love hangover treating you today? Here’s some news to bring you back down to reality: A Torontonian wants to live in a tiny home but the city won’t let him, a TDSB trustee is in hot water, taking a trip through the revamped Toronto Reference Library, and a Justin Bieber-themed yoga class.
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Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! It's gonna be a good one. Or something. We have no opinions on this holiday so, uh, go enjoy it if you want to. Everyone do what they want today. If what you want to do is read the news, you've come to the right place! The proposed Kensington Walmart appears to be off the table, TCHC CEO Eugene Jones has been censured by the organization's board of directors, and Rob Ford wants Toronto to get lion's share of the federal government's infrastructure fund.
Shia LaBeouf is super-duper sorry for plagiarizing everything and everyone. Can we just accept his apology so we no longer have to suffer through his terrible attempts at narcissistic performance art? We get enough of that at City Hall on the daily. In the news: growing calls for police reform have people asking for Bill Blair to be shown the exit, Toronto’s ombudsman is having a hard time with the increase in complaints about city services, two more pedestrian fatalities are being investigated, and Avery Edison will return to the U.K. today.
Valentine’s Day looms. “I choo-choo-choose you.” In the news: Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Reddit AMA falls flat, TCHC CEO Gene Jones stays put as lawyers investigate allegations of misconduct, and the new federal budget is a hit at City Hall.
Figure skating is like politics, apparently. Scandals flying around everywhere. In the news: distracted drivers in the city get a wakeup call…from a police hearse, Toronto convenience stores really like selling tobacco to minors, a Toronto journalism student creates a Twitter account to document quirky problems at the Olympic Games, and new extreme weather practices are coming to the GTAA this April.
At least the snow is starting to melt... kind of. In the news this Monday morning: Rob and Doug Ford's new YouTube show premieres today; the mayor may have been drinking in B.C.; an Oshawa councillor is in trouble for breastfeeding at city council meetings; and the TCHC CEO is being investigated for wrongdoing.
Weather, am I right? The only thing that could ruin this wonderful Olympics-filled weekend. In the news: police visited Rob Ford's office on Friday and won't say why, Thomas Mulcair thinks Rob Ford is a disappointment, some of Gawker's "crack video" money is going to be spent at the Somali-Canadian Association, and ideas on improving the city.
It's Friday, and everything is all right. Except for the transportation between Union and St. Andrew stations this weekend, because that's off. Some more news: Rob Ford has overseen a continued decline in local community housing, residents favour a public-friendly overhaul of the eastern portion of the Gardiner Expressway, and a Catholic high school student has lodged a human rights complaint.
Who had a nightmare about shovelling snow last night? In the news: Toronto house prices outpace family income, the TDSB spends a lot of money on paint and…a pencil sharpener, Indigo CEO Heather Reisman mourns the closure of the Chapters Runnymede bookstore, and Doug Ford thinks John Tory’s job advice to women is chauvinistic.
Stop watching that clip of Benedict Cumberbatch on Sesame Street already! Here’s some news: council doesn’t know what to do about the Gardiner Expressway, Ontario’s Ombudsman is investigating Hydro One, Toronto’s Somali community is divided about the recommendations of a task force set up by the TDSB, and a young boy with cerebral palsy inspires a new book.
Stuff keeps happening, so here we are again. In the news: Robyn Doolittle’s book about Rob Ford sheds new light on his alleged addiction problems, and Doug Ford doesn’t think too much of that; police are still investigating the mayor; John Tory talks income inequality; a petition to revamp a much-loathed intersection near Billy Bishop Airport; and more snow.
How about that sportsbowl, huh? And the commercials! My goodness. After all that excitement, the news must be a letdown, but here it is anyway: a Canadian is one of Forbes' 30 most important people under 30 in music, Karen Stintz blockaded tree poachers over the weekend, more pigs are getting sick, Sarah Polley won another award, and groundhogs are bad at forecasting the weather.
SUPERBOWL! TOMORROW! FOOTBALL! EXPENSIVE COMMERCIALS! WOO HOO! In the news: the fired Pan Am Games CEO who got more than $500,000 in severance payments, the ex-con media mogul who was booted from the Order of Canada, the fire that destroyed an old church on Dufferin Street, and the GO Transit fare hike that begins today.
It's Friday and you know what that means: just one more day until another disappointingly Drake-less SNL. Oh, well. News for youse: city council passed a budget, retired councillor Norm Gardner is running for mayor, and better pipelines will soon be bringing natural gas to your house.
So I finally listened to a Justin Bieber song. In retrospect it was a really poor life decision. In the news: council approves a 2.23-per-cent property tax increase, a new development at Front and Spadina could revitalize the area in a creative way, trying to declare war on sandwich board signage, and The Biebs is charged with assault.
If life were a '90s soap opera, this would be the point I would like my character to get stuck on a tiny island paradise. When winter passes, I would be rescued and return to life…as my own evil twin. In the news: As Rob Ford visits one community housing apartment to check on the status of unit repairs another building languishes with no heat or hot water, more water main breaks than usual this winter, last year there were 700 known suicide attempts by TDSB students, and a high school class ring lost in 1979 seeks its rightful owner.
Nope. I still can’t get over Pharrell Williams’ hat. In the news: refunds for attendees of Rob Ford’s tardy speech, no post-ice storm rate hike for Toronto Hydro customers, who knows how useful the unelected members of the TTC board really are, a Toronto Zoo keeper helps save a species of fish from extinction, and using Google Glass to turn operating rooms into Tom Cruise’s computer from Minority Report…or something like it.
The Grammys, huh? Wow, they sure did suck. Or maybe not. If you liked them, they were totally cool! And then there's the news: a 23-room mansion in Ontario sells for $6.2 million, children face an uphill battle in getting adequate mental health care, Toronto courtrooms are dealing with Harper's mandatory minimum sentencing regulations, and Ukrainian-Canadians want Canada to stand up for Ukraine's beleaguered protesters.