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.
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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.
A new study by a Toronto ad agency finds that Canadians actually enjoy commuting. So when you’re cursing loudly and banging on your steering wheel because the 401 is at a standstill, remember that deep down you’re really having a good time. In the news: a new audit reveals security for the Pan Am Games is behind schedule and over budget, ticks carrying Lyme disease were found in Rouge Valley, and Presto cards are coming to new streetcars this weekend. Finally.
The Weather Network is forecasting colder-than-average temperatures from eastern Saskatchewan through to New Brunswick this winter. Unless Ontario gets some legs and heads west to hang out with British Columbia, this means we’re officially in for it. In the news: Doug Ford is still considering a bid for leadership of the PC party, a Markham private golf club is set to sell for $412 million, the province pledges $65 million to improve mental health services, and the Toronto Public Library board proposes security budget cuts.
RIP Pat Quinn. You will be missed. In the news: A transport plan for the Pan Am Games, a (likely) end to paid plasma donations in Toronto, a list of dead pets, and a warning to condo builders to slow down new builds.
Don't forget to cheer on the Raptors tonight as they play the Phoenix Suns. #WeTheNorth, right, everyone? We can't leave Drake out there alone. The news this morning: the zoo's revenue is down, a man wants prosthetic legs but can't get them, the TPS website goes down after a DDoS attack, and don't trust something as important as your wedding to a stranger from the internet.
The weather's not bad! Get out there and enjoy a crisp fall-winter day today, but not until after you read the news: A man acquitted of murder is suing the Peel police, Peel city councils need more diversity, and the Pan Am Games mascot has cost Toronto a lot of money.
The Toronto Raptors extended an olive branch to Vince Carter by playing a tribute video honouring the former Raptor at Wednesday night's game. It's nice to see bygones be bygones, isn't it? In the news: Former TCHC houses are earning a lot more than their asking price on the market, a North York condo goes without power for four days, 80 more layoffs at Bell Media, and an imminent price increase at Tim Hortons.
Forget kale—according to some Peruvians, frog juice is the real superfood. Yuck. There is no scientific evidence that it can actually cure asthma and bronchitis as claimed, so let's hope this trend isn't coming to Whole Foods any time soon. In the news: a culture of intimidation at the TDSB, more layoffs at Walmart, a $1,200 airplane Wi-Fi bill, and drug charges laid in connection with the Liberty Village apartment explosion.
Apparently Charles Manson was granted a marriage licence and plans to marry his 26-year-old fiancee some time before February. For the perpetually single, try not to let your morning be ruined by the fact that a convicted murderer will be married before you. In the news: A condo in Liberty Village was evacuated following an explosion, Conservatives held on for victory in the Whitby-Oshawa by-election, a police blitz targeted illegally parked drivers, and a lack of accurate statistics about sexual assaults on the TTC.
With the snowfall last night that stuck around after it finished, it's clear: we're in it now. Winter has come. There's nothing for it but to curl up inside with a warm blanket and the news, and wait for spring. Here are today's highlights to get your hibernation started: a closer look at the Toronto Police Service budget recommendations, a senior Toronto police officer's G20 hearing begins, and Conrad Black is selling (part of) his enormous estate.
The news this morning: a drunk cop earns an impaired driving conviction after crashing his car and flashing his badge to bystanders; John Tory is taking up the fight against child poverty; and a Toronto woman is granted funding for treating a life-threatening illness.
Last week Interstellar opened and next week the second-last Hunger Games movie will open, so this week just enjoy your family and friends. And the news, of course: police are upset with a report on their carding practices, TTC chair Maria Augimeri would like to see the provincial government provide operational subsidies for the TTC, Premier Kathleen Wynne's government has strong words for the Beer Store, and Doug Ford is more popular than the PCs in Toronto.
Snow. It is coming. Be ready. In the news: a $4,219 price tag on Pan Am Games internal documents, a dodgy presentation to high school students about nutrition from the sugar industry, and an old policy that might make it tricky for banks to issue mortgages for micro condos.
Yesterday, clothing retailer The Gap got called out for poor taste because of its gloriously inappropriate idea to offer Remembrance Day sales. A Tesco store in England may have one-upped them, though, by offering remembrance-themed pizzas featuring pepperoni and bell pepper poppies. Tasteless marketing knows no bounds. In the news: the negative impact of Crosstown LRT construction on Eglinton Avenue West businesses, a new smartphone app for Beck Taxi, a colon surgery live on Twitter, and platform-edge safety doors to prevent subway track suicides.
Lest we forget. In the news: Rob Ford will not attend today’s Remembrance Day ceremony at Old City Hall, a disabled man videotapes three hours of ridicule he endured while walking on Toronto streets, a petition to keep a controversial “dating coach” out of Canada gains ground, and the story of a Burlington resident who survived the Second World War by going into hiding for over two years.