Drake, you ho, this is all your fault. The Ontario Municipal Board has approved a high-rise residential project on Queen Street West at 48 Abell Street, just steps from the Gladstone and everything hipsters cherish about Toronto’s arts scene. Developers intend to build 7 condos in total with affordable housing, and the ratio of “normal people” to “artists with cool hair” will be thrown into upheaval. Unfortunately, there’s not much that we or neighbourhood-preservation groups like Active 18 can do. The condo developers officially have the green light.
Been outside yet? It’s icy and cold! There were almost 100 highway accidents before 6 am, and over 50 flights from Pearson have been cancelled. Traffic is slow and people are falling over on the sidewalks. Squirrels are sliding off power lines and falling to their deaths. In traditional Iroquoian folklore, this is seen as a herald of the imminent apocalypse.
Toronto-based company Comwave Telecom Inc. claims the rights to the iPhone trademark in Canada, to the dismay of both Apple and Cisco. Right, Comwave. Because you didn’t know that one day Apple would invent a product called the iPhone and they’d come knocking down your door with millions of dollars to buy the trademark. It seems the iPhone battle has only just begun.
The Star’s front page reports that welfare rates have only increased from $957/month in 1995 to $1,008/month at present, despite inflation and doubled gas prices. Unacceptable!
Ontario Lieutenant-Governor James Bartleman is campaigning for donations of gently used books for First Nations students in Nunavut and the North West Territories. The book drive is intended to encourage literacy and “develop the self-esteem that comes from an education.” If you’ve got ’em, take your quality picture books and pre-teen fiction to a police station by January 31 and send them up North.
Photo courtesy of Active 18.