Unless you’re just coming off a three-day bender, you already know that Australian actor Heath Ledger died in New York yesterday, an event covered by the media with the familiar dead celebrity combination of prurience and gravitas. Still, he was good at what he did and he had a little girl and it’s sad.
Good news, everybody! Dalton McGuinty has announced that there will be no recession, in spite of deepening pessimism on the part of economists and the imminent bankruptcy of the world’s largest economy. He also suggested we help the economy by shopping. Go buy yourself something pretty, baby, we’re celebrating.
McGuinty’s unwarranted optimism may have stemmed from a 509-point jump in the TSX stock index yesterday after the Bank of Canada cut interest rates by 25 basis points. On the other hand, a spectacular 75 basis point “Hail Mary” cut by the U.S. Fed only succeeded in holding the Dow Jones Index to a 100-point loss, and today promises more volatility.
An “alarming number” of kids in the GTA are getting sick from folk medicines that contain toxins like lead and mercury, says a poison expert at Sick Kids Hospital. If by “alarming number,” he means “more than none,” that sounds about right.
The National Post reports that Toronto could soon be a truly world-class city, at least in the board game world, by becoming one of the “Great Cities” that will replace street names in the upcoming Monopoly Here & Now: World Edition. The winners are being selected by online vote, and you get to vote for ten cities, so you might also want to throw in a ballot for some lesser-known contenders like Cardiff or Bratislava.
Illustration by Marc Lostracco.