Spring Springing, TTC Talking, Wages Wising
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Spring Springing, TTC Talking, Wages Wising

Get your bathing suits out people—spring may finally be here, with the temperature expected to hit 9° today and a sub-tropical 15° tomorrow. (Disclaimer: the phrase “get your bathing suits out” is not intended to recommend or endorse the practice of swimming in Lake Ontario. Residents should always consult with their toxicologist before bathing at beaches in or around the GTA.)
Minimum wage in Ontario is going up from $8.00 an hour to $8.75 today. Economists have expressed concern that the move could result in job losses in a weak economy, but it’s still great news for Torontoist staffers holding down day jobs, most of whom will benefit from the increase.
There won’t be a TTC strike tomorrow, anyway. The unions that will be in a legal position to strike at midnight tonight have both agreed to give at least 48-hours notice before undertaking any job action. Make sure to be pathetically grateful to the surly lout who takes your fare this morning.
Police have arrested a man accused of taking voyeuristic pictures of women at the Eaton Centre. According to the report, the man would approach his unsuspecting targets and discreetly position his cell phone camera to take up-skirt pictures. Discreetly? Really? Is he invisible?
In Canada’s other national game played on ice, the women’s national curling team yesterday beat China 7–4 to take the world championship. Congrats to them, and special thanks to anyone who can explain to me any or all of the following paragraph: “Playing without the hammer, Jones defended well from the start. After Wang played her first shot around her own guard but rolled a shade too far, Jones sent her final shot into the rings to protect Canada’s shot stone. That forced Wang to draw to the button for one.”
Photo by edit felix.