Extra, Extra: Piggygate, PRESTO, and Post-Mos
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Extra, Extra: Piggygate, PRESTO, and Post-Mos

Every weekday’s end, Extra, Extra collects just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss.

  • For those of you who have somehow managed to miss out on city council’s latest scandal, a refresher: our budget chief, Mike Del Grande, of late has taken to bringing a piggy bank with him to meetings, a symbolic reminder that programs cost money and spending money is bad. (No, we are not making this up.) Yesterday, Del Grande’s piggybank disappeared in the midst of a city council meeting, much to his consternation. (Still not making it up.) Distressed pleas for information were made, as were many, many, many jokes. The piggybank has his own hashtag, #piggygate, and a new Twitter account, @LittleRedPiggy. Today, first, a ransom note (really, we couldn’t make this up if we tried), and now, a breakthrough: the pignapper, it seems, was caught on camera! We don’t, as of press time, know who the culprit is, but we expect that the responsible councillor will soon emerge, gravy stained shirt and all. Meanwhile, Mini Mike (yes, that is his name) is back home safe and sound.
  • Former TTC Chair Adam Giambrone has some thoughts on the City’s newfound commitment to the PRESTO fare payment system. Spoiler: he is less enthusiastic than, say, the current chair about the enterprise.
  • In other reactions to TTC moves, transit expert Steve Munro thinks Doug Ford’s plans to sell the naming rights to subway stations may have another problem (besides angering public space activists across the land): our stations are too shoddy for anyone to be interested in the first place.
  • Writer (and Torontoist alum) Sarah Nicole Prickett has some thoughts on how, even though we must keep talking about women’s rights, we need to also consider women’s responsibilities.
  • Paul Aguirre-Livingston, author of last week’s controversial Grid cover story “Dawn of a New Gay,” was on Metro Morning today discussing that piece and the many reactions to it. The audio clip is now online.
  • Our city! Our city! What the fuck, man?!” Shades of Roger Reis: in Vancouver last night, amidst the rioting, one guy standing up for sanity and calm (at about the two minute mark).

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