Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss.
- Aiming to give a boost to the Toronto Public Library’s holiday donation drive, an anonymous group has created the Rob Ford Book Club, to which library fans can donate $10 or more in the name of whoever they choose, and the club will send that person a gift card (the organizers suggest making a donation in Rob Ford’s name). Click here to find out how to donate.
- Do you know what your neighbours are hiding? It might be feathered. Toronto Life talked to nine closeted hen-havers in the city, and discovered that backyard chickens are becoming Toronto’s favourite pets-with-benefits.
- The Toronto Zoo has issued an update on the progress of its African Penguin Breeding program, and it includes news on everyone’s favourite bonded-penguin duo, Buddy and Pedro. As it turns out, Buddy and his buddy enjoy the company of female penguins as well as each other. After having been introduced to their female partners, Buddy, who met his lady friend on November 19, has been observed participating in breeding activity, while Pedro, who was introduced to a group of females on December 1, has been courting a special someone but has yet to go “all the way.”
- If you missed the chance to don a Santa hat and strip down to your skivvies to support the Hospital for Sick Children, maybe pick up A History of Healing, a book on the hospital’s 135-year history, that just came out. See a selection of the photos here.