Extra, Extra: Unexpected Gifts, Underappreciated Trees
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Extra, Extra: Unexpected Gifts, Underappreciated Trees

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

  • The last Saturday before Christmas is often the busiest shopping day of the year, and spending time in overcrowded, sauna-hot stores is likely to put a frown on many faces. So Improv in Toronto‘s Gift for Strangers mission, in which volunteers handed out presents to unsuspecting passersby near the Eaton Centre on Saturday, was both well timed and well placed. Look at those smiles.
  • Will you still be around when the Port Lands development project is finished? According to John Lorinc, writing for Spacing, the way things are going now, it will take a century to build out the area, and Waterfront Toronto needs to start borrowing money to speed things up.
  • Those suffering from Bieber Fever who don’t have tickets to his December 21 concert at Massey Hall had better be ready to shake every last penny from their piggy banks. Toronto Life reports that tickets for the sold-out concert are going for as much as two grand on eBay. People know he cut his hair, right?
  • ‘Tis the season when some people bring conifers into their homes to set them up as tinsel-covered shrines. So what better time to worship the trees in our city, from sunrise redwoods in the east end to a 24-metre red oak in Kipling Heights? From the Globe this weekend, a list of Toronto’s top 10 trees, as selected by local landscape architects, urban designers, ecologists, and business leaders.
  • Craig Silverman posted his annual roundup of media errors today on Poynter.org, and two Toronto publications were lucky enough to make the list. The Toronto Sun and a Toronto Star website both earned recognition, one for calling Bob Kinnear, president of Local 113 of the Amalgamated Transit Union, a “union mob boss” and the other for receiving a request for an unnecessary correction from a reader. We’ll let you guess which is which.

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