Newsstand: December 28, 2011




Newsstand: December 28, 2011

Well, that was fun. Now comes the time for sitting at work, staring blankly at your monitor and counting down the seconds until New Year's Eve. In the news today: police are fed up with people tweeting RIDE check locations, Toronto's Awesome Foundation might be expanding, and the Daily Bread Food Bank approaches its holiday goals.

It might look like a winter wonderland through the window, but be careful if you’re going out today, as yesterday’s rain followed by a drop in temperature means there are invisible patches of ice everywhere. Everywhere except your bed, that is.

The Internet has made a lot of things easier, from looking at pornography to whatever people do when they’re not looking at pornography. It probably wasn’t intended, though, to facilitate drivers helping one another avoid police drunk driving checkpoints via Twitter. Yet such has been the case during the holiday season, and some Toronto police officers have had it with this circumvention of the law. On the one hand, police argue the practice endangers lives by allowing drunk drivers to avoid road checks. On the other, motorists argue that yeah, well, whatever.

The Toronto Star checked in with Toronto’s almost year-old chapter of the Awesome Foundation to see what the organization, which gives money to people with cool ideas, is up to. And, as much as we hate the prevalence of the word, it turns out some of the projects being cooked up are pretty, well, awesome. Not only that, interest has been so high that a second chapter might be on its way in 2012, meaning a live stage adaptation of Interview With the Vampire with an all-monkey cast can only be so far off.

Speaking of checking in, the Star also caught up with Toronto’s Kate Middleton look-alike. In case you’re wondering, she still looks like Kate Middleton. So there.

Once in a while, the Toronto Sun puts out a nice little piece about how the Daily Bread Food Bank is coming closer to reaching its holiday goals for money and food thanks to the help of volunteers. And then Sun readers ruin that warm holiday feeling by posting comments that almost exclusively attack the food bank and the notion of charity in general. And the rest of Toronto sighs.