Happy Labour Day! In the news: Torontonians are mostly fine with a council appointment, police rescue a (possibly terribly high) man from a great height, some GTA kindergarten classrooms aren't ready, Raonic has a shot at the U.S. Open quarter-finals, a fire destroys a tourist attraction near Waterloo, and Bieber and his security dudes descend on Toronto.
A new poll showed that most Torontonians are okay with the appointment of a replacement for departed city councillor Doug Holyday, who was elected MPP earlier in the summer. Mayor Rob Ford strongly favoured holding a by-election for Ward 3 (Etobicoke Centre) but was outnumbered in a council vote on the matter last week. A Forum Research poll for the Toronto Sun found that 51 per cent of respondents approved of the council decision, while 33 per cent disapproved and 15 per cent were undecided. Ford supporters were more likely to disapprove, and Forum said the issue was of limited interest outside of Ward 3. “The reality of it is everyone else outside of Ward 3 is thinking we could save a quarter of a million dollars,” Forum Research president Lorne Bozinoff told the Sun.
Some Toronto police officers and one unidentified man had a harrowing start to September after cops rescued the man from the 23rd-floor ledge of his apartment building. The man, in his 30s, climbed out onto the window ledge of an apartment building on Charles Street East near Jarvis Street in the early afternoon, and was out there for about 15 minutes before police were able to coax him back inside via a nearby balcony. Cops said they believed the man was high on methamphetamines. “The drugs were making him think something was going on in the apartment building that wasn’t actually happening,” said Staff Sgt. Dan Crosby of 51 Division. Don’t do drugs, kids.
Toronto kids go back to school on Tuesday, but that doesn’t mean that all of the schools themselves are ready—10 Toronto classrooms won’t be ready for full-day kindergarten students on September 3. A Toronto District School Board spokesperson acknowledged that some classrooms won’t be ready until the end of the month, but said students will be accommodated in alternate rooms until they are.
Thornhill native and Canada’s top singles tennis player Milos Raonic has a shot at a quarter-finals berth at the U.S. Open–he plays Richard Gasquet today in New York. Raonic has won 10 of his last 12 matches, and made it to the final of the Rogers Cup. Here’s hoping his hot streak continues.
The main building of the St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market, located just north of Waterloo, was destroyed by fire very early this morning. Firefighters described the two-storey building as a “total loss” and the cause is as yet undetermined. Fortunately, there were no injuries. The fire came during the busy harvest season and destroyed what has been a popular local and tourist attraction for the area.
Justin Bieber had a busy weekend back in the GTA. First he lost a necklace worth tens of thousands of dollars in an altercation between a fan and his security detail at the Toronto nightclub Uniun. A fan approached Bieber for a photo at about 3 a.m. on Saturday and was shoved to the ground by Bieber’s security team. The club’s operations manager told the Toronto Star that Biebs lost a gold chain reportedly worth $40K in the melee. Then he hit the AGO to serenade Erica Shnaider, daughter of billionaire condo developer Alex Shnaider, at her sixteenth birthday party. That house party you had for your 16th birthday was weak.