Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss.
- The City of Toronto is holding a “cat adoption blitz” this weekend. In honour of Black Friday, the usual $75 adoption fee will be waived for anyone wanting to take home a kitten or cat with any black colouring. There are more than 150 cats up for adoption at City shelters and adoption partner locations, and all of them have been sterilized, micro-chipped, vet-checked, de-wormed, and vaccinated. Black cats and dogs tend to be adopted less quickly than animals of any other colour. The phenomenon is so prevalent there’s actually a name for it: black dog syndrome.
- Dufferin Station will be closed this weekend so the TTC can finish modernizing it. The project started four years ago and includes new public art, parking for bikes, and a green roof. TTC workers will be putting the finishing touches on the station’s new stairs, ceilings, and floors. They’ll also be testing the its three new elevators, which will make Dufferin the 33rd fully accessible TTC subway station. The station will reopen on Monday at 6 a.m.; during the closure trains will bypass the station, and shuttle buses will run between Lansdowne and Ossington stations.
- The Toronto Maple Leafs managed to win a game last night after getting trounced by the lowly Buffalo Sabres last weekend and then following up that spectacle by letting the Nashville Predators score on them nine times Tuesday night. That’s right: nine times. Fans, naturally, were upset by these performances, and some took to throwing their jerseys on the ice in disgust—acts that the Leafs’ star winger Phil Kessel called “classless.” That word could also be used to describe what the Leafs did last night after managing not to have their asses handed to them by the Tampa Bay Lightning: the players, spontaneously, it would seem, failed to do the usual stick-raising salute to the crowd before heading off the ice. Apparently the gesture was meant not as snub, but as an attempt to influence the team’s “karma.” Perhaps if they spent more time learning how to play hockey and less time trying to manipulate cosmic forces…