Extra, Extra: John Tory Talks SmartTrack in London, Back to the Future for the Jays, and a Café Criticized for its Art

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Extra, Extra: John Tory Talks SmartTrack in London, Back to the Future for the Jays, and a Café Criticized for its Art


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  • If you’re looking for John Tory, you won’t find him at City Hall. That’s because the mayor has flown to London, where he’s talking transit with Britain’s Secretary for State, Patrick Loughlin. London is scheduled to open its Crossrail line transit project in 2018—Tory has often cited it as his inspiration for SmartTrack. With his own plan facing scrutiny, Tory hopes the folks in London can give him advice for how to move forward, and maybe a little PR boost too. Maybe they’ll sit him down with a strong cup of tea and give him some tough-love about the problematic venture.
  • 4:29 p.m. today marks the exact date and time that Doc Brown travelled to in the cult-classic film Back to the Future II. While fans are celebrating with different events and screenings around the city, the concept of ‘back to the future’ rings eerily true for Jays fans. That’s because in 1985 (the year the movie takes place), the team had a 3-1 series lead in the ALCS, only to lose the next three games to the Kansas City Royals. Here’s hoping the Jays win the next three in this version of the future, starting with game five this afternoon.
  • I Deal Coffee has found itself in some hot water over its artistic judgment. Local artist Gregory Alan Elliott currently awaits a verdict on criminal harassment charges related to his conduct on Twitter against Toronto feminists Steph Guthrie and Heather Reilly. The case against Elliott has drawn international attention, and local café I Deal Coffee is now caught in the middle of it because it currently features Elliott’s Twitter quotations as art on their walls. The café has received criticism on Facebook for its choice in décor from those who would rather not engage with Elliott’s words while trying to enjoy their coffee.
  • From today’s edition of 12:36: Rob Ford beat Norm Kelly to 200,000 followers on Twitter. Kelly’s hippity-hoppity jibber-jabber doesn’t seem to have netted him the post-election bump he needed to to cross the 200,000-follower threshold. (It didn’t help that he hasn’t been tweeting much lately.) So, without even having to mention his mortal enemy Justin Trudeau, it’s RoFo FTW. (Want more 12:36? Subscribe to it now.)

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