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- Toronto has a new hero: Doo Doo the Clown. On Sunday afternoon, a man was seen “rampaging” down Front Street, accosting pedestrians and jumping onto the hoods of cars. Shane Farberman—otherwise known by his clowning alias, Doo Doo—was driving down the street when saw the man push a woman. He opened the door of his car and screamed at the woman and her friend to get in, taking them to safety. Farberman says he’s received messages of appreciation from around the world; Toronto shout-outs include a tweet from infamous Twitter-dad Councillor Norm Kelly.
- The TTC Board meets today, and will probably impose a fair hike for the new year. The transit service is forecasting a $53-million shortfall for its $1.7-million 2016 operating budget. If it accepts the recommendations of its budget committee (earlier Sunday morning openings, enhanced bus service, more reliable streetcar and bus service) that debt will rise to $58 million. With this in mind, TTC chair Josh Colle (Ward 15, Eglinton-Lawrence) has suggested a cash fare hike of as much as 25 cents. Other suggestions on the table include raising the cost of tokens by 10 cents and freezing the Metropass, which would raise $23 million for the system.
- In a recent study published by Citi Foundation, Toronto ranks first in youth employment opportunities. The “Accelerating Pathways Study” compared economic environment for youth in 35 major cities around the world, based on 31 key indicators. Toronto tied in first place 14 of the indicators, including local government support for youth, access to technology and ease of opening a new business.