Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss.
- In light of the shooting death of Toronto mother Rochelle Bobb, Mayor John Tory is calling on the federal government to stop the flow of illegal guns into Canada. In a statement to the media, Tory wrote that he will be contacting Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale next week to address the smuggling of illegal firearms into the country. “Sadly, we’ve seen these rises in gun violence before and right now, similar rises are being experienced in other North American cities,” he wrote in his statement. “[O]ne thing we know for sure is that we would not be in the same situation were it not for availability of illegal handguns.”
- Commuting in Toronto can be a frustrating endeavour, no matter the method of transportation. But if you’re stuck in gridlock, you’re probably commuting from the ‘burbs, according to new research from The 10 and 3. Using data from the 2011 National Household Survey, the writers found that the majority of GTA commuters drive, while downtowners are pretty much the only Torontonians to rely on cycling. The one method that brings our city together? The good ol’ TTC.
- It’s been three months since the Toronto Zoo’s rhino calf was born, and he finally has a name: Nandu. The name, meaning “one who is cheerful and happy,” received the majority of more than 11,500 public votes. Not only is Nandu adorable, but he’s also important to his species’ conservation: currently, only about 2,000 Indian rhinoceroses exist in the wild.