The Three Top Graduating Firefighters Are Women, Tragically Hip Scalpers Ruin All the Fun, and Toronto's Bike Lane Crackdown
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The Three Top Graduating Firefighters Are Women, Tragically Hip Scalpers Ruin All the Fun, and Toronto’s Bike Lane Crackdown

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  • For the first time ever, the top three graduates of the
    Toronto Fire Services were women. The leader of the TFS training department says that over the course of his career, he’s seen a dramatic shift in the way women are treated, and that the profession is increasingly open and accepting. Whytney Hooker, who graduated at the top of the class this year, says this change is part of a generational shift, and that the guys in her class were all supportive of her success.
  • Thanks to some awful scalpers, the Ontario Attorney-General will look into the fast resale of tickets for the Tragically Hip’s farewell tour. Tickets for the iconic Canadian band’s last shows were quickly gobbled up, and appeared on resale sites for exponentially higher prices minutes later. Ontario is one of three provinces that restricts scalping, but those rules are almost never enforced. The last shows for the Tragically Hip should have a really devoted crowd. Some of them will have paid more than 43 times the original ticket price.
  • Toronto’s crackdown on bike lane parking infractions has officially begun. Well, it officially began on Monday, but a paltry 39 tickets were handed out. That number spiked to 96 yesterday, for a total of 139 tickets handed out so far. The trouble with giving out parking tickets to vehicles in bike lanes is the vehicles are usually occupied, so the drivers just move, which is better than nothing. The other problem is delivery drivers who park in bike lanes when they move their goods from trucks into the store or restaurant. To tackle this problem, the TPS will not only ticket the trucks, but also shame them on Twitter.