Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss.
- The TORONTO sign has stayed off the chopping block—at least until the fall. It’s been a rough few weeks for the popular backdrop of countless selfies after City Council figured out they’d actually had to pay to maintain it. Yesterday, the City’s economic development committee voted to have City staff take another look at the request for the $150,000 it will take to maintain the sign and “fine-tune” it by October 24. While the big sign is safe until then, the idea of a miniature Toronto sign rolling around the City to special events was killed yesterday. May the small sign rest in peace.
- If you’re looking to sell some counterfeit TTC tokens, be careful—your buyers may be the cops. Toronto police arrested 25-year-old WeiWei Zheng for allegedly trying to sell phony tokens. Police say they found 210 of the fake tokens during his arrest. To be fair, what are you supposed to with 210 fake tokens other than sell them off as quickly as possible? You have to get rid of ’em before they go the way of the dodo.
- Finally, pedestrians at intersections in Toronto may be saved from having to attempt to be polite by doing that weird half walk, half jog at intersections. John Tory announced plans Thursday to retime 357 traffic signals so that people will have more time to cross the street. The newly timed intersections will assume that people only walk at one metre per second, rather than one and one-third metres. People will still walk too slowly and end up subjecting everyone around them to that horrible walk-jog, but Tory says stopping that atrocity isn’t the only purpose for the retiming efforts. It will also keep more lights green and traffic moving more smoothly.