Doug Ford has happily passed the Better Local Government Act. Just before adjourning until autumn, Queen’s Park voted for Toronto to have 25 city councillors rather than 47, even though a legal challenge led by one council candidate looms:

“I see it like spraying down a building full of cockroaches.” Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti evidently stands behind this quote about what to do about community housing issues around Jane and Finch. The comments came from a Rebel Media show, where Mammo also opined about Jennifer Keesmaat being too attractive to be mayor.

Toronto Sun shutterbug’s protest scuffle bubbles up. Video evidence that a demonstrator lunged at veteran photographer Stan Behal during an Antifa-style rally received little regard from other media outlets. Gradually, it’s being seen as a relevant issue:

The blackout of 2003 came at the right time for anniversary journalism. Somehow, the night the lights went out in Toronto and beyond was deemed worthy of annual commemoration, increasingly tied to nostalgia for a less-wired era. Hitting the number 15 inspired the Toronto Star to reunite with subjects.

Sidewalk Toronto hasn’t revealed whatever it’s hiding. More development details were provided about Alphabet’s proposed project: Quayside could end up with timber structures, raincoats for buildings, and a ban on cars. Still undisclosed are details about what the data will be collected for, which has provoked more detailed suspicion:

We’re living in the golden age of clickbait about CBC sitcoms. Kim’s Convenience keeps getting stateside raves now that it's getting discovered on Netflix. A similar trend surrounds Schitt’s Creek, to the point of its locale being perceived as American:

Correcting two hot topics tackled by 12:36. While a convenience store location for the upcoming movie Shazam! was previously presumed to be near Kensington Market, the trailer set things straight: it’s actually a Busy Bee in Hamilton. Meanwhile, questions over whether “Methodist Rome” has ever been a nickname for Toronto led to the deletion of the phrase's Wikipedia page; the Washington Post column citing the sobriquet still stands uncorrected.

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Canada’s Wonderland will get this new dive roller coaster—the final realization of its original 1981 amusement park section concept, “Frontier Canada.”

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