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Who Killed the Billionaire Founder of a Generic Drug Empire?

Re: Barry and Honey Sherman. There’s a surprising amount of Frank D’Angelo in this article

Gambling industry eyes Toronto waterfront

“If the Premier decides he wants a casino, he’s going to get a casino.”

Sure, a great part of Doug Ford’s motivation for shrinking Toronto City Council is spite, but part of it is surely this. If he wants to have his way with Toronto, he needs a compliant Council, and the 25 wards tips the balance of power in favour of conservative, suburban, Ford-allied Councillors. I’m pretty sure I’ve read that gaming companies were major Ford campaign donors, although I can’t find the link now. Plus, there’s this article

Toronto cyclists are using pool noodles to combat dangerous drivers

Who Just Beat the Bay Area in Tech Jobs? Toronto

Last call at Massey Hall: fans and musicians share their stories

It’s closing down for 2 years for renovations (that sound pretty great BTW)

Toronto wants mid-rise housing, but can we afford it?

Yes, but developers make more money from high-rise, so they’re not into it. I like this idea though, despite it paining me as well as it would transform many great (albeit unaffordable) neighbourhoods:

Expand densification deeper into Toronto’s sleepy, leafy, low-rise neighbourhoods. [Ted Kesik] argues that the city should open up the so-called “yellowbelt” (areas where single-family homes predominate) to allow for fourplexes and other mini-condos to be built. He suggests the return of the so-called Toronto Specials of the 1950s and ‘60s that responded to an earlier wave of immigration would do a lot to let homeowners unlock the value in their land, and create more affordable options for newcomers and new families.

I would also hope that the reforms to the OMB – it’s now the LPAT – might close the door to out-of-control high-rise construction.

JAZZ.FM91 listeners stunned at changes, allegations of misconduct at beloved radio station

Sad! Hope someone can right the ship… “it’s one of only three all-jazz radio stations in North America.”

Torontonians like to sound off on Americans’ inability to deal with guns and gun deaths. But Toronto’ s inability to deal with the car creates its own killing fields.

The SARS crisis took 44 lives in Canada. Ninety-three pedestrians or cyclists have died on the streets of Toronto since Vision Zero was implemented two years ago. The time for half-measures is over — and the half measures are not working, anyway.

Rob Ford’s widow sues Doug Ford, alleging he has deprived her and her children of millions

So that’s some news.

Courage is not about the absence of fear or anger or extreme emotion. The definition of courage is, when experiencing those emotions, refusing to let them govern your behaviour. Staying true to yourself and your values, doing what you know is right, and necessary, despite the heightened emotion. Courage is finding it in yourself to rise to an occasion rather than being diminished by it.

The truths Canada needs to remember

We have our flaws but there’s a lot to like in how Toronto, Canada reacted to this attack. I’m still really moved by the cop who didn’t shoot the guy.

The Meadoway: 16 km stretch of urban park will connect downtown to Scarborough 

They are going to build a mixed-use path the length of this hydro corridor.

Damian Lewis to Play Controversial Ex-Toronto Mayor Rob Ford in Thriller

Bike lanes help, not hurt, suburbs, Keesmaat says

She makes a good point.

This is really about the kind of city we’re creating. It’s about much, much more than bike lanes… It’s also about the revitalization of our suburbs. Are we going to reinforce this idea that they are just places that you get through on your way to somewhere else, or are we going to start creating a critical mass of activity and animation and economic activity, so you don’t need to go downtown to be in a great environment?

How bike lanes could get Toronto’s suburbs moving

Interesting stuff about cargo trikes.

The Toronto Public Library’s Ebook Jazz

I have been really digging the Libby app that works with OverDrive, which is the ebook system that the TPL uses (as do many libraries). It’s a well done app that works great on phone and iPad reading-wise. On the down side, the system is founded on the artificial scarcity of electronic items, meaning it replicates the “hold” system of physical books – as usual, this is so someone can monetize it. On the plus side, free books! You just have to wait a little, or a lot, depending on what you want. But really, there are always some great, obscure books to be found that have no wait at all. The app also handles audiobooks and I’ve made use of that during this pat leave, taking long walks with the baby in the frigid Canadian winter listening to the icy tales of a doomed arctic expedition. As one does.

There is also a magazine service that uses an app called RBDigital which is not good. It works though, and it means you get pretty much any magazine you want, for free. Furthermore with your TPL card you also get free streaming access to the Criterion Collection, along with many other things I haven’t tried yet – see all of them here. If you live in Toronto you should check it out.

Mayor John Tory blasted for saying it’s ‘unusual’ for Toronto parents to live without a car

To save you a click: it’s not.

Toronto serial killer suspect now faces five first-degree murder charges

Scarborough Subway Escapes Scrutiny Despite Mistakes and Missteps

What an embarrassment

People City prompts a journey down memory lane

Transit now rules the road as King Street pilot project launches

Surprisingly, it seems like a success so far? I hope enforcement keeps up

Toronto condo prices reach new heights

$1,000 per square foot. Scary thought re future affordability:

“An average 800 square foot condo is going to have to rent for around $4,000 a month just for that investor to break even.”

Here’s the finished film.