Queen West burning
A six-alarm blaze levels historic storefronts on Queen West, bringing down some of the city's best remaining examples of 1870s Italianate design. The irony: Queen West's historic designation fails to save the area from Home Depot a stone's throw away.
Sugar not so sweet
The city unveils its newest plan for an urban oasis on the waterfront: Sugar Beach. Its designers imagine "the peaceful, contemplative urbanity" evoked in the Georges Seurat painting Bathing At Asnières. Only, like HTO Park further west, it's not actually for swimming. The TEDCO-Corus box planned for the plaza nearby is nothing special to look at either.
When we were fab
Pink Triangle, the queer folk behind the Xtra group of gay rags in Toronto, Vancouver and Ottawa, swallows up fab. So far, PT's kept its promise not to turn quirky, lifestyle-lovin' fab into another earnest gay rights Xtra knockoff. We're keeping a sharp eye out.
Revered sons of a hockey-crazed city, the Maple Laughs scowl through a free outdoor practice at Withrow Park, putting a damper on the frigid experience for the dozens of kids who came out to see their heroes. Spoiled sports.
After fumbling and fuming, the Libs signal their intention to seek a parliamentary consensus with the Tories on the war in Afghanistan, ending any hope of bringing our troops home by 2009. Where the body count will end, nobody knows.
Gay rights not human rights
The Canadian International Development Agency ignores pleas from Egale Canada to hold back $600 million in funding to Jamaica until the government of the gay-hating nation does something to stop machete-wielding mobs from attacking homosexuals. The god-awful folk running Ottawa don't rate gay rights as human rights.
Federal budget makes us barf
The Tories commit $10 billion of a $12 billion surplus to "debt reduction" and the Grits can't find anything to vote against.