Bull market goes to pasture
Who didn't see the bloodletting on Bay Street coming? Answer: the beanheads in the PM's inner circle, blowing billions in corporate tax cuts and a useless 1 per cent reduction in the GST instead of trying to save jobs in the beleaguered manufacturing sector. Now we're on the precipice without a parachute.
That boxed-in feeling
City rolls out new jumbo recycling bins, causing a stink among environmentalists freaked by plans to use the monsters to gobble up bulky polystyrene.
Pot prince takes the rap
Weed disciples gasp for air - and reach for another hit just to make sure they have their heads on straight - as pot prince Marc Emery cops to a five-year prison deal with the DEA. We're still waiting to exhale on that one, but it appears Emery's now having second thoughts.
Lawyer Julian Falconer's report on school safety paints a disturbing picture of gangs and guns. With the media too quick to jump on the more alarming bits, public outrage over the shooting of Jordan Manners at C.W. Jefferys turns to hysterical talk of putting cops on patrol in the hallways of our high schools. Yeah, that'll help calm racial tensions.
Toronto school board does the right thing and votes for a black-focused school, despite race-baiting and fearmongering by a few overzealous trustees and their supporters in the peanut gallery.
Taser Inc. execs come to town to calm fears about a cop plan to buy high-voltage guns after a number of taser-related deaths across the country. Opponents leave the PR session hosted by the Police Services Board unimpressed, but T.O. police go ahead with plans to outfit every Tom, Dick and Harry on the force with the volt guns anyway. Stunner.
Star's Harris heresy
On the 10th anniversary of Mike Harris's hated amalgamation of T.O., the Star heralds the mangling of participatory city democracy as "the natural next step in a remarkable evolution." The blow job to the cost-cutting Harris hordes failed to mention the tens of thousands across the city who feel more under-represented than ever.
CAMH goes greenless
CAMH decides that it can't let a little leafy green get in the way of progress and decides to chop 44 green giants on the front lawn to make room for sprawling redevelopment - messing with the headspace in the process.
SmartCentres' proposed revamp of the Leslieville film studio lands begins to show the big-box influence locals feared.
When white's right-wing
An ugly colour flap explodes south of the border in the Democratic party when Barack Obama, a little-known first-term senator from Illinois, takes the Iowa primary from Hillary Clinton. The worst - and best - is yet to come.