Shelter services for women
A city staff report to the Community Development and Recreation Committee recommends a 24-hour drop-in space for sex workers and vulnerable women not suited to the homeless shelter system. The report also asks staff to look into allowing drug use on site. nowtoronto.com.
Maple Leaf forever
Branches and leaves from the famous tree that inspired Alexander Muir's patriotic song, which was downed by last July's torrential rainstorm, have been repurposed by local designers into lighting fixtures and other items exhibited at Agora Café (3015 Dundas West) until January 26, part of the Toronto Design Offsite Festival. The works will be auctioned to benefit LEAF's urban forest projects.
The city releases its list of the top 10 most-read council documents of 2013, and the Planning Department's report on the controversial Mirvish-Gehry redevelopment on King West wins by miles, garnering more page views online than documents related to an audit of the mayor's fishy campaign spending.
Harper's pro-Israel cred
Among the entourage of more than 200 that accompanied the PM on his visit to the Promised Land this week, a few radical elements were exposed. Among them Julius Suraski, the guy known for his Ford Nation sign on the 400, who also does time as event coordinator for the militant Jewish Defence League.
Local sweetheart Sarah Polley wasn't the only Canadian conspicuously absent from the list of Oscar nominees announced last week. The National Film Board, a mainstay in the documentary and animated shorts categories, missed being nominated for the second year in a row.
An Alberta teen stopped by airport security in Edmonton with a pipe bomb in his camera bag is allowed to board a plane with his family for a vacation in Mexico anyway.