Honest Ed's signs off Those patient enough to.

Honest Ed’s signs off

Those patient enough to line up outside for four and a half hours were rewarded with a little bit of Toronto history at an auction of the store’s iconic hand-lettered signs on Monday, March 10. See slide show.


Strombo Night

George Stroumboulopoulos, long-time host of his Tonight talk show on CBC-TV and diehard Montreal Canadiens fan, was named the new host of Hockey Night In Canada as of October 2014. Rogers, which recently acquired Canadian rights to NHL games for $5.2 billion, is attempting to put its own spin on a broadcast that’s grown stale, choosing Stroumboulopoulos to head a Hockey Night dream team. Weird to think of Strombo as the face of the corporatization of hockey.


Chow Launch

Downtowners, rejoice. Olivia Chow is a go for launch. Word came late Tuesday, March 11, that the NDP MP will be entering the mayor’s race officially at an 11 am event Thursday, March 13 in St. James Town. The Chow campaign later announced some structural changes. Jamey Heath, former NDP research and communications head under Jack Layton, will be the campaign’s communications director. More details.

Police blotter

Raw numbers from this week’s police services board agenda

131 Hate/bias crimes reported to police in 2013 – 11 fewer than in 2012.

17 People arrested for hate/bias crimes in 2013 – two more than in 2012.

202 Number of times police used tasers in 2013, 30 per cent of those against “emotionally disturbed” individuals.

2,983 Toronto Police Service employees who earned more than $100,000 in 2013, including 860 employees whose base salary is under $100K.

$98,783 Upper end of salary for Toronto police constables.


Ali Mustafa R.I.P.

“People are on the streets selling their goods, going to the market and trying to make a living as best as they can, living maybe on $2 a day.” Toronto freelance photojournalist Ali Mustafa to NOW last July on the civil war in Syria. Mustafa was killed in an air strike last week. Sixty-three journalists have died in Syria since 2011.



What Huge slabs of ice pushed over the Humber River’s banks

Where Bridge near the Old Mill

Why Early spring breakup

Photo by Mary Lou Morgan

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