Toronto’s next seven-year transit itchiness
It’s sort of arriving right on time
Realizing the Ontario government dream of creating a transit line that goes from the Ontario Science Centre to Ontario Place comes with Toronto having to contend with seven years of street closures. Coincidentally, this week marks the seventh anniversary of when John Tory promised his original SmartTrack plan would be ready in seven years.
A restricted list of 18 at CBC
“Words and phrases you may want to think twice about using” gave the Ottawa bureau of CBC News a chance to break out the word cloud to further stoke social media reaction. The reaction made the front page of the National Post, where Jesse Kline contemplates how the public broadcaster came to create this kind of clickbait.
Canadian Race Relations Foundation poll shows support for regulation of online content. The survey from Nanos Research showed nearly four in five back federal action to combat online harms, even though Google and YouTube called for a lighter hand. Meanwhile, a new Twitter policy forbids photos of “private individuals.”
Just one flavour is waffle
Tim Hortons journalism has been reactivated with the launch of Timbiebs, which seem as much about selling merchandise as what amounts to extra-sweet versions of standard doughnut holes. But the other Justin Bieber story of the moment is still lurking, as the Saudis who booked him for a show are responding to calls for cancellation:
Marlowe Granados talks to the best bi-costal elite podcast. How Long Gone expands a growing catalogue of Canadian guests by talking to the Toronto writer about her Parkdale life and nascent literary fame. Granados’s novel Happy Hour racked up plaudits upon its U.S. publication, which has also brought her glossy interviews.
Finally, eight hours to hold you
The Beatles: Get Back docuseries has been supplying its share of Gen Xer takes from the likes of Colby Cosh and Carl Wilson. If there was a postscript, it would have to mention how John Lennon first leaked the resulting album in Toronto. But an epic Twitter thread from Jesse Hawken makes up for the dearth of rockumentary clichés from Peter Jackson: