Secret audio of teacher vs her bosses on gender pronouns

There will be some asking why this subject matters. Maybe it doesn’t, but for those who are interested this is a recording made secretly as Lindsay Shepherd, a Wilfrid Laurier University graduate student and teaching assistant, was told she was on the wrong side of the gender pronoun issue — or maybe that there was no other side — by exposing her class to contrary views. She was told she had violated the Canadian Human Rights Code and worse perhaps, created a toxic environment. Goodness.

Loblaw announces plan you make you pay (!) for PC points

The Globe and Mail reports Monday night that Loblaw is planning on testing a fee-based membership program. The company is calling it a “fee” and likening the charge to Amazon Prime and Costco Wholesale programs. Loblaw is said to have unveiled the pilot program called PC Insiders for its PC Plus loyalty members who also have a President’s Choice Financial MasterCard. The plan is to require a $9.99 monthly or $99 yearly fee to get a range of perks any time they use their MasterCard, including:

  • 20 per cent back in PC points on the essentials such as diapers, infant formula, and all PC Organics products in-store and online.
  • 20 per cent back in PC points on all Joe Fresh products in-store and online at
  • 20 times the PC points every day when customers shop online at
  • Free Click & Collect pick-up service at nearly 200 locations.
  • Free shipping on all and purchases.
  • $99 PC travel credit once a year when booking a trip on (annual subscriptions only).

The program is expected to expand next year beyond select PC Plus members who also have the MasterCard.  Globe & MailCBC.

Now news intellectual Charlie Rose accused of misbehaviour

Renowned news interviewer and co-host of CBS This Morning, Charlie Rose, has been suspended after accusations that he walked around naked in the presence of women who worked for the program. His acclaimed interview program on PBS is also suspended. He has said he is sorry for certain behaviour but also insists that not everything that is being said is accurate. Next, the Nebraska Public Service Commission has approved the Keystone XL Pipeline. Then, the Queen and Prince Phillip are marking their 70th wedding anniversary. And finally, there’s an app for criminal conduct on the TTC.

“Intoxicated” mom with kids 3 years, 2 months in collision

Police say a mother of two is facing a charge of impaired driving after her car smacked into two others in Agincourt Saturday night. She was on Kennedy Road near Pently Crescent south of Sheppard around 9 p.m. when she stuck a Mercedes and then a BMW. As reported by City News the impairment was obvious. “When (police) arrived on scene, they found a woman (whose) ability to operate a motor vehicle was impaired,” PC David Hopkinson told 680 News. “She wasn’t just impaired though, she was intoxicated. Her level of consumption of alcohol was fairly high.” A three-year-old and a two-month old infant were not injured.

Students can opt out of strike-twisted semester with refund

Minister Deb Matthews said Monday that students who decide to withdraw from the semester because of the five-week strike of teachers may receive a full tuition refund. All full-time students will also be eligible to receive up to $500 for unexpected costs such as child care fees, rent and re-booked transit tickets. Ontario Student Assistance Program aid or OSAP will also be extended into December to accommodate extended semesters, the minister’s statement said. On Sunday, the Legislature passed an act that ended the college labour dispute


Police have announced the arrest of Tristan Anthony Miller, 26, of Toronto on charges of two counts of assault with a weapon (liquid in a spray bottle) and two counts of administer noxious substance  A man was wanted for spraying people with an unknown liquid on the subway on Friday.


Nebraska’s Public Service Commission has approved the passage of TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline through the state in a 3 to 2 vote, but not along its preferred route for the $10 billion project. The panel has voted for the proposed mainline route, which follows the company’s preferred route for the north of the state before veering further east to more closely align with TransCanada’s existing pipeline in the state. In a written decision, the panel said it was in the public’s interest to put the new pipeline nearer to the current one to maximize monitoring resources, to impact less of the habitat of endangered species, and other route benefits –CP

City of Toronto begins sharing traffic data with Waze App

The City of Toronto issued a media release this morning announcing their new partnership with the Waze traffic app.

November 20, 2017

City of Toronto officially begins sharing traffic data with Waze to help motorists navigate the city

Today, Mayor John Tory announced a new partnership with Waze, the world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation app. Through this partnership, the City of Toronto and Waze will provide free access to each other’s real-time traffic and road data, providing motorists with the best information to navigate the city.

“For the first time, the City is sharing its traffic data with Waze and Waze users. This partnership will give our traffic operations centre better visibility into traffic patterns and provide Waze users enhanced information to plan and adjust their commute,” said Mayor Tory. “Over the last three years, we have finally focused on fighting traffic in Toronto and improving commute times. I am determined to build on the progress we’ve made and continue the fight each and every day.”

Through its Connected Citizens Program, Waze app users will now have access to the City’s traffic data in real-time, providing a greater ability for motorists to avoid road closures, construction and traffic jams. More information about Waze’s Connected Citizens Program is available at

The City will also be able to leverage anonymous Waze driver and traffic insights to make data-driven infrastructure decisions. In the Toronto area alone, there are more than 560,000 active Waze app users. Traffic accidents, hazards and congestion details can also be posted by users in the app. Every app user and trip improves the Waze map, and this data will help City staff better respond to issues as they occur.

“Waze was founded on the belief that we can outsmart traffic together,” said Mike Wilson, Waze Canada’s country manager. “Our partnership with the City of Toronto will empower drivers with real-time information on routes, traffic alerts and road closures to get them to their destination on time. Additionally, by leveraging Waze insights, the City will now have greater visibility into traffic patterns and will be able to make better planning decisions.”

In addition, Waze will help the City to disseminate traffic and road closure information for major events, highway maintenance and pilot projects, such as the King Street Pilot that was launched last week.

About Waze
Waze is the social navigation pioneer, leveraging mobile technology and a passionate global community to redefine expectations of today’s maps. Waze is home to the world’s largest network of drivers who work together daily to outsmart traffic and save time and money. The app consistently recommends the fastest routes based on real-time driving and data from millions of users. From traffic reroutes to low gas price alerts and relevant offers from favourite brands, Waze is one of the most comprehensive driving companions in the marketplace. To download the free Waze app for iOS or Android, visit For more information on Waze privacy policy, visit

Meeting Nov. 27 on plans for proposed Summerhill project

The ABC Residents Association (ABCRA) is reporting that Diamond Corp has applied for an Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment applications for 5 Scrivener Court and 8-10 Price Street development which is impact Yonge St in Summerhill. The amendments are said to allow an eight-storey (35 metre) building and a 26-storey (97.3 metre) building with a total of 182 rental dwelling units, 3,085 square metres of non-residential floor area, and 164 vehicle parking spaces within an underground garage. A consultation meeting will be held November 27. The ABCRA takes its name from boundaries west of Yonge St. being Avenue Rd., Bloor St. and the CP tracks

What: Community Consultation on 5 Scrivener Square and 8-10 Price Street.
When: Monday, November 27, 2017, 7pm to 9pm (time to be confirmed)
Where: Stone Church, 45 Davenport Road

5th week in trial of Millard, Smich for Laura Babcock death

The Laura Babcock murder trial is enters its fifth week of testimony Monday and jurors in a Toronto courtroom will hear from only a handful more witnesses as the Crown is expected to wrap up its case against co-accused Dellen Millard and Mark Smich. CBC   Millard talked of “BBQ mission” month Babcock vanished


Weather Network says “La Niña” suggests a snowy winter 

This is a part of a forecast by the Weather Network calling for a “Classic Canadian Winter”. We shall see. “As a whole, Canadians should expect a wild ride from start to finish,” Chris Scott, Chief Meteorologist at The Weather Network, says of Winter 2017/18. “It’s safe to say we’ll all be participating in winter this year.” An active storm track and a developing La Niña will help define the season.

Santa Parade a joy to behold for thousands on chilly Sunday

The 113th Annual Toronto Santa Claus Parade was everything it should have been Sunday with an estimated 500,000 people bundled up to watch and kids just tickled by the spectacle. It was a joy to behold. As reported by the CBC, the big parade got under way right on time at 12.30 and moved smartly along the 6.5 metres route. Instagram photos. Below, a City News summary from Pam Seatle.

Toronto wins Eastern final squeaker to contest the Grey Cup

Toronto Argonauts will go to the Grey Cup after wining a thrilling 25-21 Eastern Division final game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The CBC reports that Cody Fajardo’s one-yard TD run with 23 seconds remaining won a wild contest at BMO Stadium.  Toronto returns to the Grey Cup for the first time since winning the 100th championship game in 2012 at Rogers Centre. The Argos will face either the Calgary Stampeders or Edmonton Eskimos on Sunday at Ottawa’s TD Place. And here, courtesy of City News is the equally wild — and we do mean wild — tailgate party.