Memorial to Professor Michael Bliss set for September 23

An obituary of Professor J.W. Michael Bliss has been published on the website of the Humphrey Funeral Home. It notes a planned memorial to be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 23, 2017, at Massey College at the University of Toronto. Humphrey Funeral Home   Previous

Play subway motorman at Downsview station during DOT

DOT would stand for Doors Open Toronto and it is trending on Twitter Saturday where you can find pictures of places in which to snoop around. At the new Downsview station on Sheppard Ave. and Bakersfield St. in North York they have what appears to be a cunning prop for the young (or not) to play subway motorman. There are many other spots to see as well. Twitter and Bulldog previously.

Maurice Cody principal takes pie in face at Spring Fair

The Maurice Cody Spring Fair was a source of huge family fun Saturday but none of the rides or concessions could match the high entertainment of Principal Robert Nigro’s decision to take a cream pie in the face for school spirit. The screaming delight heard on the video tells the story. The pie was administered by Vice Principal Adelia Vala.

Eleven in custody as British round up terror bomb gang

The British say they have made good progress in finding members of the terror gang that supported Salman Abedi in his appalling attack on humanity and democracy. There are now 11 in custody. To the right, a statement by the prime minister Saturday morning. Below that, nicer things to remember, as the Horseshoe Tavern celebrates 70 years as a music club at 370 Queen West at Spadina. Those were the days. And in New York, an auction to sell a Long Island home that is so expensive no one can even guess what it should cost. You have to see this place.

Conservative voter? 5 p.m. to tell the story of who will lead

The fairly elaborate but presumably fair formula for electing the next PC leader is explained above. The party gathering in Toronto will hear the outcome — and so will everyone else — at 5 p.m. See it on CBC

Bloor subway closed in Midtown for work on Bloor Viaduct

Line 2 will be shut down today and Sunday maintenance and scheduled repairs on the Prince Edward Viaduct. Buses will be running between St. George and Broadview stations with Bay station closed. Others will be open for the sale of fares.


No winning ticket for $50 million Lotto Max, gov’t wins

There was no winning ticket sold for the $50 million jackpot in Friday’s Lotto Max draw. The jackpot for the next draw on June 2 will grow to approximately $55 million, and there will be six Maxmillions prizes offered.

Short-term stats hint Wynne foreign-buyer tax biting hard

City News works over the reports of a dramatic short-term drop in the number of sales (April 20 to May 20) since Premier Wynne announced the tax on foreign speculators. The Star says a drop of 61 per cent in sales reported in Richmond HIll, and similar drop offs, could impact heavily in short order on prices.

Free chips for licensed dogs at Woofstock on Queen East

The Toronto Animal Services’ Chip Truck to provide free microchips at Woofstock this weekend The truck will be at the Woofstock event at Woodbine Park, located at 1695 Queen St. E. on Saturday, May 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, May 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Residents whose pets have an up-to-date licence can get a microchip at no cost courtesy of PetSmart Charities of Canada.  Pets without a licence will receive $10 off the regular fee of $25 for cats and $35 for dogs  Release here

Boy, 16, charged with “publishing intimate photo” of ex-girl

Two teens were a boy and a girl together. Sweet, until they broke up and he decided to post intimate pictures of her. On Sunday, May 21, 2017, the boy, 16, of Toronto, was arrested. He has been charged with two counts of publishing an intimate image and uttering threats  Police would like to take this opportunity to remind parents to be aware of what their children are doing online, and to monitor their social-media profiles to prevent similar occurrences. Before there was a camera in every wall and sink, not to mention headboards, moms used to talk to their daughters about this.

Sad and remarkable events around the world at week’s end

As many as 24 Coptic Christians have been slaughtered by gunmen in Egypt. The men, women and children were on their way to a shrine. Christians make up ten percent of the population of Egypt, the largest such minority in the middle east. CNN  Elsewhere, a flying car plunged through the wall of a home in Milwaukee some four feet off the ground. Amazing. And the woman to the right is getting a micro-current facial, small jolts of electricity to improve the skin. We wonder. And finally, video of the Best of Donald Trump’s Worst Moments.

City Council votes 27-17 against defunding Pride Parade

City Council has voted 27 to 17 against a motion brought by Councilor John Campbell (Ward 4) to withhold $260,000 in annual funding to Pride Toronto. The motion asked for this defunding unless Pride permitted uniformed police officers to march in the annual parade. The results reveal a Council divided in what some might call logic. Kristin Wong-Tam (Ward 27) argues that the ban on police uniforms is “inclusive.” Others appear to have followed a political strategy of keeping peace with the LGBTQ community and perhaps Black Lives Matter. Those in favor of defunding consider the Pride ban a rejection of the police “as police” and an insult to City employees. Locally, Josh Matlow voted to sustain the funding while Jon Burnside, Jaye Robinson and Christin Carmichael Greb voted to suspend it.