the week: March 10 - 16
Chow's selfie at her mayoral rally on March 16 / Facebook
The great food truck controversy
A new initiative has been brought to City Hall to change Toronto’s food truck laws. Currently the city does not allow food trucks to sell on city streets. The proposal aims to loosen these regulations, but will allow business improvement areas and councillors to hold a food truck ban in their neighborhoods. This loophole has angered some food truck owners. Among them is Caplansky’s Deli owner Zane Caplansky who said “I think food vending is very important. I don’t like how the BIAs or councillors can kick them out of their area at any given time. That . . . kills it.”
TIME Festival Announces Lineup
For the first time in three years TIME music festival will be back in Toronto at Fort York Garrison Commons. The festival announced its lineup this week. Playing the festival will be Grimes, Jon Hopkins, Death Grips, Flume, Action Bronson, St. Lucia, Smith Westerns and others. The festival takes place on July 19, and is guaranteed not to break the bank with early bird tickets selling for $25.
A new report from Walk Score named the TTC the best transit system in Canada. Competing against 38 other Canadian cities, Toronto narrowly beat Montreal. Following in third place was Vancouver, then Winnipeg and Ottawa. Toronto’s score, a 78, qualifies as “Excellent Transit”, 12 points short of “Rider’s Paradise.”
Olivia Chow enters mayoral race
Olivia Chow began her mayoral campaign Thursday, fulfilling many Torontonian’s predictions. Chow is already polling at 36 per cent, while incumbent mayor Rob Ford is at 28 per cent and John Tory at 22 per cent. In her kickoff speech she stated that she wants children to be at the center of her policy-making decisions. “The current mayor is failing at his job,” she said. “And he is no role model for my granddaughters.”
WTF Mother Nature?
Torontonians witnessed a sunny two days of spring this week, which was quickly interrupted by a brutal snowstorm producing 10-15 centimeters of snow. An extreme cold weather alert was issued by the city on Saturday night, with temperatures as low as -16C. The future looks promising though, with temperatures predicted to be above freezing beginning on Wednesday.