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January 14, 2019 2:36 PM Polish mayor dies after being stabbed in heart

The spokeswoman for the ruling Law and Justice party Beata Mazurek said the attack should be “absolutely condemned by all, regardless of what side of the political spectrum they are on.” She insisted politicians in Poland need “greater responsibility for words, for deeds” because “there is no shortage of madmen on both sides” of the political scale 417

January 12, 2019 9:35 PM California town launches ‘Goat Fund Me’ to prevent wildfires

NEVADA CITY, CALIF.—The threat of catastrophic wildfires has driven a California town to launch a “Goat Fund Me” campaign to bring herds of goats to city-owned land to help clear brush. Nevada City in the Sierra Nevada began the online crowdsourcing campaign last month with the goal of raising $30,000 for the project. The campaign’s website explains 170

January 9, 2019 8:13 PM Netflix interested in creating Toronto production hub, says Mayor John Tory

Netflix has already shot film and TV productions in Toronto as well as other Canadian cities, including Vancouver. Because it’s a foreign digital company, it isn’t required to collect or remit federal or provincial sales tax. So far Netflix also hasn’t fallen under federal regulations that require the country’s broadcasting companies to pay into the Canada 154

January 4, 2019 9:32 PM Five teenage girls killed in Poland ‘Escape Room’ fire

WARSAW, POLAND—A fire broke out at an “Escape Room” game location in northern Poland on Friday, killing five teenage girls and injuring a man, authorities said. Police said the dead were found after firefighters put out the blaze, which began around 5 p.m. at an “Escape Room” venue in Koszalin. Highly popular with teenagers across Poland, the “Escape 133

December 31, 2018 2:22 AM Walk Off the Earth keyboardist Mike Taylor dies

Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward also expressed her condolences on Twitter, calling Taylor’s death a “tragic loss.” “Our city’s condolences go out to the family, friends and bandmates of Mike. We are thinking of you,” Meed Ward tweeted. Walk off the Earth was founded in 2006 and shot to fame in 2012 when their cover of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” went viral 112

December 13, 2018 6:21 PM Toronto council approves using 11 surplus properties for affordable housing

Council unanimously approved using 11 city-owned surplus lands to try to build new affordable housing on Thursday. The vote followed a move by Mayor John Tory announcing the use of those city lands, what would contribute to the existing “Open Door” housing program started under Tory’s tenure last term. But it’s not yet clear how the lands will be developed 206

December 10, 2018 9:46 PM Mayor John Tory says Toronto should have say over pot shops

Toronto council will debate on Thursday whether to opt out of provincial legislation permitting private cannabis stores to operate in the city beginning April 1. “It’s not that we want to ban cannabis sales, but we want some sort of mechanism that gives us local control,” said Councillor Gord Perks (Ward 4, Parkdale—High Park) comparing what’s happened 120

December 6, 2018 12:23 AM Auditor general’s report urges province to ‘reassess’ Quayside project

“We were out there talking to quite a number of potential proponents for this,” Meg Davis, chief development officer for Waterfront Toronto, said in an interview. Waterfront Toronto said that in the appendix to Lysyk’s audit she herself noted Waterfront Toronto launched “market soundings” with 50, local, national and international companies to gauge 144

November 22, 2018 12:11 PM Bank of England governor Carney fulfils promise by becoming U.K. citizen

Mark Carney became a British citizen on Wednesday, fulfilling a promise made when he accepted the job of Bank of England governor in 2012. The Canadian central banker’s wife is British, and he already had an Irish passport. He acquired U.K. nationality by taking an oath to the Queen after fulfilling the requirements for naturalization. Those include 112

November 17, 2018 12:00 AM Ford government moves ahead with plans to redevelop Ontario place

“And let us be clear: a casino at Ontario Place does not represent the responsible use of valued public lands. No good can come from it,” Layton and Cressy said. John Tory, who authored a report on Ontario Place before becoming Toronto mayor in 2014, has not yet been consulted by the Ford goverment on the site’s future, his spokesperson, Don Peat, said Friday 143