THE GOOD, THE BAD and THE BIZARRE

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THE GOOD: The city’s water­front is once again pos­i­tively lit­tered with works of art as two projects have added a lit­tle heat to the nor­mally bar­ren and cold ar­eas. Along Queens Quay in the cen­tral water­front, from Yonge to Bathurst, five pub­lic art works are in­cluded in the ex­hi­bi­tion en­ti­tled Ice Break­ers. And, down in the Beaches, the win­ter warm­ing sta­tions re­turn this month as part of the third an­nual de­sign com­pe­ti­tion draw­ing hun­dreds of Toron­to­ni­ans down to Lake On­tario for a stroll in the snow and sand.

THE BAD: Toronto tops a lot of lists, from most pop stars per capita to best ba­con sam­mies. But there is one chart we would be happy to avoid. Ap­par­ently, our fair city has been named the rat cap­i­tal of On­tario, ac­cord­ing to a new re­port by pest and ter­mite con­trol com­pany Orkin Canada. Oth­ers on the list of the top 25 cities in­clude Ot­tawa, Mis­sis­sauga and Oakville. The GTA’s rat pop­u­la­tion has been boom­ing the last few years, and this isn’t the first re­port that rec­og­nizes the grow­ing and hairy sit­u­a­tion we’ve got­ten our­selves into. THE BIZARRE: We love the Blue Jays, don’t get us wrong. But, they are the Blue Jays, af­ter all, and not the Red Jays. So when they re­vealed the de­sign for new uni­forms that fea­tured bright red shirts and a red logo, well, fans were not amused. Yes, some other parts of the coun­try can claim fan­dom, fine. But this is Toronto’s team first and fore­most — not Vancouver’s, not Cal­gary’s and not Mon­treal’s. So, we don’t need to bleed red all over ev­ery­thing. Not to men­tion red on red is just, well, so red.

Aaron Sanchez

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