THE GOOD, THE BAD and THE BIZARRE

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THE GOOD:

In a stun­ning case of bet­ter late than never, Toronto City Coun­cil has ap­proved a plan to al­low people to pay for park­ing with their cell­phones. Cus­tomers will sim­ply have to reg­is­ter their li­cence plate and pay­ment in­for­ma­tion with the Toronto Park­ing Author­ity and then use their cell­phone to call in

where they have parked and the time re­quired. Ap­par­ently, the sys­tem will be im­ple­mented in 130 city-owned Green P lots this sum­mer, and on­street spots in 2015.

THE BAD:

Toronto’s mu­si­cal com­mu­nity lost a true in­no­va­tor last month with the pass­ing of ground­break­ing mu­si­cian Jeff Plew­man, a.k.a. Nash the Slash. Known for his trade­mark per­for­mance at­tire — ban­daged face, sun­glasses, tuxedo and top hat — Plew­man achieved his great­est main­stream suc­cess with the band FM. But his pi­o­neer­ing at­mo­spheric mu­sic and his work as a film com­poser il­lus­trate a com­plex and truly vi­sion­ary artist of rare qual­ity.

THE BIZARRE:

Two feud­ing For­est Hill cou­ples made news last week in what has been dubbed the “poop-and-scoop” case. The story was no­table as a re­sult of the scold­ing both cou­ples in­volved in the case re­ceived from the judge, who was dis­mis­sive of the in­ci­dents in ques­tion, in­clud­ing one neigh­bour al­legedly de­posit­ing a bag of dog fe­ces into the other neigh­bour’s garbage bin. Ap­par­ently, the judge strongly sug­gests our court sys­tem might not be the best place to set­tle such petty dis­agree­ments. Why can’t we all just get along?

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