THE GOOD, THE BAD and THE BIZARRE
Toronto and area THE GOOD: artists could have one of the most successful hauls in recent memory at this month’s Grammy Awards. Leading the way is breakout artist the Weeknd, who tied Taylor Swift for the most nominations with seven — including Record of the Year and Album of the Year. Fellow Torontonian Drake is up for five awards, and Stratford native Justin Bieber got one nomination. Other Ontario artists up for awards include Caribou. The ceremony is scheduled for Feb. 15.
THE BAD: The subway extension to York University is $400 million over budget. The Scarborough subway is facing further scrutiny and will not be built according to plan. John Tory’s SmartTrack, well, apparently that’s not realistic either, as ordered. Yet somehow, the city seems to think spending $1 billion to move an elevated expressway to save automobile drivers a couple minutes is a good thing. Time for a reality check Toronto. Commuters from outside the city do not rank higher than those struggling on transit to get to and from work.
Although not THE BIZARRE: as unusual as one might think, the regular consumption of insects is kinda new in Toronto. But things are starting to change. Summerhill Market, an upscale gourmet food shop in Midtown Toronto, has recently added a number of bug-infused products to its extensive list of culinary offerings. Looking for a sweet treat? Try the key lime cricket pie. There are also roasted crickets available in a variety of flavours, such as honey and BBQ, for just $1.69 per two-gram package.