THE GOOD, THE BAD and THE BIZARRE
THE GOOD: The sharing economy in Toronto took another step forward with the recent launch of Boro (boroclothing.ca). The startup, founded by Chris Cundari and Natalie Festa, facilitates the lending of garments and accessories to strangers at affordable prices. It’s like the Airbnb of clothing. Shoppers can borrow clothing for either a four-day or 10day period. Lenders can make some extra money loaning out their clothes. This after it was announced that bike-sharing service Dropbike would be launching in Toronto this summer.
THE BAD: Another Toronto Blue Jays player embarrassed the city by uttering a homophobic slur at an opposing pitcher during a game last month. Star centre fielder Kevin Pillar followed in the footsteps of shortstop Yunel Escobar, who was suspended for three games after writing a homophobic slur on his eye black before a game in 2012. Apparently, the league has an issue and there is no indication it is going away any time soon. For his part in the controversy, Pillar was very apologetic and accepted his two-game suspension.
THE BIZARRE: When a black bear was caught traipsing through Scarborough poking its head in garbage cans, Toronto authorities were apparently incapable of doing anything but shooting it dead, because animal control service was not equipped to properly deal with the situation. “Properly equipped” meaning having a tranquilizer gun handy. The kind that the nearby Toronto Zoo likely has by the truckload. The kind you might need for coyotes, perhaps, or any other large animal. People’s safety, of course, but animals need protection, too.