THE GOOD, THE BAD and THE BIZARRE

North Toronto Post - - News -

THE GOOD: Last month, Midtown Toronto’s own Eric Lin­dros took his right­ful place in Canada’s Hockey Hall of Fame fol­low­ing a long six years of el­i­gi­bil­ity. The Big E was one of the most dom­i­nant big men to ever play the game and for a few years was in the con­ver­sa­tion as the best player in the NHL. Health is­sues, namely con­cus­sions, ended his ca­reer too early, but his ac­co­lades, both in the NHL and as a ju­nior — and in­ter­na­tion­ally win­ning mul­ti­ple medals — are more than enough. Con­grats Eric Lin­dros, see you at the rink.

THE BAD: One of the great shames of Toronto is its stand­ing as the “child poverty cap­i­tal” of the coun­try. Ac­cord­ing to a new re­port, a shock­ing 133,000 kids live in poverty in our city (the fig­ure is ac­tu­ally 10,000 fewer than the fig­ures from 2013). Other key find­ings: one-third of fam­i­lies with chil­dren un­der the age of 18 live in “un­af­ford­able” hous­ing, and there has been a 48 per cent in­crease in food bank use in the city’s in­ner sub­urbs since 2008. Rec­om­men­da­tions fo­cus squarely on the city do­ing more.

THE BIZARRE: Fol­low­ing Don­ald Trump’s sur­prise elec­tion win in the United States last month, hip-hop icon Snoop Dogg was among the many Amer­i­cans who ex­pressed an in­ter­est in mov­ing to Toronto. He took to Twit­ter with a mes­sage (and a photo of the city’s sky­line) di­rected at fel­low artist Drake, stat­ing: “My new home. @cham­pag­nepapi I need the hookup on some prop­erty. Ne­few f--k this shit I’m go­ing to the 6ix.” Per­haps our home­town hip hop mu­si­cian could make room in his new Bri­dle Path neigh­bour­hood.

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