THE GOOD, THE BAD and THE BIZARRE
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.