Christmas Toronto

Morning Brew: Bieber makes a child's wish come true, the TTC that could have been, Tie Domi on the hook for $90K, and tips for holiday travel at Pearson

Oh, that Justin Bieber. He makes miracles happen everyday. If he's not making the Christmases of young girls across the city with his sold-out concert at Massey Hall, he's cutting a $500,000 personal check to the Children's Wish Foundation, Sunnybrook Hospital and Project Medishare. Prior to his concert, Bieber was skating with the Maple Leafs as part of a request by the Children's Wish Foundation and he also gave out autographed guitars to other young patients.

This one has been covered at least a few times before, but because it's so tantalizing, let's dream about it again. OpenFile discusses the TTC that could have been, rounding up all the of the subway systems that various governments had promised to build in Toronto. If they had been good on their promises, we would subways linking us to the Distillery District, the Toronto Zoo, York University, and yes, even Pearson Airport (but at least we're sort of getting that now, right?).

Former Maple Leaf Tie Domi has been ordered to repay $90,000 in bank debts accrued by his company. Domi had denied that he agreed to personally guarantee the company's debt, saying he didn't know he had signed on to do this. Before one can argue that maybe the former enforcer has endured one too many hits to the head, the judge called him out for "baldly denying" (ouch!) that he knew what he was doing.

Northern Secondary School is finally stopping the practice of their students wearing their lanyard IDs around the neck. The high school, one of the largest in the city, was the last institution to require such a practice. Back in 2008, administrators originally decided the IDs were an effective safety precaution, but they soon became a pain with kids needing to take them off and on and, of course, losing them.


Photo from last year's Christmas lights roundup

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