Toronto April Fool's pranks: cats, TTC, potholes
The TTC wants condo units on subway platforms. Halton Regional Police are dispatching a highly specialized squad of cats for search and rescue operations. And, in Leaside, a much-cherished pothole finally becomes a local landmark, earning distinction as a heritage site.
It isn't a bizarre news day. It's April Fools, and the pranksters were out in Toronto. Here's a roundup of some local pranks:
New TTC features:
TTC customer service officer Chris Upfold explains some new transit proposals to the commission's communications director Brad Ross. Highlights include "cabaret clubs" and a bold new vision for transforming the Shepherd line into "a lazy river":
Police cats to the rescue:
Halton Regional Police with Milton and Halton Hills tweeted about a new search-and-rescue initiative that would deploy a feline force to help with future recovery efforts. Apparently the operation was known as "Operation KitKat."
Celebrating a pothole:
The Toronto-based community Town Crier newspaper published a report about a notorious Leaside pothole that residents were so enamoured with they decided to mount a campaign to get it granted heritage status. You can read the write-up here.
CBC's Metro Morning got in on the jokes this morning with a report of a spaghetti harvest and city parks that have dedicated times for cats.
April Fool's arrest
Not every April Fool's gag was successful, however.
Hamilton Police were called at 9:30 in the morning for a report of a major brawl. When police arrived, they discovered there was no fight, only a 37-year-old woman who thought it was a great April Fool's prank.
Police charged her with Public Mischief.