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."
Stay tuned for more info about HRPS's pilot project to use cats for search and rescue. They can get to smaller spaces than K9 counterparts.— HRPS Milt HHills (@HRPSMiltHH) April 1, 2014
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.
Pothole to be given heritage status: A pothole that has plagued Leasiders for years might have paved its own l... http://t.co/3IaMxgCgdG— Town Crier (@mytowncrier) April 1, 2014
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.
The annual spaghetti harvest. Still delicious: http://t.co/oitL1Vcg28— Matt Galloway (@mattgallowaycbc) April 1, 2014
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.