Toronto April Fool's pranks: cats, TTC, potholes

Were you fooled today? Here's our roundup of Toronto-related April Fool's pranks.
An April Fools Day video uploaded by the TTC on Tuesday shows details of a new funding proposal drawn on a napkin. (YouTube)

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.

This Leaside Drive pothole, according to a Town Crier report on April Fools Day, will be granted heritage status at a council meeting. (Town Crier)

Spaghetti Harvest

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.


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