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The northernmost TTC subway station looks about halfway there. For those who can't find a reason to get to the north side of Highway 7, the City of Vaughan shared an update on the progress of its Metropolitan Centre subway station, which was originally slated to be finished by now. Completion is scheduled for late 2017, at which point it will hopefully kickstart plans for a genuine downtown Vaughan.
 
Snow day tweets ain't what they used to be. Compared to how these types of exchanges have gone down in past years, the Toronto District School Board didn't have to get too harsh when it came to snarking back at kids disappointed that they didn't get a day off today. Could it be because all the students have moved their angsty postings over to Snapchat? Really, the news media following this stuff are just hoping for a moment like that time in 2013 when the person running the City of Vaughan account called people who don't park in their garages during a snowstorm "fucknuts," then haplessly tried to blame it on a hacker.
The Matador Club will reopen, won't need to sell booze in mickeys. The legendary country music hall at Dovercourt and College lived on as an after-hours club until it ended its run in 2007. Soon after, it was bought by a Tai Chi master who hoped to restore it to its 1916 glory. The city pushed for a booze-free heritage designation, but now, following months of wrangling, the club has its liquor license after receiving what the ownership claims were more letters of support than any other venue in AGCO history. (Meanwhile, the El Mocambo, purchased in late 2014 by Michael Wekerle, promises a summer opening on its marquee.)
David Bowie got predictable Twitter tributes from the federal party leaders. When it came to eulogizing Bowie, the reactions didn't go very deep: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau noted the song "Under Pressure" (which he probably first heard when it appeared on Queen's Greatest Hits album around the time he turned 10) while NDP leader Thomas Mulcair's account alluded to the omnipresent "Space Oddity." Meanwhile, interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose might've revealed a little too much about her musical taste. At first, she referenced the atrocious Live Aid duet with Mick Jagger—then, perhaps in response to snickering, she added "Let's Dance" 15 minutes later. Stephen Harper's opinion would've been way better, if only on this one topic.
Google Fiber job posting hints at planned expansion to Toronto. While Google has previously gone headhunting for roles in Kitchener-Waterloo, where the company is about to open a new Canadian headquarters, this latest role is in Toronto. Meanwhile, mayor John Tory, an ex-Rogers exec, continues to pull for the incumbent broadband providers.
Big banks are playing a game of one-upmanship in the disruption department. TD has announced that it will collaborate with Cisco on its new Innovation Centre, officially opening today at RBC WaterPark Place, at 88 Queens Quay West. The move follows Scotiabank's announcement that it's starting a downtown Digital Factory. Curiously, WaterPark's namesake bank, RBC, is developing its own disruptive something-or-other under the tutelage of former Globe and Mail editor-in-chief John Stackhouse.
"Hotline Bling" has now been America's top hip-hop track for four months. Drake tops Billboard's Hot Rap Songs chart for the 16th week, putting it two weeks short of the two record holders: "Fancy" by Iggy Azalea and "Hot Boyz" by Missy Elliott. The song that ultimately blocked Drake from hitting the top of the Hot 100 in November, "Hello" by Adele, has finally been dethroned by Justin Bieber's apology anthem.
SCTV's savior would've been mortified by Schitt's Creek. CBC star Eugene Levy is the guest on David Steinberg's latest podcast, where they trade tales of shooting in the Edmonton studio owned by the late Dr. Charles Allard. Levy notes that the Edmonton Oilers founder—who salvaged SCTV in 1980 when its Toronto backers went broke—objected to the troupe members using swear words between takes. Schitt's Creek has its second season premiere tonight. Promotions on CBC Radio remain extra-cautious about spelling the word out
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