It's been an eventful 12 months in Toronto what with the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, the Blue Jays dominating the American League East and the usual shenanigans from our furry and winged friends. As we bid farewell to 2015, it's time to set our sights on the new year and the potential Toronto news stories that are destined to come with it.
Here are 10 Toronto headlines we'd really like to see in 2016.
Toronto Blue Jays win the World Series
The Toronto Blue Jays bat flipped their way to clinch the World Series for the first time in 23 years. We came so close in 2015; who's to say it won't happen now?
Lyft launches in Toronto giving taxis and Uber new competition
Remember the days when Hailo and Uber fought for your attention in Toronto's sharing economy? For the past year, Uber has had a monopoly on our streets, but in 2016 it would be great to see some friendly competition from Lyft, another American app that'll quickly connect you with local drivers.
Toronto converting pay phones to WiFi hotspots
Payphones may be a dying breed in Toronto, but why not use the existing infrastructure to bring free WiFi across the city? While there's no plan in place for Toronto yet, New York is getting ready to turn 500 phone booths into high-speed Internet hot-spots by summer 2016.
Crosstown LRT to be completed one year ahead of schedule
For the first time in forever, a major infrastructural project in Toronto is slated to be up-and-running earlier than expected. In reality, let's just hope the Crosstown opens when it's supposed to in 2021.
Wine and liquor coming soon to a grocery store near you
In 2015, Torontonians saw beer on supermarket shelves. For 2016, wine and liquor are also migrating over to local grocery stores.
Eataly opens at Yonge and Bloor
Back in May, the Globe and Mail reported that the Italian market and restaurant had teamed up with the Weston family, which owns Holt Renfrew, to scout out a possible home in Toronto, one that'll likely be in Yorkville.
Hearn Generating Station to become permanent culture hub
Like the Tate Modern in London, this abandoned power plant could one day become an arts centre that we'll be able to use year-round. This headline isn't so far-fetched considering Luminato recently announced it'd be hosting a slew of its festival programming at this lakeside venue in June.
Toronto lowers food truck licensing fees and parking restrictions
It ain't easy running a food truck in Toronto. In this dream headline universe, city council has finally voted to make the downtown core friendlier for mobile eateries by lowering licensing fees, scrapping the two-trucks-per-block rule and eliminating the distance rule on how close they can park to restaurants.
Massive "The 6" sign permanently installed on Toronto's waterfront
Like a Drake-themed lighthouse, this brand new landmark could be a beacon on the shores of Lake Ontario. Norm Kelly could unveil it just in time for the "Views from the 6" album release.
Sam the Record Man sign finally gets re-installed on Yonge St.
In other sign-related news, the Sam the Record Man sign could finally come back to Yonge Street. City council voted to install the black-and-red neon marquee at Yonge-Dundas Square in July 2014. By 2016, let's hope this plan finally comes to fruition.
What Toronto headlines would you like to see in 2016? Let us know in the comments.
by Amy Grief via blogTO