1. Today’s the day the city manager presents Toronto’s 2012 budget, setting off a month of debate before a decision is made on Jan. 12—and for the first time since amalgamation, spending is expected to go down.
2. Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, which owns the Leafs, Raptors, Marlies and Toronto FC, is planning a regional sports channel to broadcast its games independently of Rogers and Bell. Let’s see how they manage to bypass those two when they want to stream games online.
3. CAMH has received a $30 million donation, the largest private donation ever made to a Canadian addiction research hospital.
4. In Case You Missed It, Part 1: Lady Gaga sent a personalized message to Etobicoke School of the Arts after a student emailed her asking for a video for an anti-bullying assembly.
5. In Case You Missed It, Part 2: The NBA lockout is over! The season will start on Dec. 25! It’s a Christmas miracle!
6. David Bowie has finally agreed to have his songs used in a musical, entitled Heroes: The Musical.