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Miller Getting Powerful, Wynne Getting Annoyed, Electronics Getting Pricier

Photo by Miles Storey
Mayor David Miller is asking the province for “strong mayor” powers, which would give him the authority to hire and fire the city manager as well as to meet with his executive committee behind closed doors. If the request is approved, Miller will look for “super mayor” powers, which would allow him to travel in time and turn difficult councillors to stone with his gaze.
Education Minister Kathleen Wynne has appointed an investigator to look into financial mismanagement at the Toronto Catholic Separate School Board, after a report earlier this month alleged some trustees were enjoying everything from minibar booze to tropical vacations on the taxpayer dime. Although if the situation hasn’t already been investigated, how’d they write the report?
Two customers at Canada’s Wonderland are protesting rules that forbid patrons from returning to their place in the queue after they’ve left to relieve themselves, even if they’ve been waiting for hours. Park officials stood by their policy, pointing to their latest attraction, “The Urinator,” where full-bladdered riders become part of the experience.
The Ontario government is planning to introduce a new tax fee on electronic goods, which would be used to pay electronics recycling. The WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) fee [PDF], which would be levied on manufacturers and importers but likely passed on to consumers, should not be confused with a “Wii fee,” which is much more specific in nature, or “Wheee!, fee!” which is what bureaucrats yell when they get to spend more of your money. Sorry, my sense of clever satire has been impaired by the humidity.
Toronto FC ended their six game unbeaten streak with a 3–2 loss to DC United on Saturday, but
six wins non-losses in a row is still pretty good. Sport of the future, people.
Photo by Miles Storey.

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