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Newsstand: June 10, 2010

Illustration by Clayton Hanmer/Torontoist.

It took a global, coordinated manhunt, but supercops at the Integrated National Security Enforcement Team have collared a suspected terrorist gardener from rural Ontario who purchased almost a tonne of fertilizer, which he intended to use in a premeditated bombing “gardening incident.” In hindsight, this may look like an overreaction by an unwieldy conglomerate of law enforcement agencies that’s been given an enormous budget and a blurry mandate, but try to see it their way: the man was reportedly “enigmatic” and “European,” with missing fingers, a limp, an accent, and—judging by RCMP sketches—three interchangeable faces, and, come on, not even Keyser Söze raises that many red flags.
The company that holds a monopoly on food vending along Toronto’s eastern beaches can take it easy for a while, since City Council voted yesterday to stick with its controversial twenty-year extension of the vendor’s lease. Tuggs Inc. operates the Boardwalk Pub and a number of other waterfront food outlets in city-owned buildings. The unusual privilege could set an ugly precedent, said Councillor Doug Holyday (Ward 3, Etobicoke-Centre). And that’s all well and good to say, except that if the city changes course now, they can expect to get sued. The Foulidis family, who own Tuggs, say they invested a lot of money improving the buildings and deserve to hold on to them.
Listen, Sears, we’ll wear your shirts, dammit, but that doesn’t mean we work for you. Everybody knows that Toronto invented the idea of living green. We even copyrighted the phrase “Live Green,” so that nobody could ever steal our idea, which is ours and ours alone. So when Lawson Oates, head of the city’s environmental office, heard that Sears had shamelessly lifted both words of our taxpayer-funded branding brainchild, you can bet he blew a LEED Gold–certified gasket. But will Sears do the right thing, choose another colour, and tell people to live by it? No, not only are they still flaunting the ill-gotten phrase, but if Oates keeps it up, the retailer might have two more words for him.
Now brace yourself for the latest on the Kyle Rae retirement party scandal. In case you missed Newsstand on Tuesday, the story is that Rae, who is leaving office shortly, held a public bash earlier this week instead of publishing his usual summer newsletter. Rob Ford, the councillor for Ward 2, Etobicoke North, called on Rae to pay back all the money from his office budget spent on the party, and then demanded the retiring councillor’s resignation. To which Rae responded, “Who cares what Rob Ford thinks?”


  • http://undefined deadrobot

    Rae finally says something relevant.
    But please pay that money back, regardless.

  • http://undefined Caligula Jones

    Well, for a “small, family run business”, Tuggs has learned to play them some hardball:
    Yes, I know its just a press release from an aggrieved party, but if even part of it is true, its more dynamite for the fire…

  • mark.

    re Boardwalk pub. I recall that the reason council didn’t want to open this contract is they believed the big chain restaurants would be able to out-bid and win the contract(s). They were afraid of Kelseys, Jack Astors, etc. moving in. Refusing to open the contract isn’t probably the greatest way to ensure some sort of character on the Beach(es), but this dimension to the story seems to have been lost.

  • http://undefined WindowpaneMG

    ‘missing fingers and a limp’, I’m still laughing. A billion dollars for security. Harper and this administration…idiots. The plot must have been written on the Prairies, yeah Toonville, that’s it.

  • http://undefined CaligulaJones

    Right. So we just have to allow the petty, self-serving antics of the penny-ante Bussin Brigade to win out here.
    Sorry, I don’t buy it. We have a run-down, badly run eyesore (right beside a Pizza Pizza I might add), and we give the owner even more power, over a larger area, for a longer timeframe, for an even better price than he got in a no-bid method 20 years ago.
    All, coincidentally, rammed through by a shrill bitch who received donations (cash and “volunteers”) that give a whole new meaning to the expression “gray area”. Maybe Kelseys should play some “mom and pop” politics and get hundreds of their employees to make maximum contributions to one of Bussin’s opponents. I’m sure you won’t have a problem with that?
    I know the Torontoist crowd is generally “bigboxaphobic”, but this is taking it to an extreme…

  • http://undefined mark.

    I encourage you to chill out. I was pretty clear in my comment-post that I was just pointing out this dimension to the story that’s been lost.

  • http://undefined CaligulaJones

    Hard to chill out about corruption. Sorry, I work too hard to pay my property taxes, then I see my city fall apart in ways that a modern city shouldn’t. This is something you’d see in Hazzard County and Boss Hogg. Or maybe Chicago, but that’s one part of that great city we probably shouldn’t imitate.
    I don’t the point that potentially a large business might move in has been lost at all. Its just a minor point when compared to potential graft, bribery, election expense irregularity and intimidation.
    Actually, Bussin is afraid of the Sound Academy (i.e, Docks) moving in, which makes about as much sense only as an Chicken Little argument.
    Anyway, read what I posted again, if you haven’t already. As I said, I know its one sided, but it certainly does answer the question asked by a lot of volleyball enthusiasts as to why a proven, working model needed to be changed.

  • http://undefined dowlingm

    Ford should call his buddies at CRA who have been causing havoc at 100 Queen West lately. Surely Rae’s actions (including apparently raiding his surplus political donations) count as a personal benefit?