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Newsstand: July 15, 2010

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Illustration by Matt Daley/Torontoist.


We learn why Rob Ford was kicked out of that coaching job, police use bankers to scanalyze photos for Black Bloc members, and Toronto’s paddle-wheel ferry turns one hundred in today’s Newsstand.

Good morning! According to the teacher who “disinvited” Councillor Rob Ford (Ward 2, Etobicoke-North) from coaching his high school’s football team following an altercation between Ford and a player, there was no harm, no foul. In fact, John Giuga, the former head phys-ed teacher at Newtonbrook Secondary School, seems to admire Ford’s intensity. Giuga told the Star that he asked Ford to leave the team after hearing some “very heated language” in an exchange with a player, but stressed that no there was no contact and the young man’s feelings were most assuredly not hurt. Ford now coaches for the Catholic school board.
Meanwhile, the Globe has accused Ford, George Smitherman, and a pack of other candidates of breaking election rules by holding press conferences at Nathan Phillips Square. They also threw in a dry rundown of Ford’s electoral promises, wondering how Ford will pay for staffers to run his proposed spending accountability plans.
That joke we made about tagging Black Bloc suspects on Facebook? Well, apparently the Canadian Bankers Association has a computer program that does that, only better. And bankier? Anyway, well enough for the fifteen-person investigative team to farm out automated photo comparisons to the suspects. After receiving over fourteen thousand photographs of suspected violent protesters, police shipped them off to the CBA. Police are searching for ten people suspected of arson and mischief over five thousand dollars. So, what, have they dropped that assault charge?
Remember those other detainees? The ones Canada is accused of knowingly turning over to be tortured by Afghan authorities? It seems that after months of parliamentary wrangling, a blue-ribbon panel of supreme court judges has been appointed to sift through 40,000 documents pertaining to the alleged abuse. The Harper government had fought hard to keep the documents suppressed, citing national security concerns. The panel will now determine whether any of them should be made public, and what, if anything, must be censored.
A nineteen-year-old has been shot in the head and killed at a playground Wednesday. Multiple shots were fired in the shooting, and police are now trying to determine whether it was an ambush or a gunfight. The man appears to have been the only victim of the shooting.
And the Trillium, Toronto’s steam-powered island ferry, is turning one hundred! The paddle ferry was put into service on June 18, 1910, a date that equals today plus two days and minus one century, but was ditched by the ferry service for most of the ’60s and ’70s. It survived prolonged disuse and is now proudly tooling around the lake and looking way better than you would if you were a centenarian who had been used as a garbage scow. For the regular $6.50 fare, passengers on the noon cruise for the next three Fridays will be treated to the civic stylings of Sun columnist Mike Filey.

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