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Newsstand: October 28, 2011

A good Friday is like a checkered flag flapping at the end of a race. Flap on, dear Friday. Here's the news: Ford is in even hotter water over the profanities in his 911 call, some downtown residents call for the end of Occupy Toronto, Ontario will get more seats in the House of Commons, and Pride Toronto gets a new executive director.


Imagine for a second you’re an elected official. It’s Monday morning, you’re a bit tired but you’re ready to tackle the day, when all of a sudden a middle-aged woman appears outside your house, dressed in a comical outfit and with a cameraman in tow. Suddenly you remember those death threats you’ve received. This could be it, you think, and you rush to call 911. But the police don’t come and still she’s out there, leering at you behind oversized frames and too much rouge. Agitated, you call for the police again, and this time you say… well, stuff that just about every adult has said at some point (most likely in relation to you). A Facebook statement and press conference later, and this is not only still an issue, but somehow it’s even bigger. Seriously, out of all the reasons to nail Mayor Rob Ford to the wall, this is the one we’re going to chase?
Update: oh god.

Deputy mayor Doug Holyday (Ward 3, Etobicoke Centre) says he has proof downtown east residents want the Occupy Toronto protesters out of St. James Park. Apparently some folks in the area aren’t too happy with people sleeping in the park, which makes us wonder how long they’ve been living in the neighbourhood. The Toronto Sun thinks it’s time for the protesters to go as well, especially with those scary Aboriginals joining in. The protesters haven’t had time to respond, because they’ve been too busy winterizing their tents to better prepare for not going anywhere for a while.

While Toronto sells off social housing to pay the bills, Durham region slumlords staff are in trouble for collecting rent from low-income housing tenants through illegal means. A judge has ordered the staff to knock it off or he’ll come by with a couple of friends to make sure they do.

Looks like, after two unsuccessful attempts, the federal government may finally be giving more seats in the House of Commons to underrepresented provinces, which include Alberta, British Columbia, and good old Ontario. And Quebec, even though it isn’t underrepresented at all. Though it hasn’t been revealed where exactly those seats will be, they will go to rapidly expanding urban areas, which has us thinking those 905-ers will be even more important in the next election.

Now, everyone give a warm welcome to the new executive director of Pride Toronto: Kevin Beaulieu, former assistant to Adam Giambrone and current assistant to Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Ward 27, Toronto Centre-Rosedale). Hope you like getting filmed by Italian dudes, Kevin.

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