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Extra, Extra: Smoke, Firings, and Derailment

Every weekday’s end, Extra, Extra collects just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss.

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  • The person who spent a few days leaking the sordid details of MP Vic Toews’ divorce on Twitter is busted. The puppetmaster was apparently a Liberal Research Bureau employee upset by Toews’ support for Bill C-30, which, if enacted, would make it easier for federal authorities to monitor private internet traffic. He or she has resigned.
  • Rob Ford is starting to struggle with his weight-loss program after a stressful few weeks at council, as pretty much all the newspapers gleefully reported earlier today. Alone among the onlookers at this week’s public weigh-in, council speaker Frances Nunziata (Ward 11, York South-Weston), who is known for sneaking out of chambers for cigarette breaks, had some priceless health advice for the mayor: start smoking.
  • Another great thing about the mayor’s weekly weigh-ins is that they serve as impromptu press conferences. Today, after stepping off the scale, Ford performed a remarkable rhetorical pirouette on the subject of the validity of polling in Toronto’s ongoing transit dust-up. OpenFile boils it down to a simple study in contrasts, or you can read all about it at the Star.
  • The Leafs traded away defenseman Keith Aulie and forward Dale Mitchell earlier today. Maybe some of you sports people can tell us what that means.
  • Yesterday’s train derailment near Burlington was tragic. The Star‘s cameras caught the aftermath.

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  • Anonymous

    “but would you like to see some really great pictures of it? Sure you would.”

    Nice glib intro to photos of where three people died and dozens were injured. Asses.

    • Anonymous

      You’re right that the original phrasing was glib. I’ve edited that bullet point for tone.

  • Thelaughingman Fucu

    Stephen Harper, Rob Nicholson, John Baird, Jim Flaherty, Diane Finley and Vic Toews, along with the rest of the Conservatives are liars, cheats and thieves! Bill-C10 threatens to throw many in jail longer and needlessly! Bill C-11 would strip Canadians of even more rights to what we already own and censor our flow of information! Bill-30 will strip us of our privacy! Now lets not forget the G20 fiasco, Vic Toews immortal speech about Canadians being pedophiles, the planned pension cuts, they place gag orders on those they appoint to various studies so that if the studies turn up data contradicting their ideals, they can suppress the data, or their election fraud, and now they can’t even get our budget out on time!
    The fascist Conservatives would turn our country into an Orwellian nightmare! How can they even call themselves a legitimate government?! How dare they act like they have our best interests in mind! Who do they think they are telling us what we need and how to live our lives?! They’re the middle management and we’re the ones who hired them! We should be telling them what we want and how we want it!
    Canada needs to rise up march on Ottawa and occupy the parliament! We need to take back our country, remove the Conservatives from power! Our government, as a whole needs to be dismantled and rebuilt (that goes for those other parties as well. I’m looking at you Liberals and NDP. Fat load of good they’ve ever done for the country)! All our political parties have ever really done to us has been to divide Canadians. This only serves to make us easy prey for predators in the night! I say no more! Canadians need to stand up as one, divided by zero! Those that would appose the will of the people need to be taught a lesson, followed by some good old fashion tarring and feathering, finish with banishing traitors from Canada! Finally Canadians need some laws that allow us to force referendums on the government and punish corrupt politicians who think they can screw with their people, their employers, you and me! Fellow Canadians I implore you raise up and shout out your discontent for the horrible state of our country and the world for that matter. Shout from every mountain top (email, letters, phone calls, blogs, forums, twitter, youtube, ect…), “WE WILL NOT STAND FOR CORRUPTION WITHIN OUR GOVERNMENT! WE WILL NOT GO QUIETLY INTO THE NIGHT AS OUR FREEDOMS ARE SLOWLY ERODED! WE’RE COMING FOR YOU HARPER REGIEM! EXPECT US!” Let the voice of the masses resinate as one, thundering and deafening our oppressors. Keep screaming and screaming, every day, all day, don’t stop screaming until this country is ours again!
    ‘Things have got to change. But first, you’ve gotta get mad!… You’ve got to say, “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!” Then we’ll figure out what to do about the depression and the inflation and the oil crisis. But first get up out of your chairs, open the windows, stick your head out, and yell, and say it: “I’M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!”
    ‘People shouldn’t fear the government, the government should fear the people!’

  • Chris Orbz

    Why was the train derailment such a top story? A TTC collector was shot in the neck from two shotgun blasts at Dupont station on a Sunday evening, does our own backyard not matter any more in the media?

  • Vampchick21

    Yes Frances, that’s exactly what one should do to lose weight. Develop a nicotine addiction with the resulting health issues that come with it. I might not like the mayor, but as someone who is struggling hard to quit smoking, I wouldn’t wish this on him.