Stay home from Wonderland today kids, because it might rain. And thunderstorm. Also, because roller coasters are sheer hell. The news? Yeah: Another billionaire vies for the casino bid; Byron Sonne of the pre-G20 arrest for homemade chemicals is acquitted; an Ontario independent police complaints watchdog releases a report on the G20; and Toronto's solid waste department has a surplus, but won't be sharing the love with charities and nonprofits.
There’s a new billionaire on the block, boys and girls. Well, he’s not actually new, but he is the latest well-endowed candidate to join the lofty ranks of prospective bidders for the Toronto casino. Larry Tanenbaum, who you may remember from such illustrious positions as chair of Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment (his current position), has announced he’s partial to a waterfront site—such as Exhibition Place—for the casino that might be. Like two peas in a pod, that guy and Mayor Rob Ford (who also likes the idea of putting the casino at the Ex) are.
Byron Sonne, the man arrested days before the G20 summit for possessing explosives and “counselling mischief,” was found not guilty yesterday, and was cleared of all charges against him. The Ontario Superior Court Justice Nancy Spies ruled that the whack of chemicals found in Sonne’s home could have been kept for his budding rocketry interest. So basically, he’s the 16-year-old kid in the movie October Sky. Okay, no. It was also determined the chemicals may have been intended for camping or gardening.
In other G20-related news, Ontario’s independent police complaints watchdog, Ontario’s Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD), is releasing a 300-page report that explores complaints levelled against the Ontario and Toronto police during the summit.
In addition to the city’s $292 million surplus last year, Toronto’s solid waste department has announced a surplus of $37.2 million, partially attributed to the hefty $9 million brought in by the sale of recyclable materials. (Apparently, aluminum and polyethylene were in high demand last year. Go figure.)
The extra money from the waste division is slated to go into the waste management reserve fund, but no pretty penny will be seen by the city’s charities and nonprofits, who, since the budget, are responsible for new garbage pickup fees—a development many are hotly protesting.