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Weekend Newsstand: May 5, 2012

Saturday is back, everyone! Saturday has come again! Thanks for stopping by, Saturday. In Saturday news: why the rise of bicycle-car collisions on Jarvis could be a good thing, the public's role in the mayor's park purchase, disabled couple will keep their baby, Conrad Black is home, roads will be closed, and the moon will be big.

A new report suggests the number of cyclists using Jarvis has tripled since bike lanes were installed on the street. And pedestrian-vehicle collisions are down. And the number of bicycle-vehicle collisions are up, but not up in tandem with the new, higher volume of cyclists. And baby bunnies are so cute, especially the ones with really floppy ears. No, but, really, Cycle Toronto is calling the report proof that the bike lanes should not be removed, as the City is planning to do. Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong (Ward 34, Don Valley East), on the other hand, does not agree with Cycle Toronto’s assessment.

Mayor Rob Ford is one step closer to buying that piece of land at the centre of this week’s brouhaha between him and Daniel Dale (the investigation into which is ongoing). The executive committee of the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, who own the land, have agreed to conduct an in depth study of Ford’s request. The next step is approval from the committee. And the next step, which you may want to note, is public consultation. That part will come sometime around June, when the study is complete.

The Peel Children’s Aid Society has decided not to remove a newborn baby from the home of parents Maricyl Palisoc and Charlie Wilton, who both have cerebral palsy. Before a hearing, the baby’s parents proved that with the help of their 24-hour carer and the baby’s grandparents, they are fit to raise the child. So there.

Thank goodness Conrad Black has returned safe and sound to his beloved north Toronto domicile, right? Because we don’t know about you, but it had been way too long since we’d seen a good close-up shot of him kissing his wife, Barbara Amiel. Oh, to be old and amatory.

Plan ahead before going on any Sunday morning drives this weekend. Roads will be closed for the Toronto Marathon, starting around 5:30 a.m. and remaining closed until as late as 3 p.m.

And supermoon will be in town for one night only. And no, supermoon, is not the opening act for Trooper. The supermoon is the brightest full moon, thanks to its proximity to the Earth, we’ll see all year. Science says the full moon doesn’t make people extra crazy, but working in a 24-hour Tim Hortons says differently. But the moon is just here for a good time, not a long time. So have a good time, the supermoon can’t shine every day.


  • Anonymous

    Why does a Councillor from another ward decide what happens in another Councillors ward without consulting the Councillor and residents of the ward were the change is about to occur?
    This is one of the worst things brought forth in this current administration. I as a taxpayer, a citizen who will be affected about this change was not consulted, I was ignored when I raised questions and concerns,as if I did not exist.

    • Anonymous

      Rob Ford lives in Ward 4, represented by Councilor Gloria Lindsay Luby. The property in question is owned by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, not the City of Toronto. The initial talks would be between the executive committee of the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and Rob Ford, followed by a public consultation where the neighbours and general public can make their views known.

      • Anonymous

        I was referring to Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong ward 34 making a decisions about Jarvis Street which runs through two wards, 27 and 28. Neither Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam ward 27 or Pam McConnell ward 28 or the residents for the wards were consulted.

        • Anonymous

          It’s about showing who’s in charge, not about rational planning or respect for anyone, let alone taxpayers. If team ford is no longer in charge of transit, then by god they are in charge of bike lanes. Take that, you downtown elites!

          • Anonymous

            A shameful way to run a city. So called ‘downtown elites’ are pushed aside for the suburban elites.

          • Anonymous

            Get a sense of humour. You’re going to need it.