Alright Tuesday, wipe the sleep from your eyes and pour that orange juice over your head, because it's go time. In the news: the final vote on anti-bullying legislation happens today; city council reacts to the weekend's fatal shooting at the Eaton Centre, and more details about the shooter and the victims; bag fee and youth outreach workers up for debate at city council this week; and the SIU is called in after a man dies in Scarborough.
As the Liberals anti-bullying bill goes to its final vote in the legislature today, a case is being made for gay-straight alliances to start even before high school. An east end–middle school already has such a club. And with support from the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, a symposium was recently held to teach 50 elementary school employees about starting their own GSAs.
Christopher Husbands, the man accused in the Eaton Centre shooting, appeared in court on Monday afternoon. Turns out that court is a familiar place for Husbands, who has previous drug charges and was already under house arrest for sexual assault charges. About the victim, we know Ahmed Hassan was gang-affiliated, according to police, and was explicitly targeted by Husbands.
After the weekend’s fatal shooting incident, the mayor and city councillors have been making both harmlessly hyperbolic and predictably bonkers statements. Mayor Rob Ford called Toronto the “safest city in the world,” while Giorgio Mammoliti (Ward 7, York West) tried to get a debate going about reinstating capital punishment. To be fair, Mammo didn’t just bring up the death penalty in reaction to what happened at the Eaton Centre. He was was also referring to the crimes of Luka Rocco Magnotta, the man who was arrested yesterday after an international police hunt.
Also after the weekend’s fatal shooting incident, city council will vote on whether to save the jobs of 17 youth outreach workers slated for elimination. The 17 jobs on the chopping block represent over half the city’s entire cache of youth outreach workers, which currently sits at 29. The elimination was part of the 2012 budget, but now councillor Pam McConnell (Ward 28, Rosedale) hopes to get enough support for a motion she’s putting forward on Thursday that will see the budget re-opened, with funding for the 17 workers extended for the rest of the year.
Also up for debate at this week’s city council meeting, the five-cent bag fee.
And the Special Investigations Unit is investigating, after a man went through a window and fell 15 storeys to his death after police entered his Scarborough residence.
The article previously referred to the Ontario Elementary Teachers Foundation when it should have been Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario. The above has been corrected.