Climb on up on Mount Tuesday, and take a gander at the valley of news: Rob Ford's legal team plots his defense ahead of next week's hearing, charges laid in dismemberment murder, CAMH closes its physio clinic, new federal electoral ridings planned for the GTA, and anti-violence activist is deported.
We’re getting a couple of sneak peeks at Mayor Rob Ford’s legal defense against conflict-of-interest charges. The mayor will have to testify in open court on the matter next week, but until that goes live, there’s 148 pages of cross-examination transcripts to mull over. The Star is reporting that the mayor’s defense lawyer has a three-pronged argument to convince the judge Rob Ford should not be removed from office, including the argument that the amount of money at the heart of the matter, just over $3,000, is insignificant. Case closed.
Police have laid second degree murder charges against the former boyfriend of Guang Hua Liu. Liu is the woman who was killed and dismembered. The couple was together for four years but police say the couple had been recently estranged.
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health has decided to shut down its physiotherapy services. The cuts come as other hospitals are cutting similar services. The closure of the physio clinic will eliminate one full-time and one part-time job, save the centre $100,000, and make life a little bit harder for the patients who needed it.
Christmas is coming early this year, as the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission may be adding 15 new federal ridings in Ontario, 11 of which are in the GTA. Because southern Ontario, much like O’Doyle, rules! Oh and growing populations demand more electoral regions in order to satisfy voter equity.
And anti-violence activist and somewhat-controversial community figure Kemi Omololu-Olunloyo has been deported to her home country of Nigeria. Omololu-Olunloyo became a well-known figure, often speaking out for victims of violent crime, and garnering praise from Crime Stoppers Constable Scott Mills. But a string of outstanding warrants caught up with her, and after an unsuccessful refugee application, she boarded a plane at Pearson last Friday.