Fly away vile work week, it's the weekend's turn. Step up Saturday, and show us your news: a field trip to the AGO turns tummies, what dogs want from the condo boom, Doug Holyday has a question for council, the mayor has some people over, fake health inspectors, and subway closures.
In the kind of art attack that is much less endearing than a chipper British guy teaching you how to make an airplane out of socks and towels, five children became suddenly ill while on a field trip to the Art Gallery of Ontario. Hazmat teams searched the galleries for noxious substances, but didn’t find anything. Officials say the illness may have been caused by something outside the gallery, like construction dust or bus exhaust. The kids were taken to hospital but they’re doing fine.
In all this talk of condo booms and bustles, there is one voice going unheard. A voice that cuts through all the cries of NIMBYism and public transit worries and simply asks, “Woof?” Yes, the dogs of this city need somewhere to sleep and pee, too, and more and more those sleeping and peeing places are in condos. How to accommodate the dogs has got tongues wagging among planners, developers, and politicians, with many talking about the need for more green spaces in and around the towers. So just add that to the list of things we need to think about.
Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday plans to ask city council a question next week that he can just get an answer to right here; yes, the answer is yes. The question: does the City have to employ an integrity commissioner and an ombudsman? Legally, Toronto must have both. But Holyday is proposing that, hey, maybe we don’t? (We do.) Holyday says he wants to combine the two jobs in order to save money, and swears this has nothing at all to do with the mayor’s recent trouble with both offices.
Mayor Rob Ford had some friends over to his mom’s house to watch Sunday Night Football and talk strategy. Oh, and by “friends” we mean 20 of his city council allies. And the strategy they were discussing was for the next two years and the upcoming (ish?) election. And by “watch Sunday Night Football” we mean exactly that.
Toronto Public Health is warning restaurant owners that someone has been going around town pretending to be a health inspector so as to trick restaurants into paying $300 for first aid kits. “Not so fast, fake health inspector,” the restaurateurs should say. “Where is your health inspector badge?” And at that point any real health inspector would show the badge that health inspectors actually do have. They have badges.
And the weekend just wouldn’t be the weekend without some TTC closures to report: the Bloor-Danforth line with be closed all weekend between Kipling and Keele stations. Shuttle buses will be running.