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Newsstand: November 28, 2012

To everyone who believes we should have written this differently, we sincerely apologize. NOT! In the news: the witch hunt for one Mississauga man ends; a big film prize, for a Canadian film prize; Toronto loses at football; you win at parking tickets; and the elephants are finally getting their retirement (in a bit).

The Mississauga owner of a Spanish-language newspaper has been charged with pretending to practice witchcraft after he allegedly sought $14,000 from a sick woman and her family to remove a curse on her. Gustavo Valencia Gomez was also charged with other, less old-timey sounding crimes, such as fraud over $5,000 and possession of the proceeds of crime, but those are no fun. The suspected pretend-witch ran an ad in his paper, promoting himself as a healer with services available in Toronto, London, and Montreal. With ties to those three cities and Mississauga, maybe he isn’t so much a witch as he is some sort of anti-mayor faerie.

The Toronto Film Critics’ Association will be spilling out a lot more cash this year for its choice of the best Canadian film. The TFCA has been giving out awards at a gala event for the past five years, but, starting with this upcoming round, the cash prize it gives for best film will be at the $100,000 mark—a far cry above the $15,000 of the past. This year’s three contenders will be announced on December 18, so you had better hurry up and finish that “based on a true story,” shaky-camera horror film that you and your buddies keep talking about.

The Don Bosco Eagles lost to Newmarket’s Huron Heights Warriors last night at the Metro Bowl. Oh well, it was nice to be a winning sports city for at least a couple days.

Good news, lawbreakers, Toronto is going soft on crime by getting better at letting people know when their parking tickets can easily be fought and won. In July, city council voted to give the benefit of the doubt to people that receive parking tickets within 10 minutes of their meter expiring, but a report discussed at city council last night from Fiona Crean, Toronto’s ombudsman, says that the City is not doing enough to make people aware of municipal policies around getting tickets cancelled. No, they probably aren’t.

Also last night, city council voted once again to send the Toronto Zoo’s three elephants to the PAWS sanctuary in California. This time, zoo staff will apparently comply with council’s decision, but there are still a number of arrangements that need to be made before the animals can go spend their time in the sun.

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  • Eric S. Smith

    I’ve always liked that the §365 offence is pretending to practise witchcraft, implying that if you actually do have magical powers, we’re not going to hassle you. On a close reading of the law, alas, you’re only allowed to tell fortunes for free, no matter your actual abilities.