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Newsstand: December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas Eve! In the news: York University sues a former exec for fraud; the owners of the Real Jerk face another snafu in their plans to relocate; a "Gangnam Style" parody gets Sunnybrook in trouble with a birth advocacy group; and cops in Scarborough go on a wild-turkey chase.

York University is suing a former executive, claiming that Michael Markicevic used an invoice-fraud scheme to illegally charge the school for about $250,000 in home renovations. The former assistant vice-president of campus services and business operations got the school to foot the bill for renovations done at his home with university staff and materials, York alleges in the suit. Markicevic denies the claims.

The Real Jerk eatery left its Queen Street East and Broadview Avenue location earlier this year after a landlord dispute, and attempts to relocate haven’t quite gone as the restaurant’s owners hoped. The latest snag in their plan to reopen on the ground floor of a new condo development near their original location is resident opposition to their application for a liquor license. Forty of the condo’s residents oppose the application mainly due to concerns about noise, and the decision on a liquor license now rests with Ontario’s License Appeal Tribunal.

It is the meme that will not die: the Parkdale Community Food Bank is filming a “Gangam Style”–inspired video, featuring several local politicians, to kick off its fundraising campaign for the holidays. They should watch out when they resume shooting in January, because a PSY parody can apparently get you in hot water: Sunnybrook pulled its own “Gangam” parody video, promoting its maternity ward, after a complaint by the founder of the advocacy group Humanize Birth.

A wild turkey has been apprehended in Scarborough after running a-fowl of the law on the weekend. The bird, first spotted in traffic on Kingston Road on Friday, led police on a two-day chase through the burb, until cops finally caught up with it on the back lot of a car dealership. The bird will be released into a wild-turkey sanctuary outside Toronto. No word on if the turkey was trying to escape becoming someone’s Christmas dinner.


  • Fred

    I’m always amazed what people will contest. You buy a condo that features the noise and pollution of the DVP 24/7 – not to mention the rattle of the Queen streetcars, but you contest the opening of a restaurant because it’s going to sell alcohol. And alcohol sales always lead to noise, right? No wonder these condo residents are grumpy, what with all that cognitive dissonance in their head!!

    • Anonymous

      It’s on the ground floor of their building.

    • Sean Marshall

      Fred: You would think these condo buyers would know to do their due diligence, right? Google Streetview shows a patio being completed in 2011 on the west side of the building attached to one of the retail units, which would look to me as if a restaurant was planned. I have zero patience for condo buyers who move into the big city and then expect to sterilize it.