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Extra, Extra: Red Tape and Rosie DiManno

Every weekday’s end, Extra, Extra collects just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss.

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  • Earlier today, Mayor Rob Ford declared the start of Red Tape Awareness Week in Toronto. Yup, that’s right: a government observance that calls the very need for governance into question. How are you celebrating? We were thinking we’d build an unlicensed home addition that blocks all our neighbour’s sunlight, then cruise down to the lakefront to dump all the construction waste right into the water while we fire our unregistered guns at protected waterfowl.
  • Did you see that the Star‘s Rosie DiManno made Gawker over the weekend for authoring “the worst lede of all time”? Yes, that’s an exaggeration. But not a huge one. (UPDATE, 5:22 PM: The Star‘s public editor has published a response to concerns about DiManno’s column.)
  • Officials wanted to name the big federal building next to Union Station after Laura Secord, a heroine of the War of 1812. Guess why they decided not to.

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  • Walter Lis

    Receipts? Who needs receipts? Just more red tape. And my dog ate them.

    • Paul Lloyd Johnson

      “I’m sorry Mr Mayor but you can’t claim McDonalds on expenses….”

  • Dosie Rimanno

    I didn’t think I could hate Rosie’s writing more than i hate her stupid red hairband… She proved me wrong.

  • OgtheDim

    When not reporting on figure skating, DiManno just writes the same schtick about how people in authority are hindering the lives of others.

    She does it on smoking.

    Rob Ford


    She’s not very good at actual analysis.

  • CaligulaJones

    Red tape is good, apparently. Oh, unless you are a Torontoist foodie who is complaining that we can’t get decent street food because of, um, red tape…

  • Dave P.

    “She lost her virginity but gained a penis.” — Rosie Dimanno on prom night