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Newsstand: February 27, 2013

What a lovely winter/spring day. We might just go have a picnic in the park. In the news: Ford asked to pray the zoning bylaw away, blood money potentially coming to Toronto, Ford is not going to ask you for money, no strollers in some doctor’s offices, and elephants just wanna have fun.

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Put your hands together (and then leave them together) for zoning bylaws. That’s what Mayor Ford and a few other councillors are expected to do at a prayer rally alongside noted anti-gay-rights “Doctor” Charles McVety. As part of the ongoing harmonization of the City’s rules, a new zoning bylaw will make it illegal for places of worship to be put in light industrial zones. McVety doesn’t like that idea, so he is holding a prayer rally.

It’s a good time to start calculating your weregild, because blood money could be coming to Toronto. A new plasma collection company plans to open their doors at two locations in the city and if they receive the clearance they need from Health Canada, you could get about $20 for giving what’s in you to give. This practice of paying for plasma donations is currently in place across the US and in Winnipeg, but the World Health Organization is encouraging all countries to move towards only unpaid donations.

Prayers aside, Ford is not planning on asking tax payers to foot his legal bill. Instead, he’s asking a single tax payer to cover his costs. That is, if Ford does not receive the full amount of his legal costs from Paul Magder, the private citizen who brought Ford’s recent conflict of interest case forward, then the Mayor will not ask the city for any cash to cover his expenses.

Do you remember yesterday, when we told you about an apparent discrepancy in who can and who can’t easily get an appointment with a family doctor? Well, it turns out that maybe you shouldn’t be a baby either.

The Bowmanville Zoo is coming under scrutiny from an American animal rights organization that claims the pending transfer of an Asian elephant to the facility is rooted in commercial pursuits, not breeding, as the zoo claims. The zoo, as you might expect, denies the claim. Just imagine the look on that elephant’s face when he finds out that the fatherhood he was promised was all just a sham to get him to come live in a very elephant un-friendly climate.


  • Stanley Blanc

    Spring DOES NOT begin till March 21st True spring weather though usually for the past 11 years has noy arrived till abou April 1st t0 11th!

    • IJustGotToBeMe

      I had a really big bowl movement this morning too. How does that work for ya?

    • vampchick21

      You missed the joke, right?

  • Stanley Blanc

    Oh yes I was referiing too spring in Toronto.

    • vampchick21

      And missing the joke.

  • Stanley Blanc

    Sorry for keying erorrs and too shouild be to

  • OgtheDIm

    I kinda wonder what the Star would have said if it wasn’t the reprehensible McVety inviting Ford, but instead one of the many groups in the city that are going to have trouble finding a place to worship now attempting to get heard at council by a centrist councillor? But, hey, gotta put the full force of the press behind 50/50 draws instead.

    • tyrannosaurus_rek

      With churches being converted into condos, I have to wonder how real this can’t-find-a-place-to-believe-in-ghosts problem is.

    • SRC

      But it is McVety, it is a news story about The Mayor meeting a man with unpopular opinions. Not an opinion piece on whom the mayor should or should not meet. Time to read real newspapers so you can tell the difference.

    • dsmithhfx

      It’s a fine opportunity for Rob to burnish his anti-gay credentials ‘before’ (nudge-wink) the election. Wouldn’t surprise me if Dollar Beer Tim put in an appearance too.