It's that kind of Saturday Mr. Rogers would be a fan of, so get out and soak it in. But first, some news: Scarborough subway revival, councillor in trouble over unpaid internship, Brian Burke sues the internet, a royal's in town, and one man killed by two cops in Scarborough.
Talks are underway to revive the Scarborough subway plan and confound Mayor Rob Ford. TTC Chair Karen Stintz and Scarborough councillors are planning to introduce the idea at the next council meeting. Stintz says she’s already met with the province’s deputy minister of transportation to discuss replacing the Scarborough RT with subway instead of light rail, which is the current plan. The change would cost an estimated $500 million. Funding for the Scarborough subway, a thing the mayor supports, would likely come from the taxes, tolls, and other revenue tools, things the mayor does not support. Drama.
You say unpaid intern, we say volunteer. Experts say it’s pretty much illegal whatever it’s called. Councillor Ana Bailão (Ward 18, Davenport) is facing criticism over a posting for an unpaid position in her constituency office. The job would involve tasks like drafting letters and researching, in other words, things essential to the operation of the office and things that should be compensated. Bailao’s not the only person offering a gig like this; there are an estimated 100,000 illegal unpaid positions in Ontario. No word on whether the Bailão one is still available.
Former Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke is taking legal action against trolls and suing online commenters for defamation. Burke is targeting 18 commenters who suggested his dismissal from the Leafs had something to do with an extramarital affair. So watch out, Sir Psycho Sexy—an actual name that appears on court documents—Burke is coming for you. And Mowerman too.
Bust out the fascinators, there’s a royal in town. That is, if you find Prince Philip, the Queen’s husband, fascinating. He’s here for a quick trip that includes receiving the Order of Canada, eating breakfast, and a military parade from Queen’s Park to Fort York to commemorate the 200-year anniversary of the Battle of York.
And a grim day in Scarborough as two Toronto Police officers shot and killed a man wielding a machete. The SIU has been called in to investigate. The incident happened at a bank, but it’s not clear if the man was attempting to rob the bank.