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Newsstand: May 22, 2013

Hey Wednesday, fancy meeting you here. In the news: Caribbean Carnival get’s parade fences; Premier Wynne tells everyone why Paul Godfrey was fired; Wynne wags her finger (without naming names *wink*); and Lake Ontario is not getting skinnier, yet.

illustration of a person walking across a slackline between a tree and a lamp post

This year’s instalment of the Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival won’t be letting you get quite so close to the action if you come down to watch the parade. This year, the festival’s organizers have opted to keep spectators of the grand parade behind fences in an effort to “keep the route free of spectators” and allow more people a clear view. We can’t really wrap our heads around how adding a fence will help more people see, but oh well.

Premier Kathleen Wynne has publicly stated that the reasons for firing Paul Godfrey as the chair of Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation were to do with horse racing and casino hosting fees. Yesterday, Toronto city council rather strongly quashed any hopes for a casino in the city at the moment, probably in part because the provincial government wouldn’t agree to any special deals for hosting a casino in Toronto. Putting a casino here remains a key part of the OLG’s current plan to bring in an extra $1.3 billion a year. Whoever replaces Godfrey probably won’t change any minds at city hall either, but nonetheless this will still be a fun exercise in public appointments.

The Premier made a few comments (probably) about another public figure, but this time, it was (probably) Mayor Rob Ford. Wynne now (probably) joins a list of just about everyone else, calling on Ford to address allegations that he smoked crack cocaine on video. While she didn’t refer to Ford by name, she did address the fact that “a distraction of a personal nature” that stops city business from taking place is problematic. Well, either Ford or some other embarrassing “distraction of a personal nature” at city hall.

Lake Ontario can rest easy, at least for a little while, as the Toronto Port Authority is holding off on plans to fill in a section of water. They aren’t stopping this endeavour entirely, of course, they just want to make sure that airplanes can safely take-off and land on the newly minted earth, now that Porter hopes to fly new jets from the island that require a longer runway. Initially, the authority’s plan was just to put the land in place to stop boats from entering the “marine exclusion zone”—a name that kind of implies this was already land.

CORRECTION: May 22, 2013, 8:40 AM This post originally misspelled Paul Godfrey’s last name; it has been corrected.

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