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Newsstand: May 23, 2013

Ah, Thursday. There's nothing quite like it—by which we mean just end it already. In the news: a casino could spring up in the suburbs, a new arrest in the Tim Bosma case, the figures are in for the Grey Cup, and something terrible happened yesterday morning.


Toronto’s casino debate earlier this week was kind of the municipal equivalent of a hippopotamus fighting a squirrel. With a baseball bat. In other words, there was a trouncin’ a happenin’. But no matter how you phrase it, you had to know that wasn’t the last you’d see of the OLG and its modernization plan in these here parts. Because there are a whole lot of towns and cities around here, and some of them would love to host a casino. And while the ones that seem to favour a casino most strongly are generally of the “where on the map is it again?” variety, Markham, Vaughan, and Mississauga are also looking into it. It’s not over yet.

Family and friends of Tim Bosma met yesterday to honour the Ancaster man’s life. He was found dead after taking two people out on a test drive of a truck he was selling. Meanwhile, Hamilton police have arrested a second man in connection with his death, who is being charged today with first degree murder.

Speaking of funerals, many of the city’s media types and political figures joined the hundreds of people remembering the life of Toronto Sun founding editor Peter Worthington. The funeral even attracted Mayor and full-time media ninja Rob Ford, who was apparently handing out magnets and cards while waiting for the funeral to end.

Ontario schools’ procedures for what to do in case an armed assailant enters the premises are totally wrong, according to a pair of school security experts from the U.S. And let’s face it, this is probably something the Americans know more about than us. But so far the TDSB isn’t acknowledging their concerns.

If it felt like last November’s Grey Cup festivities just went on and on, well first of all, you’re kind of a grump. And second, you need to understand that those few days were pure hustlin’. Not only did the home team win the championship, but Toronto also took football fans from around Canada for about $95 million.

Normally media outlets don’t report on suicides. It’s a general policy that’s there to discourage copycats—something that obviously isn’t as much of a concern when it comes to murder, rape, torture, robbery, assault, not taking your bag off on the TTC, war, genocide, and many other abhorrent behaviours. However, some cases warrant a lift of that policy. Like, for instance, when someone steals the purse of a woman who jumped in front of a subway train. Yep, that is a thing that happened in this city. Have a nice day.


  • tyrannosaurus_rek

    Ford passing out magnets at a funeral, then asking reporters to “show some respect”, is basically a British sitcom come to life.

  • Sam

    In the pilot episode of Orphan Black that aired a couple months ago, the protagonist steals the purse of someone who jumps in front of a subway train. The show is shot in Toronto. Weird coincidence.

    • SmarterThanYou86

      Yah my sister told me that yesterday when I told her this tragic tale – really sick, are times so desperate that we rob a victim of suicide?

      • dsmithhfx

        The suspect has been identified as having “mental health issues”, and not charged by the TPS.

  • andrew97

    So are there any protests happening to demand the mayor’s resignation? If not, let’s organize one.

    • dizzz
      • HotDang

        I like this better than the sit-in at his house, but has he confirmed that he’ll be back on the radio this weekend? I really doubt he’ll perform when every call will be about the crack video.

        • dsmithhfx

          Every call will be a variation on “We love you. You’re doing a great job”. Guaranteed. Be interesting to see who the guests will be though.

          • HotDang

            Then they’ll get calls like “We love you, you’re doing a great job. Didyoueversmokecrack?” followed by a swift hang up for three hours.

          • dsmithhfx

            I’m thinking all the callers allowed to get on air will be pre-vetted.

          • vampchick21

            that won’t stop anyone from passing the pre-vetting test and totally changing what they say once they get on the air. How hard is it to fake as a Ford supporter?

          • dsmithhfx

            You’ve heard of caller id? When I say “pre-vetted”, I mean drank the koolaid, and signed a loyalty oath.

          • vampchick21


          • dsmithhfx

            Actually, things are unraveling so fast, I’m beginning to wonder if there will be another show. But who knows, maybe Rob will become a full-time radio host.

          • SmarterThanYou86

            Now that he’s been banned from coaching football in the TCDSB he’ll need something to fill his days…

  • Rustled

    Is there a Toronto news blog that just gives me the facts in clear, concise language? Or do they all sound like my Grandpa just found out what twitter is.

    • dsmithhfx

      What does that sound like, for instance? I bet you’ve got some choice examples.

      • vampchick21

        He’s just complaining about his Jimmies is all