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Newsstand: May 30, 2013

Oh Thursday, you sneaky bugger. Here's some news: another day, another powerful set of allegations against the mayor, a new break in the Anthony Smith shooting, the transit tax advocacy work starts at the Legislature, and councillors want to re-open the casino debate.

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And here you thought those allegations against the mayor were on their way out. Well, put this in your pipe and smoke it. The Star is reporting sources within the mayor’s office say Mayor Rob Ford knew where the alleged video was pretty much from the get-go. With this latest explosive story, it’s shaping up to be a very interesting day at City Hall. Especially since Ford doesn’t have a highway flood to deflect questions anymore. If you’re wondering what the Ontario government might do about all this (municipalities are, after all, creatures of the province), the answer is: nada. But that didn’t stop the premier from saying the mayor needs to deal with his “personal issues”. The controversy doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, so while you’re waiting for the latest development, why not learn more about the mysterious man who might or might not be playing a big role in all this? There’s a good profile on him here.

Meanwhile, police are set to address reporters later today about a development in the Anthony Smith case. You might recall him as a young man who was tragically killed earlier this year, but not before having his photo snapped with the mayor in his civvies, along with a couple of other dudes. However, the Globe says the big development will likely be that the RCMP arrested a man in Alberta, who’s being held in connection with the shooting.

Now that Metrolinx has passed its revenue tool recommendations on to the province, it’s up to Premier Kathleen Wynne and her Liberals to put some oven mitts on and start tossing that political hot potato around the Legislature to a whole whack of opposition MPPs who aren’t all that keen on making their constituents pay for transit expansion. So far Wynne isn’t saying whether she’ll try to reach a compromise on this with the NDP, who would rather corporations foot more of the bill for transit. But the Sun‘s got an idea for how to raise the money without forcing new sales taxes on people: sell drugs. At least there would be a tangible benefit to cough up the cash.

If you thought Toronto’s casino debate was dead in the water, well…it probably is. But that’s not stopping two city councillors from trying to re-open the debate on a casino at Woodbine, now that Vaughan city council has voted yes on a casino in that city. Councillors Doug Ford (Ward 2, Etobicoke North) and Norm Kelly (Ward 40, Scarborough-Agincourt) are worried a casino in Vaughan would cripple Woodbine.

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  • dsmithhfx
    • CaligulaJones

      Can’t disagree with that one. PET, Jr. is probably trying to friend him as well.

  • andrew97

    Could an Ontario legislative committee call a hearing on the crack scandal? Can they subpoena witnesses? Could they demand that Rob Ford appear before them to answer questions? I bet there would be all-party support for this.

    • scrimbro

      At this point, I think if Wynne introduced a bill to de-amalgamate Toronto, she would win every single seat, and probably the rest of Ontario who are just grateful to hear the end of it. Aside from that — I don’t see the province moving unless something really big erupts, like a slow-moving car chase on the DVP involving twin Escalades and a bunch of police cars.

      • vampchick21

        I’d pay to see that car chase.

        • Dave Williams

          You seemed really confused as not one allegation has any documented proof. This is a Toronto Star generated story that is now reflecting poorly on tier brand.

          • vampchick21

            Oh shut the bloody hell up.

          • Dave Williams

            Your displacement tactic is really pathetic.

          • MxDx

            says the master of the displacement tactic…

          • Dave Williams

            A master of identifying the truth actually.

          • MxDx

            oh do tell mr. apologist lapdog…

          • Dave Williams

            No one can apoligize for the Star and their yellow journalism. It is terrible that so many have bought what they are selling.

          • vampchick21

            I thought I just told you to shut the bloody hell up? Get on it.

          • Dave Williams

            No one here really listens to your invalid points here. You are a Star minion.

          • vampchick21

            Shut. The. Bloody. Hell. Up.

          • Dave Williams

            This form of acting out is another defensive mechanism, you are priming yourself for a couch.

          • vampchick21

            Shut the bloody hell up.

        • Dave Williams

          Sad, when a person uses displacement as you have done, it proves that an inferior argument is in the works. Pathetic.

          • oh

            vampchick21 is a ghostvillage mod, believing in imaginary things is her M.O…

          • vampchick21

            Aww, aren’t you cute! You went and googled my username! I’m flattered!

          • Dave Williams

            It stays it all then. No reality in this chick.

          • MxDx

            teee hee, you must be a performance artist…

          • vampchick21

            I also knit. Anything else you figure out in your little google search?

          • Dave Williams

            I actually did not google your name, I could care less about your imagination or lack there of. Your name speaks for itself.

          • vampchick21

            Sure, sure.

        • dsmithhfx

          Stay tuned…

      • andrew97

        I’m thinking the NDP is better positioned to stir the pot. They’ll want to help Olivia.

      • OgtheDim

        Et tu Scrimbo?

        Can we PLEASE stop with this idea that Rob is universally admired in the inner suburbs and universally loathed in the Old City?
        Or that de-amalgamation would have shunt to do with getting better transit?
        If anything, it would make the political horse trading worse (see Jack Layton trading reduced streetcar lines in his ward for the Sheppard stubway – Yes, St. Jack DID hate streetcars, at least in his ward).

  • Scrimbro

    >> Councillors Doug Ford (Ward 2, Etobicoke North) and Norm Kelly (Ward 40,
    Scarborough-Agincourt) are worried a casino in Vaughan would cripple
    Woodbine.

    Well, if they’re that worried, they should have worked harder to get a casino in Woodbine instead of insisting it had to go downtown. Because I guarantee, if Miller or Lastman was dead set on expanding Woodbine, you can bet they would have had the smarts to know how to get it done. People in that corner of Toronto: this is the leadership you elected. You’re welcome.

    • dsmithhfx

      Councillor Luby said the Fords worked harder to get a hamburger stand at City Hall than they did for Woodbine — then they blamed her when the Woodbine vote failed (when she actually voted for it).

      • Dave Williams

        More fabricated lies, you must work with the Star.

        • MxDx

          please re-read your prior comment for the irony of this statement…

        • dsmithhfx

          Shouldn’t you be picking paper clips out of the carpet?

      • vampchick21

        I’m starting to think that since Towhey got fired, David Price got tapped to flood blogs and newspaper comment sections in his place. This is the result.

        • Dave Williams

          Scary thing is that you are finally starting to think.

          • vampchick21

            Shut the bloody hell up.

          • Dave Williams

            Is that the best your little head could come up with. Pathetic.

          • MxDx

            then she’s already multiple steps ahead of you…

          • Dave Williams

            Really? In the real world, or her imaginary world. PS she does knit you know….lmao

          • vampchick21

            And knitting is funny because……go ahead, give it a whirl. I’m sure you could tie together the evils of the left wing media hunt with knitting.

          • Dave Williams

            Spare me. Possibly if you took the time to read EVERYTHING on the Rob Ford issues instead of knitting a crying towel for yourself, you would see that this is a total witch hunt. In your imaginery world I would think you would know what a witch hunt is.

          • vampchick21

            ROTFLMAO!!!!!! Seriously idiot? That’s the best you could do?

          • Dave Williams

            The only idiot here, a ghost believing sweater knitter. Please do not hex me….lmao

          • vampchick21

            Oh gods….you are such a joke.

          • Dave Williams

            Real Gods right, not that imaginary crap you subscribe to. Maybe you have all of these leftists living in your made up world….lmao

          • vampchick21

            It’s long past time that you shut the hell up.

        • dsmithhfx

          I’d love to see his cell phone+gps logs…

          • vampchick21

            Me too.

          • Dave Williams

            You would likely see that he has no attachment or involement in any of the allegations. The man is teflon as nothing that has been thrown at him sticks, as it is all made up.

          • MxDx

            don’t speak ill of dear leader people. he has brought us nothing but prosperity. viva dear leader!!

          • Dave Williams

            His record stands up with any larhe progressive city in North America. His over $1 billion dollars savings has others looking how to emulate what he has done.

          • MxDx

            has ford nation been taking talking points from north korea?

          • Dave Williams

            Ford nation is leading Canada in prosperity. Do not forget the mess that Rob Ford had to clean up.

          • MxDx

            hahahahaha, coffee just came out of my nose. good show old bean…

          • Dave Williams

            I know, you have a short memory.

          • MxDx

            You pushed away the severe storm
            You made us believe, Comrade Ford
            We cannot live without you
            Our city cannot exist without you!

            Our future and hope depend on you
            People’s fate depends on you, Comrade Ford
            We cannot live without you
            Our city cannot exist without you!

            Even if the world changes hundreds of times
            People believe in you, Comrade Ford
            We cannot live without you
            Our city cannot exist without you!

            Oh… Our Comrade Robert Ford
            Our country cannot exist without you!

          • dsmithhfx

            “Ford nation is leading Canada in prosperity.”

            Really. Then they can well afford a tax increase.

          • Dave Williams

            They are controlling spending, which allows them to manage a budget with exiting revenues. A tax increase at this point is not required, nor needed.

          • dsmithhfx

            Subway, subways, subways!

          • Dave Williams

            I agree that subways are required, but getting a backward city council to buy into it is another battle.

          • HotDang

            In no way shape or form has $1 billion been saved.
            See:
            http://metronews.ca/voices/ford-for-toronto/688301/doug-ford-says-critics-cant-go-after-our-fiscal-record-challenge-accepted/

            This is a made up number. The fact that it is a huge round number should be a dead giveaway that it’s made up. The Ford administration actually made a deficit by cutting revenue sources, then had to make all kinds of cuts to cover it up, thereby breaking the no service cuts guarantee that Ford ran on.

          • oh

            So says Matt Elliot who clearly has more faith in a George Smitherman council then I have… interestingly this so called “takedown” of the Ford fiscal record gave full credit to Ford on four out of seven points, half credit on a fifth, called one a no contest and left one open for debate. Only in vampchick21′s imaginary world is that a “win”

          • OgtheDim

            Meh…made up numbers are made up numbers, even if the person discovering a number is made up isn’t your friend.

          • oh

            Nothing made up about the $1B that the Libs blew on the still non-functional E-Health system with G.S. as number two… The Samsung deal is slowly but surely destroying taxpayer cashh as well.

          • OgtheDim

            And this gives Rob a pass?
            Please do not assume that those who whack away on Ford are happy with the Libs.

          • dsmithhfx

            Are you talking about Rob the gangbangers’ pal, or David Price, Dougie’s alleged business partner? Because we’re talking about the latter.

    • Dave Williams

      Miller, was not dead set on any new business period, he was more than happy to please his union supporters and increase taxes. I cannot find one example of an actual business that moved to Toronto and strived while Miller was in power.

      • OgtheDim

        Ummm…….thousands of restaurant staff in this city would disagree.

        • Dave Williams

          I stand corrected.

    • dsmithhfx