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Newsstand: June 19, 2013

It's Wednesday, which means you'll keep asking people "What day is it again?" all day long, then quietly die inside when they say it's not Thursday. In the news: residents of the recently raided North Etobicoke complex allege that they were traumatized by police, the woman who supposedly threw a drink at the mayor has a trial date, Rob Ford really likes astrology, and Parkdale's restaurant/bar cap bylaw is moving on forward.

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Residents of the allegedly gang-ridden North Etobicoke complex just raided by Toronto police are claiming that the cops used inappropriate, culturally-insensitive tactics, supposedly traumatizing the local, largely Somali community. At a press conference held yesterday, some apartment dwellers asserted that the police raid proved more distressing than any of the gang activity.

Annnnd, back to some noise about Rob Ford (don’t lie, you missed it)! Shannon Everett, the 27-year-old who allegedly threw a beverage of a hotly-disputed variety at the mayor during last weekend’s Taste of Little Italy festival, will appear in court on assault charges on July 23. Everett’s lawyer, the same lady who represented former attorney-general Michael Bryant that time he was charged with killing a cyclist, says she will vigorously defend her client.

In more Rob Ford noise, the guy, apparently, really digs astrology. Yup, you heard that. Like, star signs and stuff. Horoscopes. In a rare moment of self-revelation, the mayor, just before unveiling a Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads made by world-renowned artist Ai Weiwei being temporarily displayed in the Nathan Phillips Square reflecting pool, disclosed that he was born in the Year of the Rooster. Who knew?

And, if you were peeved about the restaurant and bar cap in Parkdale, your day probably just got a little bit worse. A proposed bylaw to restrict restaurants to 25 per cent of all businesses in four parts of Queen Street West (between Dufferin Street and Roncesvalles Avenue) was approved yesterday by the Toronto and East York community council.

CORRECTION: June 19, 2013, 9:20 AM This post originally omitted the “and” in the Toronto and East York community council.

Comments

  • Suicide Boi

    ‘It’s Wednesday, which means you’ll keep asking people “What day is it again?” all day long, then quietly die inside when they say it’s not Thursday.’

    Ha! I actually thought that this morning.

  • Jon

    Why would the Toronto East York community council have a say about bars in Parkdale?

    • MLO

      Because Parkdale is in Toronto. Not Etobicoke, Scarborough, or North York.

    • vampchick21

      Because a word is missing. It’s the Toronto AND East York community council, which covers the Old City of Toronto.

  • OgtheDim

    He’s a dad who listens to his kid when she says “take the smiley face tie”.

    And he really likes football

    And he likes astrology.
    Now if only that was all it took to be a mayor.

    • dsmithhfx

      Apparently his brain trust advertises in the back pages of “24″.

    • the_lemur

      Smiley face = symbol of drug use.
      I’m only half joking.

      • brad

        You are both dopes.

  • vampchick21

    So it seems that on the radio show they implied that the woman who threw the drink was drunk or otherwise ‘not in her right mind’. Cause, you know, you have to be drunk to throw things (not that it’s a good idea to throw things, but still).

    • Michael

      She should be prosecuted like any of us would.

      • Steveinto

        There is no video, just people who saw it, so it did not happen. I can be simple mined too.

        • tyrannosaurus_rek

          It’s journalistic fraud cooked up by the conservatard press!

      • vampchick21

        Yeah…did I say anything about that? Did I demand she go free? Didn’t think so. Try again.

        • Dave

          Your hackles are up again.

          • dsmithhfx

            Weren’t you banned?

          • Zoom Slider

            Repeatedly?

          • vampchick21

            Go away and stop stalking me Dave/Brock/Michael.

          • the_lemur

            Not saying you actually are one, but you appear to be acting like a condescending shitbag again.

      • http://www.metamorphostuff.com/ Ryan Day

        Do people actually get prosecuted for throwing drinks?

        Honest question. Absent injury or some other extenuating circumstances, you’d think the police have better things to do.

        • michael

          In a civil society and personal threat in a face to face enviornment is deemed to be an assault.
          So you condone random acts in this manner? If you were heading to an interview and someone decided to splash a slurpie on your suit minutes before you went to that meeting, you would be fine with that?

          • Zoom Slider

            It may shock you to learn that there are levels between “condone” and “prosecute in a court of law”.

          • Michael

            Where is the line drawn then?

          • Zoom Slider

            “The line”? Between saying something’s totally OK and wanting someone thrown in jail? My point is that those are not the only options.

            For example, sometimes being drunken and rude at a hockey game just gets you thrown out of the game. It’s not condoned, but pressing criminal charges might be overkill.

          • Michael

            I do not believe it constitutes jail time, but it is an assault and should not be overlooked.

          • Dave

            The woman should have thought her actions through.

        • dsmithhfx

          They’re always thinking about next year’s budget…

        • Dave
      • dsmithhfx

        Remind me: was Rob Ford prosecuted for assaulting a journalist who was just doing his job in a public park, even after publicly bragging about it?

        • Steveinto

          Ah the sweet smell of Hypocrisy.

          • Michael

            Was that joker not on Ford’s property?

          • vampchick21

            Only if Ford owns the public park that backs up his fence. You know, that public park the reporter was in, as he was trying to understand which piece of public property Ford was trying to purchase for the story he was working on?

          • Michael

            Quite odd that if this story was true that Ford was not charged. Makes you wonder.

          • vampchick21

            Sigh. The reporter chose not to press charges. You can go back via The Googles to refresh your memory on the incident if you like. Or you can stick to your weird little universe. I don’t care.

          • Michael

            The Star has you hook, line and sinker.

          • vampchick21

            Yeah, whatever. No longer give a crap about you or what you say or think DaveWilliams/brock/Michael/XXX/idiot in general. Go away and bother someone else.

          • Dave

            Look cretin, do not confuse me with others. I am sure you have disagreements on every site you post on.

          • OgtheDim

            Oh look, its Mr. “I want an honest debate” man, using an insult.

            Get over yourself troll.

          • Dave

            I meant cretin in a positive way. It slays me that this person is so slow. Generation X I suppose.

          • the_lemur

            What possible way could there be use ‘cretin’ that is ‘positive’?
            (I highly doubt you are drawing on the original circumstances of the term’s coinage).

          • vampchick21

            Is it just me or is every discussion here lately utterly ruined by this troll?

          • Welshgrrl

            Its only because people here continue to feed them and give them the reactions they want

          • OgtheDim

            I would say its more because Torontoist is using a forum that rewards trolling.

            For example, if I want to ignore a remark on here, all the comments to that, which might include some relevant discussion points are also ignored. That rewards a troll.

            Best solution is to get a forum that allows you to ignore a poster.

          • Dave

            We are on the same page. It does get disturbing when a valid point gets lost in translation, or over a certain distain for the poster or topic.

          • Dave

            I am actually the voice of reason in most of these discussions. I am only here to help point the lost in the RIGHT direction.

          • dsmithhfx

            While the repetitiveness and lack of originality are at times tedious, on the whole it’s good for the Ford Nation mentality to be exposed as a phenomenon of crass stupidity, wanton ignorance, selfishness and thinly-disguised bigotry, wallowing in self-righteousness and -pity.

          • Larselarse1

            dsmithhfx, are you Daniel Dale from the Toronto Star?

          • dsmithhfx

            He writes better than me.

          • OgtheDim

            Nah….

          • dsmithhfx

            Seriously, trolls like Dave do far more harm to Rob Ford than anything I could possibly imagine on my own. Keep up the good work, boys!

          • vampchick21

            Then maybe try changing up your posting style when you create a new sock puppet. Done with you. Go away.

          • Zoom Slider

            “Do not confuse me with others” he says as he switches from “Michael” to “Dave” within the same sub-thread.

          • Dave
  • tyrannosaurus_rek

    Maybe it’s time to stop replying to the obvious troll.

    • OgtheDim

      Yeah, I just minimised all his posts and its amazing how interesting discussions in here can be without him.

    • KRoberts

      I agree – don’t feed the trolls.

  • Dave

    For a paper that has thrown Ford under the bus on several occasions, it is amazing the amount of stories they write about the man. Without him, they would go bankrupt. He is their saviour.

  • OgtheDim

    Maybe we could get public workss to look into the amount of troll bridges we seem to have around here.

    • Dave

      Maybe, if we had Vampchick21 through Ontario Works on it, we as taxpayers would start to see a return on investment.

  • achoo!

    Seems like women are never in their right minds around Ford. He said the same thing about Sarah Thompson. He drives the ladies nuts, and not in a good way!