Why do short weeks always seem so long? In the news: a couple of councillors have their eyes on Queen's Park, Toronto's elephants could be taking a road trip this fall, Toronto police will look into tracking doorings, and a Blue Jays catcher has some opinions and isn't afraid to share them.
Toronto deputy mayor Doug Holyday (Ward 3, Etobicoke Centre) is throwing his hat in the provincial ring: he’s running as a candidate for the PCs in the upcoming provincial byelection in Etobicoke-Lakeshore. The decision pits the long-serving city councillor against another ally of Mayor Rob Ford, Peter Milczyn (Ward 5, Etobicoke-Lakeshore), who is running in the same riding for the Liberals. Both councillors said they’ll donate their pay during the campaign for the August 1 election, but are not immediately resigning their seats. But either way Ford is likely to soon lose an ally on city council.
It looks like the plan to get the three Toronto Zoo elephants from Ontario to a sanctuary in California may now involve a road trip, as a plan to move the elephants by ground was discussed at a council meeting yesterday. The initial plan to move the elephants by military plane, funded by former talk-show host Bob Barker, was postponed until at least the fall by the Department of National Defence, which has not yet made a final decision on its participation. A ground transfer could happen by mid-October, but doesn’t have unanimous support. “I think that if we’re going to do this we do it right and the right way to do it is to send them by air,” said Christine McKenzie, president of the CUPE Local 1600 union that represents zoo employees, told The Toronto Star.
Anyone who’s had the experience would probably disagree with the Toronto Police’s policy of not recording “doorings” because they don’t officially qualify as collisions. But after the Star reported last week that the cops aren’t keeping track of the numbers for doorings—when a cyclists collides with an abruptly opened car door—the chair of the Toronto police board has now drafted a report on keeping count. The report will be released when the board meets on July 18.
Slumping Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencebia took to the airwaves yesterday, complaining about the criticism he and the team have received from TV analysts Dirk Hayhurst and Gregg Zaun, whom he dismissed as being “below-average” players when they were in the league. Hayhurst and Zaun work for Sportsnet, and Arencebia made his comments—which he stood by when talking to press before last night’s game—on Sportsnet radio; both outlets are owned by Rogers Communications, which also owns the Toronto Blue Jays, so that’s kind of weird. Anyway, Arencebia might have better responded to the criticism of his criticism of the criticism by getting more than a single non-scoring hit in last night’s blowout by the Detroit Tigers.