Time to stop Saturday snoozin' and get some Saturday news-in: Ford announces potential deputy mayor replacement; massive subway closure planned; feminist conference draws criticism; and the downtown slaughterhouse might be moving.
Mayor Rob Ford hosted his annual BBQ in Scarborough on Friday night, and it had everything a barbecue should have: beer, burgers, and announcements. When he wasn’t leading the crowd in a round of “Subways, subways, subways!” chanting—which actually happened—the mayor announced that Norm Kelly (Ward 40, Scarborough-Agincourt) would become deputy mayor if Doug Holyday (Ward 3, Etobicoke Centre) wins the Etobicoke-Lakeshore seat at Queen’s Park in an upcoming by-election.
There are few moments sweeter than realizing a subway closure is not affecting your line—the way the University-Spadina liners must have felt on Tuesday as the poor suckers on the Yonge line were stranded by signal problems. But this fall the rivals will become allies as they are forced to bond over a massive subway closure. The entire U-section, including Union station, will be shut down for a weekend in October, with portions remaining closed for nine days. The shutdown is needed to upgrade the original signalling infrastructure that was installed decades ago and plagues us all.
There is a radical feminist conference going on in town that weekend, and not everyone is happy about it. The RadFem Rise Up! conference is being criticized and protested for excluding trans-women. The organizers say the issues being discussed, such as abortion and other reproductive concerns, don’t apply to trans women, and their inclusion would be tantamount to inviting men, something the organizers definitely don’t want to do.
And the owners of a slaughterhouse near King and Bathurst streets have requested their property be rezoned from industrial to mixed use. Apparently this is a move undertaken by landowners wishing to sell to developers. But the people at Quality Meat Packers Ltd. promised they won’t be moving any time soon.