Here's all the news that fits today: the reported seller of the infamous alleged video of the mayor is in the news again, Ford stymies some councillors at another committee meeting vote, a Richmond Hill councillor has an invitation for Quebec physicians, and you can get in your retail therapy during an ever-increasing number of hours.
One of the addresses targeted as part of the Project Traveller raids was the former home of Mohamed Siad, the man reported to be trying to sell a video that allegedly shows Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine. Yesterday, prosecutors released a list of addresses that police had requested search warrants for as part of the drug-related raids in northwest Etobicoke in June. The list includes 320 Dixon Road, which is listed on court records as Siad’s address. The Toronto Star reported that Siad attempted to sell them the alleged video.
The mayor has shown up two times in as many weeks to cast the deciding vote on spending matters before City Hall committees, sending motions to the budget committee instead of straight to council—including motions on Monday, in which Ford was the tiebreaker in a 4–3 decision to send several budget decisions for the parks and environment committee straight to the budget committee. The motions sent included decisions regarding restoring City funding to the High Park Zoo and Riverdale Farm. Ford is technically a member of all standing committees, which means he can stand in on meetings and vote, though he rarely does. “It seems to me that he is trying to avoid an increasingly unpredictable and hostile council in order to either send a message or lock in what he wants to achieve,” University of Toronto urban politics professor Zack Taylor told the National Post.
Are you a doctor in Quebec who is concerned about the province’s proposed values charter? One Richmond Hill councillor thinks you might want to consider a move to the GTA. The Town of Richmond Hill councillor Carmine Perrelli (Ward 2) wrote to approximately 200 doctors in Montreal and Quebec City on Friday, saying that they would find a welcoming community in the Toronto suburb. “We have everybody here. We all live in harmony and we all respect each other,” Perrelli told the Toronto Star.
Have some Saturday night shopping to do? Now you can plan to do it at Sherway Gardens mall, which will permanently extend its Saturday hours to 9 p.m. The change puts them in line with other major shopping centres in the GTA—the Eaton Centre also recently extended its hours, to 9:30 p.m. most nights and 7 p.m. on Sundays, and Yorkdale has been open to 9 p.m. on Saturdays for a few years. Retail never sleeps, apparently.