With the start of the week comes the end of the month and the beginning of something special. Rom-coms should be set on this day. And news: Ford wants review of Pan Am Games expenses, deputy mayor wants Ford to do more stuff, officer in Sammy Yatim shooting has court date, cemeteries are dying, and there was an overnight assault at College and Spadina.
Mayor Rob Ford is asking for an auditor general’s review of the Pan Am Games executive team after reading a Toronto Sun column detailing its expenses. Ford made the suggestion on his weekly radio show with his brand of folksy outrage, telling listeners the column will “blow your cork.” Conservative MPP Rod Jackson (Barrie) told the Sun that 32 members of the Pan Am team each earn over $100,000 a year. CEO Ian Troop makes $477,259—he took a pay cut after his $550,000 salary caused a bit of an uproar. Cue uproar round two.
And though the mayor rarely misses his radio show, he’s slightly less reliable when it comes to his scheduled appearances. But new deputy mayor Norm Kelly has plans to fix that. Kelly is planning to “gently” encourage the mayor to attend more than the average 2.5 daily events and meetings the Globe estimates Ford makes. Yes, that’ll do it. The plan of gentle encouragement always works.
Const. James Forcillo’s lawyer will be in court Monday in an attempt to set a preliminary hearing date for the officer’s second-degree murder trial in the wake of the Sammy Yatim shooting. Const. Forcillo will not appear in court, but his lawyer said he is eager to start the trial process.
It seems even the dead have to worry about low-interest rates. GTA cemetery operators reveal they’re still feeling a financial pinch from the 2008 crash. With grave sales dwindling thanks to a finite amount of land, cremations have become the main money maker. But it seems many cemeteries aren’t earning enough each year to prop up their operating funds, which are generally withdrawn from interest earned on a percentage of income. If the bills don’t get paid, the cemetery dies, and the City of Toronto turns it into a park, apparently.
Three men are in hospital, one with life-threatening injuries, after a late-night fight at College and Spadina. The fight broke out around 3:40 a.m. Police are now searching for the assailant, who is armed with a baseball bat.