It's Friday. Thanksgiving is almost here, which means you're running out of time to Google a recipe for stuffing. In the news: welcome Peter Leon to city council, lawsuits cost the City of Toronto a pretty penny, five criminal masterminds face charges in several smash-and-grabs, EMS workers are overworked and understaffed, and the police may or may not have a surveillance plane.
Give a golf clap for Peter Leon, the new councillor for Ward 3, Etobicoke Centre. An Etobicoke businessman, Leon received 26 votes on the third ballot to gain the appointment. You may recall that he was the candidate endorsed by Doug Holyday, who vacated the seat when he ascended to provincial politics in August.
It’s raining settlements and legal fees in Toronto. Since 2000, the City of Toronto has doled out over $200 million dollars to settle civil lawsuits. A lot of the cases are covered by confidentiality agreements, but it is known that almost one in four of settlements was related to road and sidewalk maintenance. The strangest claim? Someone once successfully sued the city for $25 000 after being hit by a golf ball. Yes, that actually happened.
Five men have been arrested in connection with a spree of recent smash-and-grabs across the GTA. They face a total of 28 charges related to crimes which include driving a truck into Sherway Gardens and smashing through the storefront of the Prada store in Yorkville. In related news: real life is not like Ocean’s Eleven, people.
An investigation into the death of an elderly woman who waited three hours for an ambulance in 2012 gives a jarring glimpse into the state of Toronto’s Emergency Medical Services. The internal report reveals concerns that EMS workers are being overworked, and that there are not enough paramedics on the road to ensure adequate city-wide ambulance coverage. On the bright side, EMS Deputy Chief Gord McEachen says that 65 new paramedics have been hired in 2013 to help fill the gap. On the not-so-bright-side, a consultant’s report states that 200 new paramedics are needed to cover the growing demands of the city. Anyone have the heart to tell McEachen that his math is a little off?
Finally, according to Global News, the Toronto Police may or may not have a surveillance plane. It looks credible that they do own a Cessna, but they won’t get into the specifics of how they use it for investigation purposes. Oh, and Doug Ford thinks the police should have a helicopter also. Because, why not?