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Newsstand: October 15, 2013

Thanksgiving has come and gone. Time to place your bet as to when we'll start hearing Christmas music in department stores. In the news: Rob Ford chats about robocalls, plans to revive Seaton House are taking shape, the environmental assessment of the east end of the Gardiner continues, the Ikea Monkey may see another day in court, and Ripley's Aquarium of Canada opens.

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During his weekly radio show, Mayor Rob Ford defended his decision to order robocalls to inform Scarborough residents that Ward 43 councillor Paul Ainslie voted against the Scarborough subway extension. The mayor also said that he paid for the calls personally.

Eight abandoned homes on George Street will be used by the City as part of a planned revival of Seaton House, the neighbouring shelter located at 339 George Street that currently houses over 500 men. Toronto Star reporter Gemma Karstens-Smith gives a detailed history of the area and outlines plans for the dilapidated heritage properties to be redeveloped into an emergency shelter, long-term care facility, and community space.

Later this morning, Deputy City Manager John Lively will be joined by Waterfront CEO John Campbell and planner Chris Glaisek to announce the next phase of the environmental assessment for the east end of the Gardiner Expressway. By spring 2015, the assessment will ultimately determine whether the Gardiner between Jarvis Street and Leslie Street should be either maintained, improved, replaced, or removed. City residents will also have a turn to weigh in on the issue at a public forum on Wednesday night.

The fight for the Ikea Monkey may not be as over as we’d like it to be. A judge previously ruled that custody of the tiny primate named Darwin would not be returned to owner Yasmin Nakhuda. Well, Nakhuda has filed a notice of appeal with the Court of Appeal for Ontario to have that ruling overturned. Insert facepalm here.

Finally, get ready to unleash your inner Steve Zissou when Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada opens its doors to the public tomorrow.


  • tyrannosaurus_rek

    You can’t own a monkey and treat it like a pet, but you can own hundreds of wild sea creatures, some probably endangered and some probably acquired just as illegally, and put them on display for a profit.

    • HotDang

      Do you remember when Ross had to give up Marcel to a zoo, so that he could be with other monkeys? Marcel needed the company of other monkeys because he was going crazy surrounded only by humans with no monkey companionship.

      Similarly, Darwin needs to be with other monkeys, and the fish need to be with other fish.

      • tyrannosaurus_rek

        So if Nakhuda had a few other monkeys, it would be ok?

  • James D Paterson

    Hopefully the case is ended once and for all and this woman goes back to her boring life.

    It’s bad enough that she’s wasted the time and money of countless people based on a “I didn’t know it was wrong!” bullshit excuse.

    • dsmithhfx

      Let her have her 15 minutes of fame. After, maybe she can run for city council. Or mayor. The bar is pretty low.

      • James D Paterson

        I’d like to think that, ten months later, her fifteen minutes would’ve been long over.

        Damn us and our apparently slow news year.

  • qianqong