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Newsstand: October 17, 2013

I got nothin'. In today's news: Rob Ford wants City employees to quit being embarrassments to us all, the elephants are scheduled to leave for California today, the company that hauls half of Toronto's trash is suing the City, and the Toronto Catholic District School Board finds its second case of tuberculosis in less than a month.

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Mayor Rob Ford is kicking up a fuss about a photograph being circulated at City Hall. The picture shows an unnamed City employee seemingly sleeping—with his or her head down on a desk—on the job. After the picture was first revealed by Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti (Ward 7, York West), who claims it depicts a city worker asleep on the job at 10:30 am at a North York community centre, Ford made a string of self-righteous comments to media about dismissing the employee and his or her manager. Ford then referred to the incident as a “complete embarrassment and a black eye on our city,” which is simultaneously the most poetic and the most deeply hypocritical thing to ever leave that guy’s mouth. There may yet be hope for him as a politician.

The Toronto Zoo’s famous elephant trio is slated to begin their journey to California today, but the question of whether zoo staff will accompany our guys once getting past the U.S. border is pretty much the elephant in the room. I mean, it’s not, because it’s being talked about a whole bunch. But basically, zoo staff were asked by the company managing the move to sign a non-disclosure agreement that ensures they stay mum regarding anything that goes down on the south-of-the-border portion of the trip. Why so sketchy, American elephant-moving company?

GFL Environmental Corp., the waste management company that collects half of Toronto’s garbage, is suing the City for $3.7 million after excavating the site of the Pan Am Aquatics Centre in the city’s east end—extra work they say that was not covered in their original contract. The City is countersuing for $200,000 and is denying allegations of a contract breach.

For the second time in under a month, a case of tuberculosis has been found in one of the Toronto Catholic District School Board’s high schools. Last month, the school board confirmed a case of the sickness at Scarborough’s Mary Ward Catholic Secondary School, while this time it was detected at Chaminade College School, near Highway 400 and Jane Street. The board won’t disclose if the person infected is a student or staff member.

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