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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.


  • glenn_storey
    • Dinah Might

      Well, there you go! Since a photo of you possibly sleeping = immediate firing of you & your manager, that should be the end of Rob AND Doug Ford!

      • glenn_storey

        let’s sleep shame mayor bootygrabber. copy the link and post it to all city councillors, and all media. we’ll fight fire with fire.

    • em_robin

      My boss takes that sitting position all the time during meetings. If I sat there rapidly snapping photos of him, eventually I’d get one mid blink and he’d look like he’s sleeping.

      • Dinah Might

        Apparently that’s all it takes. Go for it, maybe you’ll get his job!

      • bobloblawbloblawblah

        …and perhaps that parks and rec employee only put his head down for a second. Perhaps he was on his break and put his head down for five minutes. We don’t know. Just like your example of taking numerous photos of your boss just to get one of him looking like he’s asleep, it’s unfair to splash this guys photo all over the news and demand that he be fired. Ford and Mammolitti are nasty, low politicians trying to score cheap points off this photo. There are procedures for dealing with this sort of thing in any workplace.

        • AllanG

          Perhaps he worked all night to deal with a problem? Perhaps he just heard that someone close to him passed away? Lots of “perhaps” but those get in the way of a good rant. The mayor and his sidekicks have no shame, no compassion and no common sense. It’s all politics, all the time.

      • AllanG

        City staff should not be spending time blinking on company time.

    • Chris Brown

      Someone (maybe in the media) ought to shove that pic in his face next time he talks about this. Hilarious!

    • dsmithhfx

      He’s resting his bloodshot eyes!

  • vampchick21

    Hey Robbie! Try practicing what you preach. You stop being an embarrassment first, then we’ll talk about some poor shmuck in North York.

  • blearghhh

    How many times does GFL have to do something like this before the outsourcing doesn’t save any money any more?

    • dsmithhfx

      Hmmm, I wonder which is costing this city more: some gym attendant taking a nap, or a $3.7-million lawsuit?

      • tyrannosaurus_rek

        Not just any lawsuit, but a lawsuit from a company our idiot mayor hired to save us money…

        • John D.

          But, but, but…Blob, er, Slob, uh, that is to say, Rob saved Taranta a bajillion gazillion dollars! Just ask him! He’ll tell you so himself, and that proves it!!!

          • KRoberts

            And if you don’t believe him, just ask all his anonymous sources from the various Tim Hortons across the city!

  • glenn_storey

    apparently mammo had a handicapped parking space at that same community centre repurposed for his own use.

    • dsmithhfx

      Apparently his brain surgery didn’t take.

  • dsmithhfx

    Darwin for mayor!

  • AllanG

    Yup the city’s saving “millions” on the initial privatized garbage contract. The actual bills are another story. Will Ford subtract $3.7 million from his savings list?