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Newsstand: October 9, 2013

My throat hurts. News: city council votes for a Scarborough subway extension, the mayor has more shady friends, city councillors are concerned that the mayor has more shady friends, and a suspect has been named in the fatal stabbing of a man at Nuit Blanche.

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Following a day of heated debate, city council has reached a conclusion about Scarborough transit, and that conclusion, based on a 24-20 vote, is subways. A subway extension, that is, plus a 1.6 per cent tax increase over the next three years to help finance it. The highlight (based on not being there at all), was when Councillor Doug Ford (Ward 2, Etobicoke North) had his microphone cut off after raising his voice to attempt to brobeat another councillor.

And if you thought Mayor Rob Ford couldn’t surround himself with more shady characters, think again my friend, ’cause the shadiness just keeps on giving: the Globe and Mail has learned that one of the men the mayor enlisted to coach his former high school football team has, drum roll…a criminal past. “Peter Payman,” which is kind of the cheesiest fake name ever (what is he, Spiderman?), was recruited by the mayor for Don Bosco Catholic Secondary School’s football team and was listed as a coach in game programs until the close of last season. His real name is Payman Aboodowleh, and his unsavoury repertoire includes acting as an enforcer for the now infamous and recently arrested Alessandro “Sandro” Lisi, as well as assaulting a peace officer, assaulting his brother, and breaking and entering. Good thing he wasn’t brought on to work with impressionable underage youth. Oh, wait, no, that happened.

In addition to making Mayor Rob Ford’s year at yesterday’s city council meeting by approving a Scarborough subway extension, city councillors on both sides of the political sandbox (yup, that’s an expression now) voiced concern over the company the mayor keeps.

Toronto police have named a suspect in the fatal stabbing of 19-year-old Rameez Khalid during Nuit Blanche. Emanuel Lozada, 22, is a Venezuelan immigrant who lives in Toronto.

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