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Extra, Extra: Copper Thieves, Rob Ford’s Valentine, and Artistic Torontonians

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  • Thieves have been making off with copper from Toronto parks. We didn’t realize Toronto parks boasted a great deal of the stuff, but as it’s worth about US$3.25 per pound, even a bit of the metal can constitute a pretty good haul. Two hundred pounds of copper cladding have been taken from an art installation at Art Eggleton Park, and some bronze letters have disappeared from the Christie Pits sign. Ray Stukas, parks manager for Toronto and East York, says that it might be time to get “other metals that are cheaper, like steel, and see if we can coat them with a copper-coloured paint.”
  • Rob Ford has a special Valentine’s celebration planned for his wife…and also, apparently, for the Denver Broncos’ Orlando Franklin. During an interview on Z103.5 this morning, he said of his Valentine’s Day plans: “I’m going to Harbour 60. I’m bringing my wife and, again, I’m going with Orlando Franklin, my buddy. My wife really likes that restaurant, and I’m going to treat Orlando, and we’ll take it from there.” Because there’s no better way to lift one’s spirits after being crushed in the Super Bowl than by spending a romantic evening at a Toronto steak house with our mayor and his wife.
  • Do you know Torontonians who happen to be especially artistic, creative, and talented? If so, could you explain in what way they’ve “shaped the cultural landscape of our city” by February 28? Because that’s the nomination deadline for the 2014 Toronto Arts Foundation Awards. The website indicates that “anyone is welcome to submit a nomination for an eligible and deserving candidate,” so why not consider all the eligible, deserving people you know, and how nice it would be if they could be award-winning as well (if they aren’t already).

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