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Extra, Extra: Magicians at City Hall, Mayoral Action Figures, and Icy Lakes

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss.

  • Today, magician David Blaine dropped by City Hall to visit with Mayor Rob Ford, because Twitter has to run on something—and the combination of magicians, illusions, sleights of hand, and Rob Ford in that situation has the potential to power a whole lot of quips, caustic comments, and despairing observations.
  • As far as we can tell, David Blaine does not yet have his own action figure. Which is unfortunate, because if one did happen to exist, we’d all be able to reenact today’s Blaine-Ford meeting using little plastic men. Rob Ford, you see, now has his own action figure. For only $300, you can get your hands on small, menacing plastic mayor: if nothing else, he’d be company for your bobblehead.
  • It’s our humble and informed opinion that the best Valentines are often small, furry ones, and that the best and most fulfilling relationships often involve unpleasant-smelling food, purring, and feline imperiousness: so this Valentine’s weekend, why not welcome a new cat into your life and home? Toronto Cat Rescue will be holding adopt-a-thons, and $90 will get you a fixed, vaccinated cat, six weeks of pet insurance, and a City of Toronto cat license valid for one year.
  • And a warm, purring cat might help compensate for the fact that winter is not yet over, and the Great Lakes have turned to ice. That last part is an exaggeration, yes, but not an outrageous one: ice cover now stretches across 88 per cent of the Great Lakes’ surface—the last time these bodies of water were icier was back in 1994.

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  • Punned_It

    Rob Ford needs a magician to make his scandals disappear, and to get re-elected.

    • em_robin

      Toronto needs a magician to make Rob Ford disappear. And make traffic disappear. And pull subways out of a hat.

      Ok I’m done.

      • JanMac

        Make it so

  • tyrannosaurus_rek

    Don’t animal shelter-type organizations usual advocate against giving pets as gifts on holidays because of the high rate of abandonment when the cute wears off?

    (And six weeks of insurance? Do these cats come with a Best Before date?)

    • estta

      Us lonely single types are totally vulnerable to adopt-a-thons this weekend.

    • dsmithhfx

      I think they’re talking about adopting, not gifting. Whole different animal, so to speak.

    • rich1299

      Gifting rabbits is especially very bad news especially since they’re usually given to children. Children and domestic house rabbits may look very cute together but rabbits need a lot of care and attention, far more than a cat.

      The prime season for rabbit rescuers is late summer and fall since that’s about the time their parents start dumping their child’s rabbit in parks or on the street after the kid has got bored of them after getting them for Easter and its too much work for the busy parents to meet their needs.

      They think they’re setting them “free” but are actually being incredibly cruel to them. Domestic house rabbits cannot survive outdoors on their own, they’ve no idea how to do so and can’t tolerate our winters (they’re a European species) so dumping them means a slow, painful, lonely (they have very high social needs just slightly less than a dog), and terrifying deaths. Only in a few locations on the weest coast of NA can domestic house rabbits survive outdoors for any length of time, anywhere else and they have a matter of weeks to live once made homeless.

      I got my very first rabbit this way at Thanksgiving from my sister after someone gave my nephew and niece a rabbit for their spring time birthdays. I had never any intention of ever having a pet rabbit but I quickly fell in love and that was that.

      I’m now the rarely seen crazy rabbit man, though I’ve only one rabbit at this time due to my current and hopefully temporary living situation. I really should have at least two since rabbit’s social needs are so great its next to impossible for a human with any sort of life to be able to meet them but I just don’t have the space right now.

      I’ve no doubt that even with these adoptathons they will be screening each new applicant as carefully as at any other time of year.

  • Some times I just thinks

    Can anyone verify that Blaine was there in person?

    • dsmithhfx

      The Star’s Robyn Doolittle confirms he was there, and his visit was ‘coincidentally’ the same time as a David Socknaki presser on Land Transfer Tax reform (this wasn’t the first circus act to upstage Socknaki either).