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Newsstand: February 4, 2014

Stuff keeps happening, so here we are again. In the news: Robyn Doolittle’s book about Rob Ford sheds new light on his alleged addiction problems, and Doug Ford doesn’t think too much of that; police are still investigating the mayor; John Tory talks income inequality; a petition to revamp a much-loathed intersection near Billy Bishop Airport; and more snow.

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Be sure to set your PVR to catch Toronto Star reporter Robyn Doolittle on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart this Thursday. She’ll be his guest to promote her new book Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story. Among the possible topics of conversation? Doolittle’s claim that it was the death of Mayor Ford’s father that triggered his substance abuse problems, which she details in the book. Also revealed are allegations that the mayor’s wife Renata was recorded by a confidante saying that the mayor told her he would give up “pills” but not cocaine when he was elected.

Since, evidently, we’re all Bill Murray and this is Groundhog Day, Councillor Doug Ford (Ward 2, Etobicoke North) is calling allegations in Doolittle’s new book “bulls–t”. “It’s biased opinion from a biased media outlet,” said Councillor Ford yesterday. Does anyone have the energy left to remind him what happened last time he went out on this limb?

Anyway, it could end up that Robyn Doolittle’s new book is the least of the mayor’s worries. Detective Sergeant Gary Giroux says that the investigation of Mayor Ford is still ongoing. While Giroux would not comment on the nature of the investigation, he did say that Mayor Ford remains the primary focus.

Maybe-mayoral candidate John Tory was on the defensive yesterday about some comments he made regarding wage inequality. Tory told CP24 that he rarely saw women negotiate for higher salaries. “The number of men who came to negotiate with me when I was running a law firm or a company was much higher than the number of women. The women don’t come as often to complain,” explained Tory. Since he is such an authority on the subject of women and their money, Tory dedicated a portion of his radio show to responding to the backlash over his statements. He also enlightened us further with his wisdom by denying studies that suggest some income inequality stems from the fact that women are socialized not to ask for raises. “I’ve never heard of parents telling young women or young girls that they don’t ask,” said Tory. Well, thanks for clearing all of this up for womankind, Mr. Tory. We salute you!

A group of Torontonians has launched a petition urging City planners to revamp a problem intersection located at Bathurst Street, Lakeshore Boulevard, and Fleet Street. It is a tangled 8-way mess that involves 10 lanes of traffic, and petition organizers think traffic is bound to get more congested as condominium developments spring up around the area. The City admits it is a difficult intersection, and that competing demands from motorists, pedestrians, and streetcars complicate matters. There is no clear-cut solution to redesigning the interaction at present, but a spokesperson for the City says they have been making minor improvements with signal timing to try and ease congestion in the area.

Oh, yeah, we’re also getting more snow.


  • SonuvaScrimbro

    Doolittle’s book is a good read – Doug should give it a look. First part details the Ford family history, giving some context to how the Ford brothers came to be; second part goes over the history of the Ford mayoralty that most city hall followers already know; but for my money the best part is Doolittle’s behind-the-scenes account of how the crack video story went down.

    I actually laughed out loud on the train when she talked about the night the story went live on the website and her mother’s only response was “You got in a car with drug dealers???” Oh, Mom.

    Most Shocking But Ultimately Not Surprising Tidbit I Didn’t Already Know: a toss-up between (1) Ford greeting Kouvalis for the first time with “Are you a cancer? Because we can’t have a cancer on this team” and (2) Ford turning his back on his common-law nephew when the Grade 9 kid begged him for help after his dad accidentally shot Ford’s sister. Coldness or cowardice? You decide!

    • vampchick21

      If they can’t have a cancer on their team, how did Ford stay on it? :)

    • OgtheDim

      Rob seems to be into astrology. His reaction to that exhibit at City Hall was different. Maybe he has a thing against people born June 22 to July 22.

  • Steveinto

    Does Doug Ford have anything else to say. It is always a variation of the same theme.

    • vampchick21

      Doug Ford is pretty much a broken record at this point. I actually don’t pay any attention to him at all.

  • James D Paterson

    Not exactly a fan of John Tory, but I have to agree; I have also never heard of parents telling daughters specifically to not ask for raises.

    Maybe we should incorporate that info the birds and bees talk since it’s apparently an issue somewhere.

    • MaryL

      Strangely enough, you don’t have to explicitly tell a girl not to do X if X reflects traits that can be portrayed as unfeminine or inappropriate. People seem to be more generally accepting of assertive behaviour in men than women, where assertiveness gets read as pushiness, for example.

      I don’t think Tory is completely wrong: he is describing a known phenomenon. Most women are less likely to ask for raises, promotions, and all sorts of things that many men (not all men) are more likely to ask for. But recognizing the problem with a bit of empathy and offering some constructive ideas goes a little bit further than telling women to learn how to play golf.

      (Yes, men and women who play golf in some work environments will be better off. In other environments, like media and IT, golf is much less popular and it would be a waste of time for a female coder, for example, to learn golf for this reason.)

    • vampchick21

      It’s not the parents, it’s the culture at large really, as per the examples provided below. Strides have been made, but more needs to be done.

    • bobloblawbloblawblah

      John Tory: Toronto’s answer to Mitt Romney.

    • Joe Clark

      Neither John Tory nor the Torontoist is doing a fair job of discussing “income inequality,” to the extent it even exists, because both of them are attempting to do so in under 500 to 1,000 words. The issue cannot be summed up in a cute zinger or even a few short sentences.

  • OgtheDim

    Globe stuff is often here.

    Post not often but occasionally.


    Star tends to focus on Toronto so will get stuff.

  • torontothegreat

    I think that rings true for anyone that is assertive or goes against the grain, regardless of sex.

    • vampchick21

      Women tend to get it more than men though.