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Extra, Extra: Appreciate Your TTC Driver, Touring 1950s Bathurst Street, and Doug Ford Swears

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

  • Today is Transit Driver Appreciation Day. The special day was first marked in Seattle in 2009, and March 18 was settled on because it was apparently on that day in 1662 that bus service first made its appearance in Paris, France. Don’t worry if you managed to forget all about it: there’s probably still time to print off one of these driver-appreciating cards and give it to a TTC driver near you. (Our clear favourites: “You really pick me up! Thanks” and “Because you rock, I roll.”)
  • Did you know that the Royal Norwegian Air Force flew out of the Island Airport during the Second World War? Or that the land at the foot of Bathurst Street didn’t exist until the 1920s? Well, you soon will, if you take this “bird’s-eye tour of the foot of Bathurst Street in the 1950s.”
  • Doug Ford said things today. He said, for example, that his initial response to the most recent video of a slurring and unsteady Rob Ford had been: “Shit, he didn’t look as bad as I thought.” He also had something to say about Olivia Chow, Rob Ford, and drinking: “You may despise Rob Ford, but I know deep in your heart, if you had Olivia Chow taking care of your bank account or Rob Ford, you wouldn’t care if Rob had 10 beers because he’d watch every single penny.”

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  • Spek

    I think I really reached the point where I don’t want to hear what Doug has to say. The next time Rob is caught doing something stupid/illegal/objectionable, report it, ask Rob for a comment, and no matter what he says (or doesn’t say) do not go to Doug for his comments.

  • tyrannosaurus_rek

    He’d watch every single penny get spent on crack.

    Why hasn’t Rob been charged with public intoxication yet? Is video evidence not enough? It’s a $50 fine, he can afford it.

    • Punned_It

      $50 a day adds up…

  • estta

    If Rob Ford was in charge of my bank account and I asked my balance: Doug would answer a million dollars more than I started with, Rob would start repeating that, while telling me he isn’t perfect. Then they’d say there was no timeline on the million dollars and I’d find out they meant a million theoretical fantasy dollars…

    • bobloblawbloblawblah

      Rob Ford was looking after my bank account. He told me it was all spent on the Scarborough subway extension. He had to do it he said, because people love “subways, subways, subways!”.

    • TheSotSays

      Your scenario is a lovely fantasy, like all things NDP, and would make a great screen play subsidized by the taxpayers, but ………!

  • carswell

    “Shit, he didn’t look as bad as I thought.”

    Spoken as only the campaign manager of Rob Ford can speak. LOL

  • Astin44

    If Rob was watching my bank account, he’d stop me from buying a chocolate bar, and then spend every penny of it on a sports car I don’t need while telling me he’s saved me a billion dollars.

  • christinaarcher

    If Rob were to ‘take charge of my bank account’ (God forbid), I’d be interested to see if all of his bar tabs were being paid.