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Extra, Extra: Crashing the Garrison Ball, a Mayoral Apology for Hulk Hogan, and Cities That Tear Down Their Freeways

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Arm Wrestles Hulk Hogan

  • The Garrison Ball will be taking place this weekend. Organizers have not invited Rob Ford (and claim that has nothing to do with the fact that he was asked to leave last year’s event because he was behaving erratically and appeared to be intoxicated). Organizers have invited Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly. Rob Ford thinks he might want to attend. Organizers are now, in the words of CP24, urging the mayor “not to crash the gala event.”
  • It’s possible that a few years ago, the following petition title would have seemed totally outlandish: “Apologize to legendary sportsman and entertainer Hulk Hogan for poor impersonation.” But we live in a different age, and this petition is, of course, addressed to Mayor Rob Ford—who recently claimed that in a video showing him slurring his words and making death threats, he was really just imitating Hulk Hogan.
  • A kind reader directed us to an article called “6 Freeway Removals That Changed Their Cities Forever.” Although it’s not directly relevant to Toronto—it’s not as if we’re home to any problematic expressways with uncertain futures and names that rhyme with “Pardoner”—it does make some interesting points.

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