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Extra, Extra: Beaver Hat Ceremonies, Rob Ford’s 10,000 Eggs, and an Unpleasant Prank

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  • Did you know that there is something called the “Toronto Beaver Hat Ceremony” and that it is held each year to mark the beginning of the shipping season? Well, there is, and it is, and the 153rd Beaver Hat Ceremony occurred today—which explains this photo of a suited man putting a top hat on the head of a sea captain (the man is Port of Toronto harbour master Angus Armstrong; the sea captain is M/V Lubie ship captain Jacek Kurpiel; and the top hat is a nearly 200-year-old silk and beaver top hat).
  • What is Mayor Rob Ford going to do with 10,000 chocolate eggs? This is a serious question, prompted by a serious logistical challenge. Rob Ford acquired 10,000 Cadbury Creme Eggs, intending to distribute them at the Beaches Easter parade—but then parade organizers announced that politicians would not be allowed to participate in the event. So now he has 10,000 chocolate eggs. Ford says he respects the organizers’ decision, but did add: “When you’ve got 10,000 eggs, though, I wish they would have told me a little earlier.”
  • It seems that the contest offering guests at an upcoming Rob Ford fundraiser in Vaughan the chance to win a date with Doug Ford‘s daughter Krista is actually an unpleasant and unfunny prank. Doug told reporters this afternoon that he will “hunt down” the cyber-bullies targeting his family—and also charged that the computers at Deco Labels have been hacked.

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