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Extra, Extra: Rob Ford Reality Shows, Weekend Subway Closures, and Affirmative Action for White Men

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  • In news that is not the least bit surprising but still kind of depressing, Rob Ford has apparently been approached about starring in a reality show—and not by just any producers, but by the ones behind Ghost Hunters, Dirty Jobs, and something involving Sarah Palin (which means that if we’re really, really lucky, we could end up with the crossover episode to end all crossover episodes).
  • In more news that is not the least bit surprising but still kind of depressing, the subway will be shut down this weekend between St. Andrew and Bloor stations so workers can get some more signal upgrading out of the way. But remember—this weekend of travel inconvenience is ultimately for your own good!
  • Today, Councillor Mike Del Grande (Ward 39, Scarborough-Agincourt) asked a City official to comment on the fact that some City departments—e.g. children’s services—are “female dominated” and to assure him that white men were not being discriminated against. Councillor Janet Davis (Ward 31, Beaches–East York) then moved (in an emphatically tongue-in-cheek way) “that the City Manager report to a future meeting of the Employee and Labour Relations Committee with an affirmative action plan for white, straight, able-bodied males, to address the historic underrepresentation of this group in the City of Toronto workforce.”

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  • wklis

    About the closing of sections of the 1 Yonge subway. Why? Didn’t John Tory say that subways last forever? There is no need to replace the tracks, replace the signals, plug the leaks, or do maintenance of any kind.

    • OgtheDim

      The people who say crud like that either don’t take the subway or are as observant as a rock.