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Newsstand: April 1, 2014

Happy April Fools' Day! Are you the person who plays hilarious practical jokes on your friends, family, and co-workers today? In the news, everybody hates you. Also, mayor mad about expenses again, councillors want ability to be recalled, and famous person not happy with our airport.

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With the election campaign now fully underway, Mayor Rob Ford is getting back to his core competency: grousing about city council expenses. Yesterday Ford convened a group of reporters at City Hall to brandish a sheaf of papers and express dissatisfaction with councillors Anthony Perruzza (Ward 8, York West) and Giorgio Mammoliti (Ward 7, York West), both of whom spent more than $68,000 in 2013. Both are members of the Executive Committee and nominal allies of the mayor. Ford himself has faced allegations that he’s used staff members and City resources for personal business, including for help with coaching his football teams. But remember, the burgers are always free.

Yesterday we told you how a National Post panel observed that Torontonians spend 15 per cent of their lives in municipal election campaigns. Well, if councillors Chin Lee and Mike Del Grande get their way, we could expand that to 20 per cent, 50 per cent, or even more! The two councillors want city council to support a provincial bill that would allow for the recall of MPPs who the electorate don’t feel are up to snuff, and to press Queen’s Park to include municipalities under any such law. Get elected, take position on transit, get recalled, take new position on transit, get re-elected. Repeat until anarchy.

Celebrated violinist Itzhak Perlman said he was abandoned by staff at Pearson Airport when he arrived to play a charity concert in Toronto yesterday afternoon. Perlman, who requires the use of a mobility scooter or crutches as a result of childhood polio, said a disability assistant took him as far as an elevator, then left him there on his scooter to negotiate his own way through customs with several bags, his violin, and a pair of crutches. Toronto: New York run by orcs.

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