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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.


  • tyrannosaurus_rek

    Recall is a good idea on paper, but it’s a waste of time and money. Our system is far from perfect but recall won’t fix it.

    • dsmithhfx

      MDG has never, ever had a good idea. So this one must be bad, too.

      • TheSotSays

        OC-L has never had any type of idea, good or bad, that didn’t involve fleecing the taxpayers. Never, ever!

        And that’s why Rob Ford, in October, is going to get another best efforts mandate to keep the NDP out of our pockets and our lives.

        • dsmithhfx

          Rob’s already “fleeced the taxpayers” more than any other mayor in history. Is that what you call a ‘good type of idea’?

          • TheSotSays

            That’s NDP nonsense and you know it.

            Unfortunately, nonsense is all we get from the NDP and the voters are finally starting to see it.

            The most recent notable number from the NDP is $530,000 and I haven’t heard anyone say they like it.

          • Notcleverguy

            Sure he has. I have no idea why anyone is compelled to defend this man, but he has “fleeced” the people of Toronto on so many levels it’s disgusting.

          • TheSotSays

            Rob Ford has only one vote out of 45 but I want him on deck in the important position of mayor making the NDP social engineers attentive to the taxpayers.

            And as an aside, nothing has ever been more “disgusting” to me than Layton et al.

          • OgtheDim

            Trolls gotta do what trolls gotta do.

            Ur personal amusement is dependent upon those airquotes.

            If you want to keep enjoying your private fanstasy of us giving a darn about what you type, your going to have to just accept that airquotes are part of your daily life.

            Suck it up buttercup.

            And if I see you in here again with that maple lattee, you’re going to have to give me 20, soldier.

          • TheSotSays

            Man,Tongue, Og, Dim
            Hôtel de Ville, le tout entièrement

    • TheSotSays

      Oh I don’t know, a recall of Mihevic and Vaughan would likely do a lot of good.

      • Notcleverguy

        I usually have a very high on-line tolerance for just about everyone, but you kind of test those limits with your annoying partisan style remarks on municipal issues. Municipal politics is by far the least political party designed form of politics, Please give it a rest.

        • TheSotSays

          You’re living in the past.

          Although the NDP cringes at the thought of someone talking about it, they’ve been playing dirty party politics at Toronto City Hall, by themselves, for a very long time and it became clearly obvious when the voters rejected it by electing Rob Ford to combat it.

          The most despicable thing about the NDP is that they brought dirty Chicago style American politics to Toronto. Tell them to give it a rest.

          • OgtheDim

            That was pathetic.

            No passion or conviction.

            How are you supposed to convince yourself that anybody cares about what you type if you don’t put some effort into it?!?!?!

            And, for Pete’s sake….lift from the knees when you go for those cliches.

            Or you might be seeing a chiropractor.

          • TheSotSays

            The great Harold Ballard to Barbara Frum
            “If you want to see pathetic, go look in the mirror.”
            I’m voting for Rob Ford and against the NDP.

          • OgtheDim

            Far be it from me to critique being succinct, but that was a bit of a stretch that analogy.

            Most people under 50 don’t know who either of those two people are. If you are tying to upset people, using people they know might help.

            Try finding something with Colbert or just use the word reddit.

            Don’t use the word tumblr cause most of the people on here either have kids who use that or kid sisters who know all about it. Keep that one for 10 years from now.

            In case you can’t come up with something relevant, just troll through mashable.

            Or shout the words “CLIMATE CHANGE”.

          • TheSotSays

            You meant to say “either of those two people is,” didn’t you? Surely an elite little thing like you wouldn’t make an error like that.

            And although it doesn’t surprise me, I’m curious to know how it is that you’re so familiar with the personal and family life of “most of the people on here.”

            Nevertheless you know who Harold Ballard is. Most of you old grey NDP pony tails with poor sentence structure, grammar and diction, have never forgiven the man for being alive.

          • TheSotSays

            Poor little OgDerp.

            You meant to say “either of those two people is,” didn’t you? Tsk tsk tsk!


          • OgtheDim

            ZING……….right over your head there.

            BTW, I know Joe Clark.

            I’ve had Joe Clark yell at me about stuff.

            You, sir, are no Joe Clark.

            Ur no Rich Rosen either.

            Heck, ur not even good enough to be James Garner.

            And, lets face it, CheeMiss would run rings around you logically.

            i.e. U are a lot like Olivia Chow………gotta pick up your game cause your making assumptions about how all this works based on past experiences that no longer apply.

          • dsmithhfx

            Chow’s real opposition is John Tory. By voting for Ford, you’re handing her the election. Maybe that’s what you intend.

          • TheSotSays

            Chow’s “real” opposition is her spectacular $530,000 tax plundering spending record.
            I’m voting for Rob Ford and against the NDP.

          • dsmithhfx

            A vote for Ford is a vote for Chow. Just sayin’.

          • TheSotSays

            A vote for Chow is a vote for having your bank account stripped and everyone knows it.
            $530,000 displays a spectacular amount of greed. “Just sayin’,”

          • dsmithhfx

            So you will be voting for her, then?

          • TheSotSays

            Well no that’s a giddy remark typical of what we’ve come to expect from the Chow supporters so I’ll be voting for Rob Ford simply because you won’t be.

            People like you make me realize what the City will be up against if I don’t.

          • dsmithhfx

            Remember kids: a vote for Ford is a vote for Chow. Enjoy your new mayor!

          • Notcleverguy

            This is what I’m talking about, where in the hell did I mention the NDP or support of the NDP.

            I really have no desire to try and have a conversation with you, you’re in over your head when it comes to any form of civil discussion.

          • TheSotSays

            I mentioned the NDP and what they’re up to. Go tell the NDP to “give it a rest.”

          • vampchick21

            Don’t bother with them, they’re not even worthy of the title of troll.

      • tyrannosaurus_rek


        • TheSotSays

          Well get your sleep now because you’ll be unemployed and under great stress in October