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Newsstand: April 22, 2014

So, Netflix is raising prices for new subscribers. Cue the pointless outrage. In the news: three elephants from the Toronto Zoo have taken nicely to sanctuary life, the Catholic teachers’ union is being urged to not participate in this year’s Pride Parade, nobody knows what happened to a $26,000 bottle of scotch, and Rubin “Hurricane” Carter has died.

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City Councillor Michelle Berardinetti (Ward 35, Scarborough Southwest) is pleased to say that six months after three elephants from the Toronto Zoo were moved to an animal sanctuary in California, they are thriving. Their journey from Toronto to the Performing Animals Welfare Society Sanctuary located just outside of Sacramento was a big story back in October, when the three elephants—Iringa, Thika, and Toka—travelled 4,500 kilometres over almost four days. Berardinetti says that since then, all three elephants have acclimatized to their new surroundings quite nicely, and she plans to visit them later this year. A reunion photo op (possibly) timed to coincide with the looming election: it is the stuff that re-election campaigns are made of.

A group with a mandate to hold Ontario Catholic trustees accountable to taxpayers wants to see the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association withdraw from this year’s World Pride Parade in Toronto. Parents As First Educators launched a petition on Monday with a news release that urges Catholic trustees to “say the Pride Event is not suitable for families and not supportable for any Catholic organization.” The Catholic teachers’ union has yet to respond to the petition, which comes on the heels of the Toronto District School Board recently voting against a motion to request stronger enforcement of nudity laws at this year’s Pride Parade.

There are still no leads as to what came of the $26,000 bottle of 50-year-old Glenfiddich single malt scotch that was stolen from an LCBO store near the Toronto waterfront last year, according to Toronto Police. While the investigation remains open, hope wanes that the Burberry-clad thief who selected the rare scotch and then proceeded to walk out of the store with it unhampered will be caught. Experts say it is likely that the bottle has fallen into the hands of a collector at this point. At the very least it has been an expensive learning moment for the LCBO, who has since made several changes to the way expensive items are displayed in-store to prevent any more aspiring Thomas Crowns from attempting a repeat theft in the future.

Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, the former professional boxer who spent 19 years in prison after being wrongly convicted of a triple homicide, has died. Carter, 76, had been battling prostate cancer. Since 1989, Carter made his home in Toronto, and became a champion for those wrongly convicted of crimes. In his work as executive director for the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted he helped successfully advocate for the release of several wrongfully imprisoned people, including David Milgaard and Steven Truscott.


  • SonuvaScrimbro

    What? They want to charge me $9 a month instead of $8 a month for countless hours of televisual entertainment? I *am* outraged! Aux armes, mes amis! (/sarcasm)

    “A group with a mandate to hold Ontario Catholic trustees accountable to taxpayers,” huh? I’d very much like to see what gives them that mandate. Because as Ford’s lip-flappers never tire of telling us, the only mandate that matters is the one voters give politicians on election day, and anyone who demands stuff in between those magic election days are just “special interest groups” demanding preferential treatment.

    Or do these people not count as one of those icky “special interest groups” because someone says so….?

    • Steveinto

      Its the last line they believe in.

  • rich1299

    “Hurricane” Carter was a truly inspirational figure who worked hard the rest of his life for those who were also wrongfully convicted. Thankfully we don’t have the death penalty in Canada so those wrongfully convicted of what would otherwise be capital crimes have a chance at a life again despite the often decades they’ve lost in in prison. How can someone wrongfully convicted ever be satisfactorily compensated if they’ve lost 20 years of their life in prison.

    Disturbingly Texas has acknowledged they’ve executed innocent people but hasn’t let that slow down their execution rate. Every time an innocent person is wrongfully convicted in most cases it means a guilty person got away with murder or other serious crimes.