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Weekend Newsstand: May 10, 2014

Tomorrow is Mother’s Day. Commercialized greeting card holiday or not, your mom will be bitter with disappointment if you don’t at least call her to commemorate the day. In the news: proof that Rob Ford is in rehab, further proof that Rob Ford is connected to gang members, ROM scientists' icky process of getting a blue whale skeleton from Newfoundland to Toronto, and crumbling sidewalks on Kingston Road.

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From sightings of Mayor Rob Ford grabbing coffee in the Junction to Twitter sleuths taking grainy shots of him supposedly driving in Richmond Hill, the speculation can finally end. Councillor Doug Ford (Ward 2, Etobicoke North) made good on his promise to provide proof that Mayor Ford is indeed in rehab. According to CBC News, Councillor Ford arranged for a doctor supervising the mayor’s care to confirm that he has been at a residential treatment centre since last week. Mayor Ford was admitted for treatment on May 1, and only left the facility following a medical exam on May 3 to be admitted to the hospital for four days. He returned to the centre on May 7 and has been there ever since. The doctor spoke to CBC News on the condition that the location of the facility not be released to the public. So there you go, conspiracy theorists, you can return to your work corroborating sightings of Elvis and the yeti.

Yesterday, it was also confirmed by court documents that Mayor Ford has associations with people connected to gang activity in Toronto. The latest police documents to be released from the Project Traveller investigation focus mainly on the investigation of guns and members of the Dixon City Bloods gang that were pictured in a photo with Mayor Ford last year. The gang members had plans to traffic weapons to Toronto from Windsor, according to police wiretaps. Honestly, is anyone really surprised by this?

Call it news that is weirdly interesting, and kind of gross. Last week it was announced that the Department of Fisheries and Oceans had inked a deal with the Royal Ontario Museum to remove the carcass of a dead blue whale that floated to shore in Trout River, Newfoundland last month. Now the task of dismantling the corpse to prepare its skeleton to be shipped to the ROM for future exhibit has begun, and it is a little gruesome to say the least. A team of scientists and workers are on site using kitchen knives to cut away blubber and tissue, and by all reports it smells awful. On Thursday, the ROM team transported the whale carcass by boat from Trout River to Woody Point, where they loaded it onto a concrete boat ramp to make the job easier. While the team will remove as much flesh from the bone as they possibly can, it will take years to fully clean the skeleton to make it exhibit-ready. The blue whale is one of two that has washed ashore in Newfoundland recently, and scientist believe they were part of a pack of nine whales that were crushed by thick sea ice this past winter.

Finally, a Toronto construction company that poured concrete sidewalks along Kingston Road just a few months ago should be on the hook for fixing the job, which is already beginning to crumble. City Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong (Ward 34, Don Valley East) says that Sanscon Construction, the company that poured the sidewalks from Birchmount Road to Warden Avenue, will need to pay to redo the job, and condense the work in order to minimally impact local businesses. Let’s hope the second time is a charm.

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