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Extra, Extra: A New Complaint Against Ford, Swimming at Toronto Beaches, and the Pride Parade’s Grand Marshal

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  • It’s been somewhat quiet here for a while. It’s been at least a few days since a mayoral Escalade was last impounded, or a scandalous video made public. But things will likely become more eventful on Monday, when Mayor Rob Ford makes his return to City Hall. If for some reason you need to be reminded about what the next few months might have in store, why not look over an article about the complaint Democracy Watch recently filed against both Rob and Doug Ford with Toronto’s integrity commissioner.
  • “You’ve probably thought to yourself, ‘Is it really safe to swim here?’ For the last time: Yes!” So says the Grid, in an article about the Blue Flag program used to monitor water quality at Toronto beaches. And the Blue Flag program appears to be working as it should, because it revealed high levels of E. coli at both Cherry and Sunnyside beaches, and they’ve both been closed to swimming: “People can still visit the beach but are advised to stay out of the water.”
  • The Pride Parade is coming up on Sunday, and this year, its grand marshal will be Reverend Brent Hawkes. He’s a gay rights advocate and an Order of Canada recipient, and he officiated at Canada’s first legal same-sex marriage in 2001. Asked to comment on his commitment to gay rights, he responded: “I’m a stubborn Maritimer. That’s the short answer. In the Maritimes, most people protect their families and friends. I’ve always had a passion for the underdog and to stand up against people who are discriminated against or who are oppressed.”
  • Novelist Kathleen Hale writes a gutting, personal, essential essay about the emotional aftermath of rape.

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