Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss.
- A fundraiser was held for Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti (Ward 7, York West) in 2013. Guests—including lobbyists—payed $5,000 per table to attend. The event organizer then presented the councillor with two cheques, each worth $40,000. The City’s integrity commissioner has found that this payment contravened the City’s code of conduct and has recommended that Mammoliti be docked three months’ pay. The fundraiser’s tagline? (Because apparently fundraisers have taglines.) “Giorgio Mammoliti: ‘In my business you have to plan for the unexpected.’”
- If the beef tenderloin in a green peppercorn reduction served at, say, a Mammoliti fundraiser isn’t really your thing, perhaps we could interest you in all-you-can-eat poutine for $15. The money wouldn’t fill any political war chests, but it would go to filling you with poutine.
- Star columnist Royson James has called Ford’s press conference this past Monday contemptible, condemned the media as gutless and in need of a spine—and is now explaining why his bosses have taken offence and why he doesn’t care. Also today, Rob Ford made an escape through a restaurant kitchen in order to avoid having to answer questions from reporters.