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Extra, Extra: Rob Ford’s Sobriety Coach, High Park “Alligator” Capture, and Road Construction

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss.

  • Rob Ford’s sobriety coach accused of kicking protestor at press conference” is a headline from the Star, and not simply a string of words produced by an absurdity-powered, Rob Ford–headline-generating machine.
  • The “alligator-like creature” that was paddling about in a High Park pond has been captured without incident, in an effort Reptilia’s head zookeeper called “squishy, wet, a little stinky.” The creature was, in fact, a caiman, and it was likely dropped off the park by someone who no longer felt like caring for it and thought that High Park ponds were reasonable places to drop off alligator-like creatures native to Central and South America.
  • The City of Toronto has launched a new web page that lists and provides details about construction projects being undertaken on main roads. We will focus on how useful it is to have this list, rather than on how very useful it would be to have a map.

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  • Jacob

    Rob Ford’s sobriety coach is probably just like every other person he’s ever hired: Some associate of questionable nature to whom he owed a favour.

  • Notcleverguy

    Only Rob Ford would hire a sobriety coach that needs an anger management coach.

    • rich1299

      Yeah I was wondering how someone with such anger issues could ever become a “sobriety coach” whatever that is supposed to be. Perhaps an AA type sponsor? I can imagine Ford having issues with having a sponsor like others in AA type recovery programs so he calls him his sobriety coach instead. Though I never heard of an AA type sponsor following the person they’re sponsoring throughout their day.

      • Notcleverguy

        My understanding of an AA sponsor is a mentor, someone who can help someone who has found sobriety more recently through tough times, and they do it for free as part of the healing the program encourages. This guy is apparently being paid by Ford, which seems a bit unorthodox.

        Plus it’s a little sad to think Ford needs someone there to help him not have a drink or smoke crack at 9am at a public event. I guess Ford will co-opt anyone who is willing or paid to be around him as a campaign goon.His act as “mayor” has gone so far past ridiculous, it would be unfathomable if we weren’t actually experiencing it.

    • ArnieGeddon

      He was loaded at the time …

  • Jason

    A map would be better than a list.

    • OgtheDim

      Or providing it as Open Data that various apps can use.