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Extra, Extra: Ghomeshi Drops His Lawsuit, Narrowing Traffic Lanes, and “Windstorm Chaos”

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

politics

Duly Quoted: Education Minister Liz Sandals, on Governance Issues at the TDSB

Provincial government orders independent review of TDSB to address "ongoing concerns."

“The ongoing concerns at the TDSB are putting public confidence at risk—not just in Toronto but across the province. As minister, I have no choice but to act.”

—Education Minister Liz Sandals, explaining in a statement why the provincial government will be bringing in education consultant Margaret Wilson to undertake an independent review of the Toronto District School Board. The announcement follows months of growing tensions and controversy at the board. Relations between the director of education, Donna Quan, and a number of trustees have become strained, as the latter fault the board for a lack of transparency; Quan has been unwilling to provide a copy of her employment contract, making it impossible for trustees to review her performance in the role. And last week, it was reported that Quan had received a boost in pay from former TDSB chair Chris Bolton—despite the fact that provincial legislation makes her subject to a wage freeze.

culture

Pat Quinn’s Greatest Hit

When he knocked Bobby Orr out cold during a 1969 playoff game, the truculent Leaf nearly incited a riot at Boston Garden.

Source: the Globe and Mail, April 3, 1969

Source: the Globe and Mail, April 3, 1969.

“By National Hockey League standards he is slow and a trifle awkward,” was the Globe and Mail’s assessment of rookie Maple Leafs defenceman Pat Quinn in December 1968. “But Paddy or Lurch, nicknames his teammates have given him, is tough, honest, and is always digging away. He doesn’t possess the surplus talent that would allow him to play it easy.”

Decades before serving as the team’s head coach and general manager, Quinn, who passed away Sunday at age 71, spent two seasons as a rugged Leafs blueliner. The highlight of his Toronto playing career was a big hit that levelled a star player and caused a near-riot.

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