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Historicist: “An Exceptional Man”

Hollywood actor Sterling Hayden gets busted for hashish at Toronto International Airport.

Star (April 28, 1981)

Star (April 28, 1981).

Departing Toronto International Airport on April 16, 1981, veteran Hollywood actor Sterling Hayden—star of The Asphalt Jungle (1950) and Dr. Strangelove (1964)—was found by U.S. Customs agents to be carrying more than an ounce of hashish. With local RCMP alerted, the 65-year-old actor was arrested and charged with possession. With a conviction putting at risk his ability to earn his livelihood by freely crossing borders for filming, the judge issued an “exceptional” decision, granting an absolute discharge, on the grounds that “the defendant is an exceptional man.” He wasn’t far off, as Hayden’s previous visits to Toronto illustrated.

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Newsstand: January 23, 2015

As January draws to a close, we have two things to grit our teeth and hold on to until the spring comes: budgets and awards shows. If you happen to like politics and celebrity, this is your time of year. In the news: median incomes in Ontario—and especially Toronto—are falling, Sundance is seeing an influx of Canadian films, John Tory might have trouble passing his first budget, and a science demonstration gone awry leads to four people with injuries.


Newsstand: January 22, 2015

If you’ve ever been lost in the maze that is the PATH, you’ll be happy to know that new, easier-to-use directional signage and maps are coming to the system in time for the Pan Am Games. Google is also developing a way for the PATH to be listed on Google Maps. In other news: Median income in Toronto is on the decrease while it sees gains elsewhere across the country, a new general manager for the CNE, no new chair for the Police Services Board, and a possible strike at York University.