The weather calls for rain this weekend, so stay inside and on the internet. Here's some weekend news: A local business owner makes a statement about the Israel-Palestine conflict, mulberries are an overlooked urban treat, and Annaleise Carr ends her swim across Lake Erie.
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- “DO THE FORDS HAVE THEIR OWN GRAVY TRAIN GOING ON?” So asks thefordgravytrain.com, a new website “authorized” by the John Tory for Mayor Campaign. And the answer is a resounding “yes,” which will not surprise anyone who already knows the website has been authorized by the John Tory campaign, or anyone who already knows about things such as Democracy Watch’s complaint affidavit about the Fords’ “inside government lobbying.”
On August 17 and 31, Yonge and Bloor will be not merely be routes, but destinations.
As part of a massive street festival known as Open Streets TO, stretches of both thoroughfares will be closed to vehicular traffic and given over to pedestrians and cyclists from 8 a.m. to noon each day. The event will also allow businesses within the festival’s borders to open onto the street (while debarring outside vendors such as food trucks from participating).
It's going to be a blustery, rainy weekend, so settle in and catch up on the news. A squirrel is pretending to run for mayor, MPPs living close to the city are claiming Toronto accommodation allowance to avoid commuting, and a 16-year-old attempts to swim across Lake Erie.
In a highly anticipated report on the use of lethal force by Toronto police, former Supreme Court judge Frank Iacobucci recommends that front-line officers be equipped with body-worn cameras and Tasers and undergo enhanced training.
Former Supreme Court Justice Recommends Giving Toronto Police Officers Tasers and Body Cameras
According to an Algerian news agency, air navigation services lost track of a Swiftair plane—Flight AH5017—50 minutes after takeoff in Burkina Faso en route to Algiers, early this morning, with 116 people aboard the flight. In less-startling news: phone numbers in the 416 area code are worth a pretty penny, online and phone voting in the upcoming municipal election is cancelled for disabled citizens, the City has a new transportation centre, and mayoral candidates talk pedestrian safety.
A spokesman for the the provincial liquor control agency says Ford Fest was denied a booze permit because the event was deemed not “municipally significant.” So many jokes, so little time. In the news: The police services board and Michael Thompson avoid public court battle, Carol Wilding exits the Toronto Region Board of Trade, dooring incidents are highest on College Street, and a TTC bus narrowly misses hitting a pedestrian in Scarborough.
Happy birthday, Prince George. Here's to another year of bashing other kids on the head at playgroup as the most popular member of the Royal family. In the news: a company challenges the City’s private parking ban, Scarborough residents unite against a TTC bus garage, the Toronto Time Bank offers helping hands, and the Canada Revenue Agency targets PEN Canada.
The weekend was jam-packed with news from all over the world. Here's some local flavour. The provincial government wants to increase the aviation fuel tax, a factory in the Junction Triangle is upsetting residents, and the provincial Liberals are playing hardball with a First Nations community.
Apparently Jon Bon Jovi is part of a Toronto group that has expressed interest in buying the Buffalo Bills. Because nothing says “Toronto!” like Bon Jovi and the NFL. In the news: A 24-year-old Ajax man was among the passengers of downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, David Soknacki wants to make early-morning commuting free, a crackdown on leash-free dog walking, and a new Ford enters politics.
It's been a long, eventful week. Why not relax with some local news? Drake pitches a new nickname for Toronto on his new album, John Tory wades into the debate over renewing police Chief Bill Blair's contract, and a not-for-profit daycare in North York may be forced to close.
The Honda Indy takes place this weekend. Expensive, silly-looking cars going around in circles for a long time. Fun. In the news: a Canada Post employee gives an earful of expletives to a cyclist, new guidelines for Ontario police forces regarding what info can and cannot be included on a background check, and the provincial opposition parties are worried that public agencies like the LCBO will be put up for sale.