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Spotted: Protestors Condemn Israeli Military Action in Gaza

Hundreds of people demonstrated in front of the Israeli consulate in downtown Toronto on Saturday.

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SPOTTED BY: Joseph Morris, from the Torontoist Flickr pool.

WHERE: Outside the Consulate General of Israel (180 Bloor Street West)

WHEN: Saturday, July 19

WHAT: A protest outside the Consulate General of Israel spurred by Israel’s ground offensive in Gaza. It’s estimated that more than 500 people have now been killed on the Palestinian side—on the Israeli side, the death toll has reached 20.

Ambassador Eugène-Richard Gasana of Rwanda, president of the UN Security Council, indicated that in a meeting held Sunday, members had voiced “serious concern about the growing number of casualties” and called for “an immediate cessation of hostilities.” Prime Minister Stephen Harper apparently spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this weekend about the need to “make every effort to minimize civilian casualties.”

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Historicist: The Battle of the Belles

The 1966 East York municipal election saw two female incumbents, Beth Nealson and True Davidson, run for mayor.

Beth Nealson and True Davidson  The Toronto Star, October 11, 1966

Beth Nealson and True Davidson. The Toronto Star, October 11, 1966.

Always good for a colourful quote, East York Reeve True Davidson didn’t disappoint when the province announced in January 1966 that it would merge her township with the Town of Leaside, which was headed by Mayor Beth Nealson. “I think the real reason the Government decided to amalgamate our two municipalities,” Davidson observed, “is that the men didn’t want so many women around in politics and decided to get rid of one lady mayor.” The ensuing contest between the two female incumbents that December was, as the Star termed it, “a bombastic, free-wheeling affair.”

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Waterfront Toronto Backs CEO After Rob Ford Demands His Resignation

The agency's board of directors says CEO John Campbell has its "full confidence."

Photo by Still The Oldie from the Torontoist Flickr pool

Cherry Beach. Photo by Still The Oldie from the Torontoist Flickr pool.

Waterfront Toronto’s board of directors has issued a letter in support of the agency’s CEO, John Campbell, after Mayor Rob Ford called for his resignation Thursday.

At a press conference during which Ford took questions from City Hall reporters for the first time since returning from rehab, the mayor censured Waterfront Toronto for spending $600,000 on a public washroom at Cherry Beach. “This is simply the latest example of a pattern of blatant disregard for taxpayers’ money,” Ford said, before demanding that Campbell step down.

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Integrity Commissioner Investigating Rob Ford’s Bigotry

A resident's complaint has triggered a formal investigation of the mayor's use of racist language.

In the infamous crack tape, Rob Ford allegedly referred to members of his football team as “just fucking minorities.”

Mayor Rob Ford has once again been accused of violating the City’s code of conduct, this time for his use of racial slurs.

In a formal complaint addressed to integrity commissioner Janet Leiper earlier this month, 37-year-old activist and Toronto resident Samuel Getachew wrote that Ford’s propensity for using racist language, as illustrated in a number of media reports throughout his mayoralty, constitutes “discreditable conduct.” He is asking that the mayor apologize for his behaviour and attend anti-racism training. The Toronto Star reports that Getachew supports John Tory’s mayoral bid, but not in any official capacity.

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