It's as good a day for a Saturday as ever been seen, don't you think? Let's add some news: a look at the Ford family's "regular guys" image, concern for staff partially motivated mayor's office changes, business might be backing out of Toronto amid controversy at City Hall, G20 police tribunal names names, and subway closures.
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We made it through another week, friends. Everything's coming up Milhouse! In the news: Stephen Harper jokes that Rob Ford can't have his job, Mayor Ford jokes about being a joke, nobody will be joking about the city budget due to be presented next week, the Pan Am Games' organizers announce opening ceremony venues, the 54th traffic fatality of the year has Bill Blair concerned, and a TTC driver bids riders adieu to his job in epic fashion.
For those of us fixated on American news, de facto mayor Norm Kelly's name is making things complicated. "Was that a reference to Toronto deputy mayor Norm Kelly, or New York Police Department Commissioner and stop-and-frisk architect Ray Kelly?" Ugh, reading is so much work. Here's some more reading (this stuff is worth it): a Toronto lab may have had a breakthrough in a male infertility test; TTC fares will see a modest increase in the new year; despite rumours to the contrary, Toronto's borrowing costs are holding steady; and a census activist faces trial Friday.
Only three more sleeps 'til the 50th anniversary Doctor Who special. Allons-y, Alonso! In the news: the Ford brothers' new television show gets axed, more media outlets are calling the mayor on his bogus claims, a breakdown of who has joined Norm Kelly's office, contaminated soil at Central Tech, a trapped construction worker will be okay, and overcrowding in Toronto schools.
All these silly little children and mayors wanting to grow up to be Prime Minister one day. Everyone knows that being Governor General is REALLY where it's at. In the news: If the world isn't laughing at Toronto after yesterday's special city council meeting, then who knows what planet we live on; the brothers Ford talk all the nonsense with Saint Peter of Mansbridge; the TTC delays debating a fare hike; GO Transit wants to shush you during rush hour; and police investigate a suspicious package.
It's Monday, y'all! That means there's a new episode of that one show, but not of the other ones, which will be on later in the week. But one thing we have every day is news, and that's the one thing no one can ever take away from us. Today: a rogue dentist (!) turns himself in to Toronto police; Rob Ford spent the weekend on the American news circuit; Rob Ford parked illegally (!!); and prison authorities entirely failed to inform an inmate's family he had been beaten and was on life support.
It's the freakin' weekend, baby, and we can't continue that sentence without paying hefty royalty fees to R. Kelly so continue on your own. For the rest of the day. Whether you want to or not. On to the news! Rob Ford unites city council (against him); Premier Kathleen Wynne wants Rob Ford to get help; the first police officer to face a hearing connected to the 2010 G20 is cleared of wrongful arrest charges; and inequality is threatening to dramatically change life in Toronto.
So now we know what this whole Rob Ford scandal has really been about: yet another attempt to use controversy to catapult a mediocre career into television celebrity. Well, it worked for the Kardashians. In the news: Rob Ford makes everyone feel really gross and still somehow gets a new TV show in the process, the TTC proposes a fair hike, two new studies offer solutions to traffic congestion, and it's time to get your vote on in Toronto Centre.