Elected municipal officials across Toronto now have four-year terms thanks to Queen’s Park. Citing the increased complexity of municipal affairs the province rushed through a bill lengthening municipal government terms. The reform divided council and raised criticism from local activists like former mayor John Sewell.
Anti-poverty groups are peeved at Jane Pitfield and want her off the city’s homeless advisory committee. They’re angry over her desire for a by-law that bans panhandling.
Residents near the Mount Pleasant Cemetery are questioning development in the historic site. They’re questioning the corporate structure of the group which controls the cemetery. In recent months the group has been cutting down trees and trying to build commercial structures.
The Post also throws more fuel onto the Joshua Errett-Joe Clark fire.
The Sun reports that someone stole a truck carrying 58,000 litres of gas. Fortunately a GPS tracking system helped police recover the truck just hours after it was stolen.
The City is holding its annual auction this weekend. You can bid on everything from bikes to old City vehicles.
Members of the city’s Tamil community are angry over raids at the Tamil Academy of Culture and Technology and the government’s recent addition of the Tamil Tigers on the list of terrorist organizations. Because of this some Toronto Tamils feel they are being unfairly targeted by law enforcement.
The Star tells us things we don’t know about budget chief David Socknacki. He’s spicy (the Scarborough councillor runs a spice business) and musical (he plays the piano, badly according to him).