“You can try to take away my coffees and my creams. Go ahead. I’m still here. I’m still going to get re-elected.” Councillors Giorgio Mammoliti and Paul Ainslie scrapped it out yesterday in city hall over free coffee. The delicious roasted bean elixir is offered free to city councillors and costs taxpayers $20,000 per year.
The Art Gallery of Ontario announced a landmark donation of $10-million from twenty of Toronto’s most prominent Italian-Canadian families.The money will go towards the building’s new sculpture promenade, now to be named the “Galleria Italia”. While there is no word yet of what specific pieces will fill the space, it seemed the intention of the donors to pay homage to the Italy’s Renaissance masters. Ambassador Gabriele Sardo also hinted that the Italian government will donate several pieces of contemporary Italian sculpture.
Icy weather caused over 50 accidents overnight, and closed the Don Valley Parkway at 7 a.m. Weather reports show that it ain’t gonna get much better over the course of the day.
City auditors are reporting 503 fraud complaints this year, which reveal some creative scams from municipal employees. One supervisor authorized black-market swimming lessons in a city pool while personally collecting the registration fees. Municipal employees scammed $33,196 from Toronto residents in 2006 which, besides being a asshole thing to do, is pretty crafty.
Councillor John Filion (Ward 23, Willowdale) is fighting for your right to find healthy street food alternatives. Currently, Toronto health regulations state that street food may only take the form of pre-cooked sausages, but wouldn’t the city be glorious with roasted corn, goat roti, oyster omelettes and salted herrings on every major street corner?
Police raided the largest Hells Angels clubhouse in the country yesterday, located on Eastern Avenue. One visitor described the space as “immaculate, very clean…like a well-appointed den.” That is, if your den is filled with pot, hookers and burly hit men. I know mine is…
“HAHA! I like Alanis all over again,” says YouTube member dannosaurus about Alanis Morisette’s My Humps video. “This is just perfect. Really shows how stupid those lyrics actually are.” Wait, he didn’t notice before? National news sources report on this recent meme that Torontoist and everyone else on the internet reported on yesterday. I love it when that happens.
Fabulous photo courtesy of Sarosh Khwaja in the Torontoist Flickr Pool.