Newsstand: June 17, 2010




Newsstand: June 17, 2010

lllustration by Clayton Hanmer/Torontoist.

You might remember that time last month when Councillor Rob Ford (Ward 2, Etobicoke-North) invited the Star to watch him apologize to a gay, HIV-positive man for offensive comments he’d made in 2006. Weird as the encounter was, Ford probably left hoping he could put the whole thing behind him then and there. Instead, both Ford and the man he apologized to have contacted the police to complain about each other, and Ford’s election team was shocked to learn that Doneit-Henderson had taped a phone call with Ford in which he tried to get the councillor to agree to get him OxyContin on the street. So, that could have gone better.
The iPhones you buy at a Rogers store are internally locked to Rogers’ wireless network, meaning that you can’t switch them over to any other company’s phone plans, in Canada or when travelling abroad. And that was that, for a while. But now, Apple has started selling unlocked iPhones directly to consumers in Canada (and not the US, so ha). It may take some getting used to, but at least those of you who complain about being stuck in a bad wireless contract will have a chance to put your money where your mouth is and become free agents. And it will definitely take a bit of cash upfront: an unlocked iPhone 3GS starts at $549, while the iPhone 4G doesn’t have a price listed yet, but is sold for about $900 in Europe.
The Eaton Centre, thirty-three years old in 2010, is expecting a $120 million “tweak” this summer. The renovation to the landmark mall should take about eighteen months and will add improved lighting, new dining areas and finishes, and, tragically, won’t add a new Orange Julius machine.
The City of Toronto’s spokesperson Kevin Sack, City Hall’s PR director who has a well-earned reputation for staying relentlessly on-message and in command of every last detail, is hitting the road after eleven years in Nathan Phillips Square. Sack, who was on point for communications during the garbage strike last summer, will be taking over communications for 407 ETR, the controversial company that won control over the Highway 407 toll road.
And, in case you missed our announcement, the public contest to name the new park at Sherbourne near Queen’s Quay has wrapped up, and the winner is Sherbourne Commons. The straightforward name won by a nose in a tight race against “Merchant’s Wharf Park,” with “Tkaronto Park” a far-off third place. The soon-to-be Commons is known officially as Sherbourne Park for now, until the new name is approved by Toronto and East York Community Council next Tuesday.
And Constable Ganesh Balaganthan, a Toronto police officer, has been charged with stealing from another Toronto police officer. As a rule, police are tight-lipped about the details of their cases, and every single person involved in the event in question seems to be an on-duty police officer, so it’s not surprising that no one has even said what Balaganthan is supposed to have stolen. It is, however, a matter of public record that Balaganthan has been charged with theft, possession of property obtained by crime, and careless storage of ammunition and a prohibited weapon. So, it could’ve been anything.