lllustration by Clayton Hanmer/Torontoist.
Excuse me, Officer, I believe the gentleman in the balaclava carrying the cinderblock may be a miscreant of some sort. Police chief Bill Blair is asking peaceful G20 protesters to aid the police in identifying violent rioters in their midst. In an interview yesterday, the chief advised well-intentioned demonstrators not to get “sucked into” criminal behaviour and to point out troublemakers. Once you’ve done that, you’ll probably want to move to a different part of the protest as to avoid interaction with any anarchists whose pals have been scooped up by the paddy wagons as a result of your civic-mindedness.
The Council of Canadians is irate about the artificial lake that the government is creating at the G8/G20 media centre, and has written to the Geographical Names Board of Canada asking them to name it “Harper’s Folly.” The lake—or reflecting pool, as Federal Industry Minister Tony Clement points out—is part of a 20,000 square foot exhibit at the Direct Energy Centre, which also includes a dock and “a ten-metre screen showing a video loop of cottage fun.” With the government judging this travesty insufficient to make Canada look completely pathetic and desperate for media love, the trapped and bewildered international press corps will also be treated to an exhibit called “Cityscape,” which will include replicas of Toronto landmarks. It’s unclear whether organizers understand that the media centre is actually in Toronto.
In rare non-summit related news, the Sun is mad at Kyle Rae (Ward 27, Toronto Centre–Rosedale) for throwing a bash to celebrate his retirement from politics. The party was held at the Rosewater Supper Club on Monday night and included hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. It’s unclear whether the taxpayers funded the shindig, but the Sun thinks we might have and they aren’t at all happy about it. Councillor Doug Holyday, presumably quoted because Rob Ford was unavailable, said that a retirement party is all well and good, but not at the expense of taxpayers. Which it probably was, maybe.
You can put your John Tory bumper stickers back in the garden shed for another four years. Speaking after a candidate debate that he moderated last night, Tory confirmed that he is absolutely, positively not going to run for mayor of Toronto this year.
Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion wants to raise the amount of her legal expenses that will be covered by Mississauga taxpayers from $100,000 to $400,000 in an ongoing conflict of interest enquiry. McCallion’s lawyers sent a letter to Mississauga City Council saying that the mayor had already been billed over $100,000, none of which had yet been reimbursed. McCallion didn’t comment directly, but in her young day, a girl could hire herself a fancy city lawyer for the price of a buggy-whip and a ticket to a Fatty Arbuckle movie.
has announced he is retiring. Torontoist apologizes to both Raes.Kyle Rae (Ward 27, Toronto Centre–Rosedale)—and not, as this article originally said, Bob Rae (Member of Parliament for Toronto Centre)—held a retirement party on Monday night; only Kyle Rae