Newsstand: July 8, 2010




Newsstand: July 8, 2010

Illustration by Matt Daley/Torontoist.

Pride gets sort of defunded for anti-Israelism, Toronto police get commended for anti-protestering, and it’s finally time for a public execution at Casa Loma in today’s morning news.

Months after a middling bureaucrat once again turned Pride into a political football, it looks like City Council is ready to defund the parade over the involvement of Queers Against Israeli Apartheid. The tussle, stoked by an amateur documentary that branded QuAIA antisemitic, seemed like a dud after Pride was forced to repeal a ban targeting QuAIA. Now, City Council has chosen to withhold Pride Toronto’s funding for next year until after the parade is over, at which point Toronto will give them the necessary funds to have put on the parade, as long as they did not offend anyone Martin Gladstone.
But City Council has a sunny side, too. They were quite happy to fund retiring councillor Kyle Rae’s (Ward 27, Toronto Centre-Rosedale) $12,000 party. Council speaker Sandra Bussin (Ward 32, Beaches-East York) ruled that Rae acted in line with city policy. Councillor Rob Ford (Ward 2, Etobicoke Central) responded that “when I become mayor on October 25, the party will be over.” And then he chewed through a phonebook.
Meanwhile, City Council voted 36–0 to commend Toronto Police for their “outstanding work” at the G20 summit. Subsequent amendments, praising Chief of Police Bill Blair and the Toronto Police Services Board, also passed, opposed only by Ford, who may have blamed Blair and the TPSB for making cops act “too nice” to dangerous potential firebombers like this guy. Those frustrated over the summit’s indiscriminate mass arrests, bluster, and contempt bordering on or crossing into violence may find all this political support perplexing. Let’s explore it with a simple thought experiment. Imagine, if you will, that you are shutting right the fuck up. Continue.
Anyway, for their part, police are banking on the massive public goodwill they have obviously earned by asking people to turn over any potentially incriminating videos or photos to a team of “extremely aggressive officers.” Does that include this one?
Ontario has learned that hosting the G20 just isn’t worth the pain, according to the McGuinty government, which just realized it for the first time yesterday. For its part, the Conservative Opposition knows exactly what needs to be done: we need to hold an inquiry into the Liberal government’s mismanagement of its now infamous Public Works regulation, but police forces, who willfully perpetuated the sham that the regulation gave police extraordinary powers within five metres of an imaginary line, are more than capable of conducting their own review. Also, the security fence cost one million dollars per kilometre, and that’s only twice the estimate.
For the first time in history, heads may actually (figuratively) roll at Casa Loma. The city has issued an ultimatum to the Kiwanis Club of Casa Loma, who have managed the castle for the last seventy-three years. By municipal decree, the Kiwanis branch has twenty-three days to behead replace current president Richard Wozenilek, or we shall seize the castle, possibly using ballistas, but probably by just hiring someone else to run the place. At issue is roughly $1.6 million worth of restorations and improvements that Kiwanis has been slow in delivering.
Chris Bosh, as reported earlier, has decided to leave Toronto for Florida. The Raptors power forward announced that he wants to join his Olympic basketball teammate Dwayne Wade in the Miami Heat. Bosh and Wade were both being closely watched, along with Cleveland’s LeBron James, who hasn’t made his plans known yet.
Finally, have you heard of the new “ECO FEE” you’re now paying for the recycling costs of certain consumer goods? If you said yes, then why didn’t you tell anyone else? It seems the provincial agency overseeing the fee has decided that they “would rather spend the money to educate people than to spend the money months ahead to say, ‘Hey, there’s a new eco fee coming.'” So we assume that they are educating the public about something else, perhaps astrology, or shipbuilding, because this website doesn’t seem to justify $2.5 million in “education” funding, even if it has a Twitter tie-in.