Newsstand: October 12, 2010
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Newsstand: October 12, 2010

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On this post-turkey Tuesday: how’s your commute, former cop to try politics, does a gala a charity make?

If you thought those online anti-Ford ads were bad, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Last night about ten unauthorized election-style lawn signs were erected along University Avenue. The white plastic signs were covered in black lettering which read, “Wife-beating, racist drunk for Mayor!” A contractor by the name of Frank took down the signs because he says he was offended.
Wondering what a commute is like with a different mode of transportation? Well the Star is comparing the four main ones. Today it speaks of the grueling congestion, crowding, missed connections, and weather woes of traveling via bus and streetcar. And hey, there are some solutions in there too.
Julian Fantino, the former OPP Commissioner, will hold a press conference this morning, likely to announce his running for the federal Tories in Vaughan. Fantino has been a favourite with the party for a while now, and according to a Globe source apparently even Harper himself has tried to persuade him to make a go of politics. Fantino retired from the OPP in August.
Short on cash? Why not tell people you have a charity—maybe something, say, arts related—and pocket the money. Brampton’s mayor may not have pocketed the proceeds from her annual arts gala, but no one knows exactly where it’s gone to either. Susan Fennell has raised thousands of dollars with a community fund named after her; however, it isn’t registered as a charity and doesn’t issue tax receipts. Some councillors are expressing concern and a donor stopped giving, but Fennell said the event should not be seen as a charity, and the organizations awarded with the proceeds are listed on the fund’s website.
They live here, pay taxes, use public services, but aren’t allowed to vote. Permanent residents don’t have citizenship and hence can’t vote, but some are hoping that changes, at least on a local level. In Toronto more than fifteen percent of the adult population is made up of permanent residents. In some neighbourhoods that number rises to a third. The main mayoral candidates save one—Rocco Rossi—say they are open to the idea of extending the vote, mostly citing that if you pay taxes, you should get a say.

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