Weekend Newsstand: October 16, 2010
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Weekend Newsstand: October 16, 2010

Illustration by Matt Daley/Torontoist.

In weekend news: Bubbles sues for big bucks, councillor drops Hitler’s name in speech, and the Aga Khan doesn’t.

Officer Bubbles is back. The surly cop who got all up in a demonstrator’s face for blowing bubbles during the G20 has decided to take legal action. The YouTube phenom is suing the website for 1.2 million dollars for defamation. Constable Adam Josephs isn’t suing because of the original video, but rather over those charming cartoons depicting a policeman abusing his power. In his statement of claim, Bubbles…um, Josephs, said the cartoons have caused him to be ridiculed and brought on threats against him and his family.
People never seem to learn. Mentioning Hitler in a speech to Catholic high school students, and, well, to anybody really, just never goes over well. Mississauga councillor Sue McFadden, who is gunning for Hazel McCallion’s spot, apparently told a bunch of students that the mayor “is starting to become a dictator, much like Hitler.” McFadden said she was only trying to explain to the teens what dictatorship is, and used Hitler as an example, but did not draw a comparison.
Interested in who might be next to take on Kyle Rae’s former seat in Toronto Centre-Rosedale? Well, there are fifteen hopefuls running in Ward 27. The most-likelys: Kristyn Wong-Tam, Ken Chan, Enza Anderson, Simon Wookey, and Chris Tindal. Find out what they are and are not, here.
Spiritual leader the Aga Khan was in Toronto yesterday to speak at the annual LaFontaine-Baldwin Symposium at the Royal Conservatory of Music. Giving the keynote address to more than a thousand of the city’s bright minds, he said Canada is right on track when it comes to pluralism. “What the Canadian experience suggests to me is that honouring one’s own identity need not mean rejecting others,” he said. True, it shouldn’t, unless you’re…oh, what’s his name? Where’s McFadden when you need her? You can read the Aga Khan’s full speech here.
And finally, Halloween has come early for a group of criminals. A shot was fired during a bank heist in North York yesterday. The thugs, who had tried to rob a bank in Bradford that was closed about an hour earlier, descended upon this BMO branch dressed in skeleton costumes and toting sawed-off shotguns. The branch was filled with about two dozen customers and employees. Two tellers were taken to the hospital for shock. The “trick-or-treaters” apparently fled in a red Charger.