Illustration by Jeremy Kai/Torontoist.
On this Tuesday: the G20’s still making headlines, a quarry is no more, and a man shows everlasting love for his dog.
Toronto Police are planning to hang on to a number of goodies that appeared at the G20. Police want to keep a good chunk of the security cameras set up around the city, tripling their CCTV stock. Along with those, they plan to buy back tactical safety gear and three LRADs (or sound cannons) from the federal government at half price. The cameras are apparently headed for the entertainment district to keep an eye on criminal activity, but also to capture drunk girls meandering about in slutty clothing.
Speaking of the G20, an anti-G20 protester from Montreal is launching a constitutional challenge against his bail conditions. Jaggi Singh is the first to take said action. He faces charges of conspiracy to commit mischief and conspiracy to assault and obstruct police. His conditions for release include staying away from demonstrations and the co-accused, house arrest, not having a passport, and not being able to use any wireless device. Singh will appear in Ontario Superior Court on Wednesday. PEN Canada is backing his case, saying the conditions violate Singh’s right to freedom of expression.
The giant Rockfort quarry planned for Caledon has been scrapped by the Ontario Municipal Board, after thirteen years of opposition from citizens, who say the quarry could have had an ill effect on water sources and the natural environment surrounding Paris Moraine. The Coalition of Concerned Citizens raised more than a million dollars to argue against the quarry.
Wondering how your money is being spent? Well, Premier McGuinty will tell you. McGuinty said he’s going to give taxpayers regular reports on what the government is doing with the cash. He didn’t say how often the reports would be released, nor what would be in them, but everyone’s pretty sure they’ll be great. More details are supposed to follow on Thursday, when the finance minister gives his economic statement.
Talk about commitment to your pet. An Oshawa man has tattooed a tribute to his dog on the side of his body. It reads, “R.I.P. Leonidas Texas Mercieca.” Leo, a Texas Rednose Pitbull, is banned under provincial legislation, and after Animal Services came upon Leo without a muzzle, and his owner, in a skate park, they took names. They showed up to nab the dog the next day and Leo’s owner accidentally signed papers of ownership over to the city, thinking he had only signed Leo up for sterilization. The city hasn’t decided if the dog will be euthanized.