Newsstand: December 7, 2010
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Newsstand: December 7, 2010

Illustration by Jeremy Kai/Torontoist.

Today: Toronto loses “the voice” of Citytv and a playwright, while Ford tries to gain support from the premier.

Iconic news anchor and “the voice” of Toronto, Mark Dailey, died in hospital of cancer Monday. Dailey worked as a police officer and radio reporter in the U.S. before joining CHUM in 1974 and then Citytv five years later. His characteristic baritone has been a familiar sound for decades. He was 57. For more, have a read of our obituary, or City’s, or the Globe’s, 680’s, Eye’s, or CBC’s, or the Star’s.
Another loss. Canadian playwright David French died in Toronto on Saturday night after a long fight with cancer. His most memorable work is a series of five plays about the fictitious Mercer family of Newfoundland, the first of which, Leaving Home, became the most produced play of its era in the 1970s. French was born in Coley’s Point, Newfoundland and moved to Toronto with his family after the war. He was 71.
Mayor Ford is set to follow through on a promise he made to hire more police officers, one hundred more. But the Toronto Police Service doesn’t want ’em. Many are asking why the penny-pinching mayor made the vow without asking the service whether more officers are necessary, especially since the force is already struggling with their finances. Ford’s camp has estimated the new officers would cost the city fifteen million dollars a year.
Speaking of Ford, the move to kill Transit City will likely top the list during today’s first sit down with Premier Dalton McGuinty since Ford becoming mayor. Ford’s first council meeting, mostly ceremonial, is scheduled for 2 p.m. Not only is Ford tackling Transit City, but also labour relations, asking the province to designate the TTC an essential service to avoid strikes. It will be a tight vote during his first business council meeting on December 16.
The University of Toronto is being slammed for accepting a thesis that denounces the March of Remembrance and Hope, and the March of the Living Canada. The thesis calls the two Holocaust education programs racist. Called The Victimhood of the Powerful: White Jews, Zionism and the Racism of Hegemonic Holocaust Education, it was written by Jenny Peto, a Jewish activist with the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid. She said she is not planning on changing her thesis.