Newsstand: February 17, 2011
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Newsstand: February 17, 2011

Illustration by Jeremy Kai/Torontoist.

Thursday? Is it really you? What news say you? The mayor’s office pitches its private-public subway funding plan, Toronto police tell the ladies not to dress like sluts, and garage murals are saved in the name of art.

Rob Ford’s really maybe if seventeen unlikely things fall into place doing it: the mayor’s office put together a private financing proposal for the Sheppard subway extension. City hallers speaking on behalf of the mayor say he doesn’t want to burden tax payers with the cost of a subway, so he’s proposing private investors foot the bill in return for a cut of future development in the area. But critics, like Shelley Carroll (Ward 33, Don Valley East), charge that development along Sheppard would have to be dense and tall—radically changing the existing neighbourhoods—if the plan is to work, not to mention that there would still be pesky repayments to those private investors. Design, building, and (maybe) maintenance would all be handled by the private party. No word on who that party might be, or what else we can sucker them into doing for us in return for as yet non-existent money.
At a community council meeting on Wednesday, three homeowners won their appeal to keep their garage-art after the City accused them of violating the graffiti bylaw. The homeowners defended the murals painted on their property, saying the City didn’t have to like it, just admit it was art (as opposed to graffiti, which is just icky). Giorgio Mammoliti (Ward 7, York West), is happy for these three homeowners but won’t support similar applications in the future in case it gives too many people the idea they can paint whatever murals they like on their garages.
A Toronto police officer is offering safety advice to women straight out of the Nir Rosen playbook: don’t dress like “sluts” if you want to avoid being sexually assaulted. The shrewd advice was offered up by a male officer from 31 Division during a campus safety information session at Osgoode Hall. Apparently he began by admitting, “I’ve been told I shouldn’t say this.” A student has lodged a formal complaint with police, and a spokeswoman confirmed they are investigating the incident. No official apology has been issued yet.
Wills and Kate will make their first royal visit as husband and wife to Canada, but they’re (gasp!) snubbing Toronto. The pair will visit Ottawa, P.E.I., the Northwest Territories, Alberta, and royal-loving Quebec. Officials in the U.K. say the Canadian government was responsible for setting the itinerary, but government officials say it was the royals who chose it. Either way, Toronto will be deprived the chance to bask in the monarchy and make souvenir plates.
East York Community Council has upheld Sandra Bussin’s legacy—one piece of it, anyway—and opposed a motion to oppose a condo development in a protected ravine.