Weekend Newsstand: April 30, 2011
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Weekend Newsstand: April 30, 2011

Illustration by Sasha Plotnikova/Torontoist.

When I grow up, I want to be a Saturday: Spring cycling ticket blitz is on, Harper gets an endorsement from Rob “No Endorsements here” Ford, NDP wave is still waving, Tories aren’t going to get the majority they asked Santa for, and The Sun also rises above class or ethics.

Ah yes, the first sign of warm weather (a little late there, spring, but we’ll forgive you), and you know what that means: a Toronto Police ticketing blitz for cyclists! Have you been cruising down sidewalks, feeling the warm breeze in your hair? Well, stop! Drop! Roll! No, don’t do those last two things, but do get off the sidewalk and get a helmet unless you want to be dinged with a fine.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford announced yesterday that he thinks Stephen Harper is the best choice for prime minister. Well, colour us shocked, RoFo. Ford justifies his endorsement with reference to taxes and subways (again, we’re truly shocked). Other parties plan to abolish a public-private partnership fund that Ford is planning to lean on in order to extend the Sheppard line. Ford’s endorsement comes less than a month after he declared his neutrality in the election, promising to publicly support only his golfing buddy Jim Flaherty. Okay, we made up the part about the golfing, but they are friends. Feel free to sub in other bro-down activities like watching football and drinking beer, or sitting around tossing “no I love you more” back and forth.
The Toronto Sun has taken the last few days of the federal election campaign as an opportunity to do some hack smear work for the Right superb investigative journalism, using an unidentified source to allege that Jack Layton was found naked at a massage parlour 15 years ago. You stay classy, Sun media network! Olivia Chow has issued a very measured response, and Layton, who is campaigning in B.C., has very calmly decried falsely alleged smear campaigns.
Meanwhile, the NDP continue to climb in the polls. As for the Tories, it looks like that majority they’ve been asking for for Christmas isn’t coming this year. In order to wrestle down a majority, Harper’s Conservatives would need to gain 23 seats in Ontario, and it just isn’t happening. Always the bridesmaid, never the bride, eh Harper? (Well, that analogy’s not quite right, but you get the idea.)
UFC 129 is in Toronto this weekend, and for one lovebird pair of fans from Hamilton, that meant a wedding in the Ultimate Fighting Championship octagon, the site of many a concussion and bloody nose. Ah, romance.
Speaking of UFC, you should go to Hot Docs, and speaking of Hot Docs, you should plan your weekend documentary adventure with our Hot Docs hub. Watching documentaries is a great way to rest up and prepare yourself to vote on Monday. You are voting Monday, right? Yeah, that’s what we thought.
For more on the federal election, check out our politics hub, with a complete guide to every riding in Toronto.