Newsstand: March 7, 2012
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Newsstand: March 7, 2012

If you hate life right now, know that in a matter of hours you will be sunning in the balmy and confusing fake spring. So, news: Councillor Doug Ford is singled out for his foot-in-mouth disease; Tim Hudak wants to talk about transit too, isn't that nice!?; Toronto is getting its first Muslim cemetery; and police settle a human rights case in which a paraplegic man was literally thrown around during the G20.

Rob Ford’s latest failure to trump the band of city councillors refusing to acquiesce in matters of transit means (more) humiliation for both the mayor and his brother, Councillor Doug Ford (Ward 2, Etobicoke North). While many councillors have long taken the grin-and-bear-it approach to the blunders and general outrageousness that come out of Doug’s mouth, the latest council feat (for some) seems to have loosened their tongues on the matter. The consensus seems to be that Dougie is not the greatest influence on brother Rob. Things like his telling Councillor Gloria Lindsay Luby (Ward 4, Etobicoke Centre) he would “execute” her in the next election seem to have sprung to mind. Also, the harebrained Port Lands scheme. Also, not knowing Margaret Atwood. And so, so much more.

Ugh. Does anyone else want to quietly but repeatedly bang their head against the wall as the City’s transit saga goes on and on, and on—like a bad daytime soap you’d vaguely nap to but never actually watch? Yeah. Well, anyway, provincial opposition leader Tim Hudak said yesterday that Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives support subways, and that the province should force Toronto to build subways—not light rail—no matter what council wants. Great, everyyooone has to have an opinion. But stop it, seriously. We’ve been through this. The should-we-disregard-anything-city-council-decides question has been debated ad nauseam, and the answer is shut up.

The province has given permission for the GTA’s first ever Muslim cemetery to be built. The site will be located in Richmond Hill, and community leaders say it will help bridge Sunni and Shia groups, plus generally bring the city’s Muslim community closer.

Toronto police settled a human rights claim filed by a paraplegic man who was allegedly dragged from his wheelchair and thrown in the back of a police cruiser during the G20. Details of the settlement—including the names of the implicated police officers—are being kept quiet due to a confidentiality clause.