You're lolling in bed right now, aren't you? Well, there's a fresh pot of coffee and a slab of news for you to wake up to: a report outlining police actions at the G20 pricier than first thought—and still (yeah, still) not released; the LCBO blows up in scandal like a cheap afternoon soap opera; TTC fare collector busted for napping; and some peregrine falcons keep on getting it on across from Harlequin Enterprises.
A report commissioned by a civilian board that outlined police actions at Toronto’s G20 summit will apparently cost nearly double the estimated price—potentially climbing to $1 million. Though expected be put out in late March, reviewers pushed the release date back at the last minute, supposedly due to RCMP-released documents. A lawyer for the Independent Civilian Review, Ryan Teschner, said a timeline of when the report might actually come out will be given at the end of next week. Because 18 months after the G20 isn’t nearly long enough to wait.
If you thought the most exciting thing about the LCBO (other than, like, the booze) was that on Friday and Saturday nights the line can get really long (cheap thrills, ya know?), think again. The Crown agency is lately embroiled in a scandal related to a recently fired employee’s alleged involvement in embezzlement, fraud and conspiracy, of the sexy, international variety. The LCBO is taking Francois Agostini—who ran the Diplomatic Sales Program (that’s a thing?) in Toronto—and accomplices to court, in a lawsuit to the tune of $2 million. And you thought Crown agencies didn’t have any fun.
Apparently, the TTC will investigate a complaint made by a commuter of a sleeping fare collector on Wednesday. And, apparently, there’s a precedent, with photos of a napping fare collector having made international headlines two years ago. Shocking. People with probably one of the most boring jobs ever get tired sometimes. Disgraceful. Really, people? Really? You’re so mad about this? A driver, fine, not a good person to be caught sleeping, but cut the fare collectors some slack. Or did you think the brilliant flash of your metropass and the glimpse of your well-cut suit would thrill the collector out of the monotony that is his or her job? TTC spokesman Brad Ross, who has promised the investigation, also mentioned that a move to a fare card system will soon phase out human fare collectors. Great. Hooray for less jobs!
Um, you know it’s a slow news day when the pseudo-domestic lives of a pair of birds makes headlines. Nevertheless, the pair of rare peregrine falcons who “fell in love” across the office of romance novel mogul Harlequin Enterprises have done it again. Weeks of shameless copulating have produced three speckled, burnt-orange eggs. Apparently, there was also some sort of birdy love triangle going on, but now it’s over. It wouldn’t be Harlequin without it. Also, apparently, ’cause nature-starved city folk can get all kinds of crazy, there is a live feed of their nest. A live feed.