Newsstand: June 4, 2012




Newsstand: June 4, 2012

Another week begins, and with it, the weekend ends. In a poem this article begins, so can't we all be friends? Fine, we'll get back to the news and leave the poetry to the pros: Toronto Police arrest Eaton Centre suspect, the mayor stays focused on the case, and members of the city hold a vigil to pay respect to the victims; Ride for Heart breaks a record; and the plastic-bag fee will have its day in council.

According to Toronto Police, an arrest has been made in the Eaton Centre shooting. CP24 reports that a male suspect turned himself in to officers at 52 Division early Monday morning at about 2:30 a.m., though the police released no further details about the person who was arrested or the charges the person is facing. A news conference is scheduled to take place this afternoon, and we’ll bring you more as this story unfolds.

As news related to the shooting continued to unfold, Mayor Rob Ford used his weekly radio show appearance on Sunday to make a statement about the events of the previous evening. Later, during a news conference, Mayor Ford commented further about the incident, saying, “I assure people that this is the safest city in the world,” a statement that was surely meant to be comforting, but may be a slight exaggeration.

A group of about 50 people, including Parkdale-High Park MPP Cheri DiNovo, gathered Sunday evening for a vigil at Yonge-Dundas Square to honour the victims of the shooting, and to reinforce the message that Toronto is a safe place. Gatherers lit candles in plastic cups and observed a moment of silence for those injured or killed in the shooting. At the entrance of the Eaton Centre, flowers, teddy bears, and written condolences were left, serving as a reminder that the big city of Toronto can feel remarkably tight-knit following moments of crisis.

Though it may have felt like Toronto stood still after the shooting, the world, and the bike wheels, kept on turning. Sunday’s Ride for Heart, which went down the Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway, raised $5 million, the highest amount ever raised during the charity event and a $1.1 million increase from 2011. This was the ride’s 25th anniversary.

While they might not always see eye to eye, it seems that Mayor Ford has an ally in TTC Chair Karen Stintz when it comes to his fight to scrap Toronto’s five-cent bag-fee bylaw. Stintz, who originally voted against the fee, said she’ll vote with Ford at Wednesday’s city council meeting. If the majority of councillors end up voting the same way as Mayor Ford and Councillor Stintz, the fee will be gone, effective July 1. However, Mayor Ford doesn’t have it in the bag yet (see what we did there?), as a number of councillors—including Sarah Doucette (Ward 13, Parkdale-High Park), who benefited from the fee when rebuilding the Jamie Bell Playground in High Park—have expressed support for the fee.

CORRECTION: June 4, 11:08AM In an earlier version of this story, the subheading suggested that the Eaton Centre shooter had been arrested. The Toronto Police have arrested a suspect in the Eaton Centre shooting; it has not yet been determined whether this suspect is responsible for the crime.