Do you like weekends? Do you like news? Then you've come to the right place. Nicely done. Today: the end of another drama-filled week at City Hall, the likelihood of Gawker purchasing the alleged crack-smoking video may be even lower, a rally calling for the mayor to resign, getting to know David Price, an update on the Darwin the Monkey trail, and a warning about Sunday road closures.
Another week, another set of unanswered questions at City Hall, and another round of drama. Here’s what “business as usual” looked like this week: Mayor Rob Ford lost five staffers to resignation, more rumours about the existence of the alleged crack smoking video swirl, more jokes/songs/mock videos were made, and there was heckling, increased international media attention and, for many this was most shocking of all, daily press conferences with the mayor. Plus, there was that whole Slurpy thing. However, in good news for the mayor, he has managed to fill some vacancies in his office. What will next week bring? Stay tuned!
For those of you holding on to the hope that Gawker will obtain the alleged video said to show Mayor Ford smoking crack, you may be in for a disappointment. If a video of that nature does in fact exist, it may be harder for Gawker to gain access to it than seemingly imagined. According to a former Toronto cop, getting the $200,000+ raised by crowdfunding over to those in possession of the alleged video could be illegal. Not only might Gawker, or anyone else trying to buy the video, face a “proceeds of crime” charge, they also run the risk of being fined up to $50,000 by the attorney general under the Ontario Prohibiting Profiting from Recounting Crimes Act.
In relation to the above, thousands are expected to congregate today at City Hall to call on Mayor Ford to resign. While always difficult to tell how many people will actually show up to Facebook-organized events, nearly 4,000 say they will attend a noon rally at Nathan Phillips Square. The event organizer, Chris Wright, is trying to keep the event largely a positive one, and wants Toronto residents to “join voices to inject hope and joy into Toronto’s future.”
Who is David Price? His name has certainly become widely known across the city, but for many, what he actually does at City Hall remains a mystery. Itching to know more? Haven’t read enough about him this week already? Here’s a bit of background on Price. Spoiler alert: According to a psychiatric evaluation, Price is a person with “very strong stereotypic masculine attitudes and interests as well as possible hostile and over-emotional reactions to people he may feel are critical of him or are in positions of authority.” Does it sound like he fits in at City Hall? We’ll let you be the judge of that.
Even though it is illegal to own a monkey in Toronto, animal services officers have no power under a city bylaw to detain such an animal if the owner comes to claim it, animal services supervisor Carl Bandow testified in court yesterday at a trial determining the fate of Darwin, the monkey found wandering in an Ikea parking lot in December wearing a faux-shearling coat. According to Darwin’s owner, she was unclear that she was signing away her ownership of Darwin, and felt she had no choice but to sign the form as she was told she could face criminal charges if she didn’t. The trial will resume June 10.
Toronto drivers, take note: The Gardiner Expressway will be closed in both directions from Carlaw Avenue to the Humber River and the DVP will be closed both ways between Highway 401 and the Gardiner Expressway on Sunday from 2 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the annual Becel Heart and Stroke Ride for Heart.