Hope everyone with the day off is enjoying it! Here's what's in the news.
A safety review will come after an 18-year-old man was killed in an accident during this weekend’s Caribbean Carnival Parade. Rueshad Grant of Mississauga was killed when he fell off a large tractor trailer truck after the end of the main parade and was hit by that same vehicle. Councillor Adam Vaughan (Ward 20, Trinity-Spadina) told the Toronto Star that protective truck plates to keep parade attendees and participants from the wheels of floats may be worth considering.
Security checks more like those used for flying could be coming to Via Rail, after an alleged terrorist plot was foiled in April. More thorough inspections of checked baggage, increased inspections by sniffer dogs, and security checks on passengers are some of the measures Via is considering implementing, according to documents obtained by the Star through an Access to Information request. The arrests of three men this spring on terrorism-related charges were due to an alleged plot to derail a Via passenger train.
Mayor Rob Ford’s claims that union contracts are preventing him from pushing his council to contract out garbage collection east of Yonge Street are false, according to city staffers. When asked last week about the delayed expansion, Ford said that he can’t further the contracting out of garbage collection—which began with collection west of Yonge, now done by GFL Environmental East Corp.—until his second term, if he is re-elected. However, Toronto’s solid waste services manager said that isn’t the case. “The City could contract out (districts 3 and 4) if Council directed us to,” Jim Harnum told the Star. Ford told a caller to his weekly radio show that he intends to make the contracts an election issue.
Only two pieces of the artwork Banksy put around Toronto in 2010 have survived, and one of them will soon have a new home: on a condo. The stencil of a police officer that was on the former OPP headquarters at 90 Harbour Street was saved before the building was demolished, and now sits in a warehouse—plans are to include it in Harbour Plaza, the condo developer Menkes is building there. The development company hopes to restore the artwork, with an estimated value of $1 million, to its original condition. We’re not sure what Banksy would think of this, but we suspect it wouldn’t be positive.
We originally misspelled the name of the artist mentioned in the last paragraph—it is, of course, “Banksy.”