Is anyone else super disoriented right now? How is it Wednesday? How? And in the news today, a whole lotta news about the news itself: the Ontario Press Council has ruled that the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star were not in the wrong for stories published about the brothers Ford and various (alleged) scandals; City staff are recommending against burying part of the Gardiner Expressway; and the question of making public information police have on Alexander Lisi's acquaintances will soon go before a Superior Court.
The Ontario Press Council has ruled that the Globe and Mail‘s use of 10 unnamed sources—some of whom were cited as anonymous hash dealers or users—in a story about Councillor Doug Ford (Ward 2, Etobicoke North) and his alleged ties to the drug trade was legit. After the article was published this past spring, the Press Council received several complaints about the ethics of it.
And while you’ve probably never heard of the Press Council prior to a second ago (oh, God, have you?), there’s more. But really, this is more about the brothers Ford. Anyways, the independent agency also ruled that the Toronto Star was not in the wrong when it published a story about an alleged cellphone video supposedly showing Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack. It did so without actually having said video in its possession, see. So it’s all cool. Or is it—’cause our city’s mayor and his brother still might be hash and crack dealers and smokers, respectively.
City staff are recommending against burying part of the eastern Gardiner, citing it as a too-pricey solution for the crumbling expressway. Four potential approaches have, as of yesterday, been settled on, and starting tonight at the Toronto Reference Library, City staff will consult with the public on the matter. The issue is set to go to city council this February or March.
Lawyers for the Toronto Star and other media outlets appeared before an Ontario Superior Court Justice yesterday to request that information Toronto Police have about people connected to Alexander Lisi—the recently arrested friend of Mayor Rob Ford—be made public. The matter will soon go to Superior Court.