Newsstand: October 29, 2013




Newsstand: October 29, 2013

They call it a stormy Monday, but Tuesday's just as bad. In the news: Rob Ford's delightful thoughts on the 2014 mayoral race, Doug Ford also offers his take on the future election, rules of the road for the e-bike, a TTC caution against passenger vigilantism, the (possible) return of photo radar, and Childish Gambino hits up Trinity Bellwoods.

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After city councillor and Toronto Transit Commission Chair Karen Stintz (Ward 16, Eglinton-Lawrence) officially announced her 2014 mayoral bid, Mayor Rob Ford told reporters that next year’s campaign is “going to be a bloodbath.” Most people, however, would be more inclined to pre-emptively label it a gong show. Tomato. Tomahto. So far only Stintz and former Scarborough councillor David Soknacki have pulled the trigger on joining the race. Former provincial Progressive Conservative leader John Tory is still hinting that he may join in on the shenanigans later, though. “I’m working on city stuff as a volunteer and I will keep doing that, and the universe will unfold as it should,” says Tory. Who knew the guy was so zen master these days?

Meanwhile back at the ranch, councillor Doug Ford (Ward 2, Etobicoke North) warns that the 2014 mayoral race is bound to be “dirty like it was last time” and full of “biased” media coverage. Thanks for the heads up, Tracy Flick.

Ever wonder what the rules of the road are for those clever little e-bikes you see puttering around the city? Well, Toronto Traffic Services breaks it down by saying that e-bikes can be driven in regular traffic and are subject the rules of the Provincial Traffic Act. As for whether or not they can use bike lanes, if the motor is engaged, it’s a big negative. The more you know.

A cell-phone video shared on Facebook, which captures a strange altercation between two passengers at the Davisville subway station, has TTC officials asking people not to take disputes into their own hands. Unless they’re Steven Seagal, of course.

Two words for you: Photo. Radar. If you’re of a certain age, you’ll remember how those sneaky little cameras angled to catch speeding drivers made people cringe in the ’90s. If you can’t remember the controversy about it, don’t rush off to Google just yet, because you might actually get the chance to experience if first hand. Yep. Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair wants to bring it back, along with placing more cameras at intersections. Blair touts the technology as being a more cost-effective way to police traffic, and thinks it will help alleviate congestion within the city. Those of you irked out by the return of the cameras can breathe a little easier knowing that a spokesperson for the Ministry of Transportation says there are no plans to re-open a discussion about photo-radar legislation in the future.

If you are gainfully employed, you likely missed rapper Childish Gambino (also known as Donald Glover of the show Community) roll into Trinity Bellwoods Park to host an impromptu listening party for his upcoming album. Glover sent out a tweet announcing the gathering yesterday afternoon, and by 5 p.m., he met a congregation of fans to preview songs from his forthcoming album Because the Internet, which is set to be released on December 10. There seem to be a few mixed feelings about the whole deal over on Reddit. And they say nothing fun happens in the city that isn’t at the expense of a Ford brother.