Weekend Newsstand: November 23, 2013
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Weekend Newsstand: November 23, 2013

It's as good a day for a Saturday as ever been seen, don't you think? Let's add some news: a look at the Ford family's "regular guys" image, concern for staff partially motivated mayor's office changes, business might be backing out of Toronto amid controversy at City Hall, G20 police tribunal names names, and subway closures.

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Like an episode of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, the Globe takes a peek into the Ford family’s financial situation. Those regular-dude, friend-o-the-downtrodden guys Rob and Doug Ford (and other members of their immediate family) apparently have property holdings valued at over $10 million, homes that cost double the average price in Toronto, and control of an estate that was recently able to lend out $5 million. Must be tough.

But for a guy with such personal business acumen, it seems Mayor Ford’s recent antics may have put off potential business for the city. A deal with Rio de Janeiro might be souring, and Michael Thompson (Ward 37, Scarborough Centre), chair of the economic development committee, would love it if the mayor could stop making speeches to business groups or maybe even speaking at all.

It seems the recent council motions to strip the mayor of most of his powers and move much of his staff to Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly’s office were partly motivated by concern for the mayor’s staff. Though staffers won’t take responsibility for lobbying for the move, some councillors involved in the motions say the staff were a main concern. Apparently it was getting to be a pretty tough work situation. We say “apparently” because, yes.

Starting Monday you can Instagram from the subway platform at St. George and Bloor-Yonge stations, as free Wi-Fi will be offered in the stations. But cell service might be a long time coming down in the TTC, as pretty much no one is interested in implementing that.

The cops who gave the order that bandanas were a good enough reason to arrest people at the G20 have been named publicly at a police tribunal.

And a piece of the University subway line will be closed this weekend. Happy travels!

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