Newsstand: August 6, 2014




Newsstand: August 6, 2014

Over the weekend, actor Jeff Goldblum and his fiancée attended the nuptials of a Toronto couple and helped the bridal party pose for a Jurassic Park-inspired wedding photo. You might as well give up now, bridezillas—your wedding will never live up to that. In the news: Giorgio Mammoliti blames councillors Mike Layton and Gord Perks for drug-related deaths at VELD Music Festival, the City looks at terminating the lease of City Hall’s cafeteria operator over unpaid fees, an Oakville man invents a date rape drug detection device, and a flashy Mississauga Road mansion that's up for auction is not Don Cherry’s former home.

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Yesterday Toronto police moved closer to identifying pills they believe to be responsible for the deaths of two people and episodes of medical distress in at least 13 others who attended VELD Music Festival this past weekend. Meanwhile, Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti (Ward 7, York West) called for fellow councillors Mike Layton (Ward 19, Trinity-Spadina) and Gord Perks (Ward 14, Parkdale-High Park) to resign, placing blame for the deaths squarely “on their hands.” Mammoliti has been a vocal opponent of electronic dance music parties and events being held on government property. In a press release, Mammoliti recalled similar recent events where people were hospitalized for illness due to suspected drug use, and questioned whether VELD promoter INK Entertainment should be granted event permits in the future. He could have stopped there and had grounds for a (somewhat) plausible debate, but since leaving well enough alone is not Mammoliti’s style, he went on to tell media that he thought it was just a matter of time that a pedophile “gets to a 12 or 13-year-old child” at a future EDM event held on City property.

The City of Toronto will consider terminating its lease with the operators of Café on the Square, which owes more than $330,000 in unpaid fees since renewing its lease in 2012. A City report argues that the company has failed to pay more than $190,000 in maintenance fees, and has neglected to carry out $140,000 worth of renovations agreed upon as terms of the new lease. The report argues that the café’s financial health has suffered from both a dramatic increase in maintenance rates and the loss of exclusive food-service rights at City Hall.

An Oakville man named David Wilson has invented a device that he claims will provide people with protection against date rape by detecting the presence of drugs in beverages. The handheld device is called; it works by sampling fluid and then using specific markers such as temperature and electric current response to determine whether a drink contains chemical combinations that should not be present in a “normal” drink. Although his device still in the planning stages, Wilson hopes he can raise enough funding to have the product retail for $75 at stores by next spring.

An auction house and a public relations company that marketed a glitzy $8-million mansion on Mississauga Road as the former residence of Hockey Night in Canada mainstay Don Cherry were left red-faced after the cranky television personality took to social media to say he had never owned the home. Cherry tweeted that he thought it was ridiculous that anyone would think he would live in a 10,500-square-foot home—one that boasts Renaissance-inspired decor and baby-pink walls, no less. Both Ritchies auction house and BuzzPR issued an apology to Cherry over the incident, which they say stemmed from unreliable information provided by the homeowners.