Extra, Extra: Sniping at Council, Toronto's Minimum Wage, and No More Buffalo Bills "Home" Games
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Extra, Extra: Sniping at Council, Toronto’s Minimum Wage, and No More Buffalo Bills “Home” Games

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  • Veteran politician and incoming councillor Jim Karygiannis (Ward 39, Scarborough-Agincourt) took issue today with a motion from Councillor John Filion (Ward 23, Willowdale) to remove Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti (Ward 7, York West) from a nominating panel of committee adjustment. “I think this is a character assassination that should not have even been allowed to stand,” Karygiannis said. In July, Mammoliti was docked three months’ pay by council after he was found to have run afoul of its code of conduct. In September, police confirmed that he was under police investigation. And so council begins again.
  • As the Toronto Star points out, “The average price of a new single-detached house in Windsor this year? $335,590, according to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. In Toronto? $835,000.” That’s why some people are calling for the City to set its own local minimum wage—something 10 U.S. municipalities have gone ahead and done this year.
  • The Buffalo Bills will no longer play home games in Toronto (which is not the same place as Buffalo and not in the least their home), in part because they’ve had a 1-5 record since the series started in 2008, and in part because some players, notes the CBC, were put off by the “small and relatively indifferent crowds in Toronto” and the fact that games in Toronto were a “joke.”

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