Extra, Extra: A Possible Rob Ford Terror Plot, Participatory Budgeting, and the 2015 Field Trip Lineup
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Extra, Extra: A Possible Rob Ford Terror Plot, Participatory Budgeting, and the 2015 Field Trip Lineup

Rob Ford at the second of two council meetings during which he was stripped of most powers  Photo by Greg Stacey from the Torontoist Flickr Pool

Rob Ford at the second of two council meetings during which he was stripped of most powers. Photo by Greg Stacey from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

  • Was Rob Ford the target of an assassination plot? Well…maybe. A man named Raed Jaser is alleged to have had the ex-mayor in his crosshairs, reportedly telling an undercover FBI agent that because “the Toronto mayor travels on the subway system,” he made for an easy target. Jaser, along with his co-accused friend Chiheb Esseghaier, is currently standing trial in Toronto.
  • A participatory budgeting pilot project is set to launch in Wards 33 (Don Valley East), 35 (Scarborough Southwest), and 12 (York South-Weston), allowing the respective communities to collectively allocate up to $150,000 of capital funding each for local improvement projects. The TCHC already uses participatory budgeting, as does Boston, Paris, New York and San Francisco.
  • The 2015 Field Trip festival lineup came out today, boasting headliners My Morning Jacket and Alabama Shakes and–for those aging Millennials–a dose of Sharon and Bram (but not Lois). The annual early-summer music and arts bash held at Fort York and Garrison Common was borne of the Arts & Crafts record label’s 10th anniversary celebration in 2013.

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