Extra, Extra: No More "Trustee" Sam, Potential Artscape Hub for Weston, and an UberX Crackdown
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Extra, Extra: No More “Trustee” Sam, Potential Artscape Hub for Weston, and an UberX Crackdown

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  • A bit of good news to close the day: Former Toronto District School Board trustee Sam “@TrusteeSam” Sotiropoulos (Ward 20, Scarborough-Agincourt) has been banned from running in the next municipal election. A 2014 Villain on this very site, Sotiropoulos made a stink last year about so-called “heterophobia” (lol) on the part of Toronto’s LGBTQ community and crusaded against nudity in the annual pride parade, and most recently has been part of a moralist crusade against the proposed update to Ontario’s sex-education curriculum. The decision to bar his potential reinstatement, made in council today, makes us very optimistic about life.
  • Also optimism-inducing: Weston could be getting a new cultural hub. Council granted preliminary approval today for a $13.3 million community-cultural hub in the economically hard-up neighbourhood. Operated by Toronto Artscape, the development would include 26 units of affordable live-work space for artists and new space for the Weston farmers’ market.
  • A minimum of 11 of UberX drivers have been charged this month as part of an investigation adorably dubbed “Project Snowball” by Toronto Police. The service, like the similarly police-maligned Uber, allows unlicensed taxi drivers to connect with potential passengers.

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