Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss.
- This morning, city councillors took to Toronto City Hall to discuss future plans for the fate of the Gardiner Expressway. A letter signed by more than 80 prominent citizens—including former mayors David Crombie and John Sewell, and former UN ambassador Stephen Lewis—urged those who were still undecided on the debate to turn their votes towards the removal of the east Gardiner. Those in favour of the alternate, so-called hybrid option include councillors James Pasternak (Ward 10, York Centre), Gary Crawford (Ward 36, Scarborough Southwest), and Norm Kelly (Ward 30, Scarborough Agincourt) and Mayor John Tory, who said yesterday on Twitter, “Hybrid is best choice to #getTOmoving and keeping jobs in #Toronto. It is a time for balanced & common sense approach #Topoli.”
- CBC marquee host Evan Solomon was fired Tuesday after reports of taking secret commission payments during his involvement in high-end art sales. According to the Star, which released the report, Solomon had been “brokering the sale of paintings and masks owned by a flamboyant Toronto-area art collector to rich and famous buyers,” and had at one time received a $300,000 commission bonus that he neglected to disclose to the customer for introducing buyer and seller. Solomon has since released an apology, stating, “I am deeply sorry for the damage that my activities have done to the trust that the CBC and its viewers and listeners have put in me. I have the utmost respect for the CBC and what it stands for.”
- A men’s rights group application to march in this year’s annual Pride Parade has been declined by Pride Toronto’s Dispute Resolution Process (DRP). Paul Bent, the DRP arbitrator, released a statement regarding the decision: “Given the number of complaints received in regards to the Canadian Association for Equality’s (CAFE) intention to participate in the Pride Parade, after careful consideration, I have decided it would be appropriate for Pride Toronto to revoke CAFE’S permit to be included in the Pride Parade this year.”