Newsstand: March 24, 2016

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Newsstand: March 24, 2016

In the news: Rob Ford to lie in repose at City Hall, Afrofest will go on, and video taken down due to threats.

Rob Ford will lie in repose at City Hall for two days before his funeral March 30 at the St. James Cathedral. Starting 10:00 a.m. Monday, members of the public will be able to visit the late councillor and pay their respects to him and his family. The funeral will be held Wednesday and will be closed off to the public. Ford will be the first mayor and city councillor to lay in repose at the building since Toronto’s amalgamation in 1998.

The city has granted Afrofest its original two-day permit after receiving severe online backlash for what social media communities called unfair treatment. Following a meeting between John Tory and Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon (Ward 32, Beaches-East York) whose riding spans Woodbine Park, the city announced the decision to re-grant the permit after shortening the festival due to noise complaints. Afrofest will take place at Woodbine Park July 9 and 10.

The man dubbed the “accessible parking vigilante” has pulled his video of a woman throwing coffee at him following rape threats. On Monday, Ryan Favro confronted the woman at a Tim Hortons parking lot, who had parked in a wheelchair-accessible space without a permit. Favro told CityNews, “She may be an unsavoury person but I want no part in seeing her harmed even if the threats may not be credible.”

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