Urban Farmers Acting Foul, Toronto Councillor Found to a Possible Conflict, and An Alleged Fraudster With 88 Charges
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Urban Farmers Acting Foul, Toronto Councillor Found to a Possible Conflict, and An Alleged Fraudster With 88 Charges

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  • Some Toronto residents are ignoring bylaws and creating a buzzraising bees and chickens within the city limits. Bylaws don’t allow for this, but they are only enforced by a complaint basis. Torontonians who still want to keep animals are getting creative. One way around the bylaws is, instead of keeping chickens, keeping quails. Though the spirit of the by law probably wouldn’t want people keeping quails, they’re not specifically named, so technically legal, but totally “fowl.”
  • Toronto City Councillor Justin Di Ciano (Ward 5, Etobicoke-Lakeshore) requested a change in a planning report that would allegedly benefit the Etobicoke-based developer Dunbar Developments Inc., a Company that Di Ciano has close personal and professional ties with. In a staff report, the City recommended against allowing any development of the Judson lands, the City’s name for the area south of Judson street, where Dunpar wants to build 72 townhomes. Di Ciano’s twin brother used to work as a project manager for Dunpar, and in the past, Di Ciano has said that he would abstain from votes involving the developer. He claims that the integrity commissioner has cleared him of any conflict.
  • A Toronto man faces 88 charges, and police allege he used false identities to open bank accounts, get credit cards, and start businesses, which is bad, but also kind of impressive in an entrepreneurial sort of way. Police say Hasan Shah operated under at least 16 aliases from January 2015 to to May of this year. Even with the 88 charges, police suspect there may be more victims and urge people to come forward.

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