1. It could cost the city up to $60,000 to repair damages to St. James Park following Occupy Toronto’s five-week stay, according the the chair of the parks and environment committee.
2. In his first comment on the massive city staff layoffs, Rob Ford says the plan will “save taxpayers millions of dollars,” and blamed the 1998 amalgamation on necessitating the cuts. Absolutely sound logic. No holes in that argument! Just makes perfect sense. Okay, I’m running out of ways to sarcastically express my displeasure. Just read Ed Keenan’s column this week, yes?
3. The Ontario Municipal Board will decide whether the city’s 2008 gun bylaw will be amended to allow for more shooting ranges on city property.
4. A professor at the University of Guelph was accidently named an Italian minister, then told it was a mistake, then told to get to Rome (stat!) for a swearing-in ceremony, then finally told, no, Italy fucked up. The man who was supposed to be appointed junior minister has the same last name, so you can see how this mistake could have happened to anyone. What a delightful misunderstanding!
5. Turns out we weren’t just being paranoid all those years: Ticketmaster admitted to profiting from “processing fees” and will refund $1.50 per ticket (for up to 17 tickets) to people who used Ticketmaster between Oct. 21, 1999 and Oct. 19, 2011. VICTORY IS OURS!