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[29 Jul 2011 | Comments Off | ]
Torontonians at City Hall: Liveblogging the Executive Committee Budget Cut Meeting

5:51 AM: More hilarity, courtesy of defeated mayoral candidate HiMY SYeD. Begins: “We need to acknowledge the city staff and clerks, they are the unsung heroes of this.” (This is true.) Then continues: “I’m a member of Ford Nation. Nobody was gonna do it, so I stepped up.” …

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[29 Jul 2011 | Comments Off | ]
The Marathon City Hall Meeting Explained

City Hall  | By Matthew Kupfer | July 29, 2011
Daily Cable | The Toronto Standard
For almost 20 hours, from 11:30 am Thursday to about 6:40 Friday, Toronto city hall was a democratic hotbed. Almost 340 people registered to speak before the Executive Committee of city council, at the invitation of Mayor Rob Ford. They were there to talk about the KPMG Core Service Review.
“This is one of the proudest days I’ve ever had at city hall,” the mayor said, acknowledging that not everyone agrees, …

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[29 Jul 2011 | Comments Off | ]
I love the smell of democracy in the morning… Rob Ford’s proudest moment brought all those who oppose his agenda into one room for 23 long hours.

There was former mayoral candidate Himy Syed, giving an impromptu comic masterpiece of a speech full of very specific and very workable budget solutions, tailored to each councillor on the committee. There was 14-year-old Anika Tabovaradan, who wept through the entirety of her speech because of her fear of public speaking, explaining that the computers at Willowdale library are her only chance to do homework: “I’m no taxpayer but by working on the computers at the library, one day I can get a good job”—at which full grown men and women in the press gallery cried. (Really.)

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[27 Jul 2011 | Comments Off | ]
Library cuts will happen ‘in a heartbeat,’ Doug Ford says

“I do not want the official Toronto city library bookmobile to become a Tim Horton’s Truck,” said Himy Syed, who argued Toronto needs many libraries to serve its diverse, multilingual population. “If you want to destroy civilization, you burn the libraries.”

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[26 Jul 2011 | Comments Off | ]
Public library board shelves branch closures

By Jenny Yuen, Toronto Sun
TORONTO - The decision to axe some of the city’s 98 libraries will have to wait until September.
The Toronto Public Library Board voted 5-1 Tuesday night to defer the matter until its Sept. 13 meeting with the request that KPMG, the consulting group who recommended closing branches and reducing service days and hours, attends the meeting so they can clarify any “grey areas.”
“They won’t have my support if they can’t attend and let us know what the details of the report are,” vice-chairman …

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[25 Jul 2011 | Comments Off | ]
Extra, Extra: Figuring Out Ford, Following After Atwood

By Meg Campbell, Torontoist

Rob Ford’s CP24 interview with Stephen LeDrew last Friday raised many an eyebrow amongst City Hall watchers. Edward Keenan did some lightning-fast fact-checking for the Grid, and over the weekend Ford For Toronto writer (and Torontoist guest contributor) Matt Elliott put together his own debunking analysis of the interview. Elliott recommends people see the full interview before watching his edited version (above).
Margaret Atwood apparently has an Oprah-like influence over her legion of followers. When she tweeted about the petition to protect Toronto’s libraries, hosted on the …

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[24 Jul 2011 | Comments Off | ]
Torontonians hold vigil in Little Norway Park

By Alyshah Hasham, Toronto Star
Ninety-three candles flickered in the night at Little Norway Park, as Norwegians and Torontonians held a vigil for the victims of the massacres in Oslo and Utoya island on Sunday.
At 9:30 p.m., the small group held a moment of silence.
Kari Dehli came to the park on Queens Quay to be with others from Norway, “rather than sitting at home, looking at the internet for the news … just to be with other people. It’s also what’s going on in Norway, people …

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[24 Jul 2011 | Comments Off | ]
Canadian Money Forum – Soulful candlelight vigil held here tonight in Little Norway Park

By DDKay in Canadian Money Forum
There was a soulful candlelight vigil held here tonight in Little Norway Park, organised by a native community activist and practicing Muslim, Himy Syed.
I don’t see attacks on the Canadian national identity, each nation plays its part, I see unity, understanding.
Both Norway and our economy would be a sinkhole if we didn’t have this cheat called natural resources.
Multiculturalism in my experience has always been a beautiful thing.

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[16 Jul 2011 | Comments Off | ]
Soccer Matches Break out on Ossington during Construction

By Brian, OssingtonVillage.com
Don’t say the people in the Ossington area don’t have a good time and make the best of a bad thing. And who said Thursday and Friday nights are just full of douchy 905ers? We know how to have fun.
The corner of Ossington and Dundas has been closed for a few days while they repave the entire intersection. So the section of Ossington north of Rolyat to Dundas has been barren at night. So what are local businesses and regulars to do? A …

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[16 Jul 2011 | Comments Off | ]
Some late-night thoughts on Mayor Stupid with @thekeenanwire and @UnionSt | #TOpoli

By Orwell’s Bastard
Storify: great for aggregating tweets, but you can go blind putting them in order if you’re dealing with more than a handful.
If only there were a sort function …
[View the story "Why it's important to kill off the Pissed-off Taxpayer meme | #TOpoli" on Storify]
Tips of the chapeau to @AureliaCotta and @timfalconer and @HiMYSYeD as well.

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[13 Jul 2011 | Comments Off | ]
Online reaction: Jarvis bike lanes to be removed

Mayor Rob Ford: “I never supported #Jarvis Bike Lanes…only rumour I want ‘em removed..not a priority” #bikeTO #TOcouncil

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[8 Jul 2011 | Comments Off | ]
The Naked Untruth

Just this week the mayor stated that 70% of the phone calls he’s received have been in favour of removing the bike lanes. But as HiMY SYeD tweeted today, when he called to register his pro-bike lane view a staffer for the mayor informed him they weren’t keeping track of who called or their position on the matter. Where’s the mayor’s information coming from then?

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