Extra, Extra: Ford to Testify, Marineland Not Giving Up
Every weekday’s end, Extra, Extra collects just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss.
- Mayor Rob Ford has found himself enmeshed in a few different legal entanglements since becoming mayor, but he’s never actually needed to take the witness stand—until now. It was announced earlier today that Ford will be testifying in court on September 5. He’ll be attempting to defend himself against allegations that he violated the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act when he voted to excuse himself from paying back some questionable donations to his private football foundation. If he loses, the law says he’ll be removed from office.
- The Star‘s investigation of alleged animal mistreatment at Marineland has sewn outrage among the newspaper-reading public, but the amusement park hasn’t given up trying to resuscitate its image. The Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA), a nonprofit that accredits some animal attractions, has now investigated the place. Marineland says CAZA’s inspectors found nothing to complain about. But this isn’t over: the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has yet to weigh in.
- Lawn bowling is one of those things you can’t truly comprehend if you’re under the age of 70, like cataracts and chronic joint pain. Toronto Standard makes a valiant effort at describing the sport in a way that will appeal even to the unwrinked among us, and they almost succeed.