When a chief bows out of police funding talk
Toronto’s top cop wants August off
A motion put forward by two Toronto city councillors calls for about $122 million of the police budget to be redirected to community programs, an apparent response to a current trending topic. But chief Mark Saunders won’t be dealing with budget issues either way: he’ll step down on July 31, eight months before his contract is set to expire.
A mysterious Command Table
Queen’s Park won’t say who’s providing the science guiding its decisions on COVID-19, but at least they’re being made. The next stage in reopening Ontario initially excludes Toronto, among other places, but the increase of gatherings from five to 10 people can be greater within places of worship.
“So far there has been no evidence of increased COVID-19 activity that can be linked to the gathering in Trinity Bellwoods Park on May 23rd.” Toronto Public Health provided an update on the peak of rule-breaking socialization. Meanwhile, this era of bylaw policing continues, with a fine for a pizzeria in Ottawa that opened its patio.
Quarantine’s online end times
W. Brett Wilson tweeting about Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi playing “the race card” amid opposition to the Green Line transit mega project, which Nenshi supports, led to reaction that brought on an apology from Wilson. Yet, along with being disavowed by Royal Roads University, the NHL team he owns a piece of added its own opprobrium:
Prince’s former house is holding steady at $16,880,000. While the Bridle Path pad— Prince’s Toronto home from 2001 to 2006—had its asking price shoot up by about $5 million after the musician died a decade later, it later dropped to under $17 million. A couple of fluctuations later, it’s been re-listed again, with this marginal discount.
Finally, a new life begins for 40
Noah “40” Shebib was a Toronto child actor, with connections through his filmmaking dad Donald Shebib, although he’d already moved into producing music when he met a rapper named Drake. Now 40 is the subject of his very own Rolling Stone feature story, as he ponders a career beyond his primary client: