Norm Kelly

Extending last call in Toronto

Last call in East York and the rest of Toronto is 2 a.m., but a committee is now looking into the potential benefits of extending that nightly deadline.

The Toronto Music Advisory Council, which consists of city councillors, music industry professionals and artists, recently presented its case for the change to the Economic Development Committee.

Never forgotten

Silence. One of the rarest moments in a year where an entire building is filled with men, women, adolescence, children, and elders, yet not one word is spoken. The sound of occasional coughs appear, but it hardly made a difference as the atmosphere becomes serious and thoughtful.

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Confirmation of alleged crack video prompts new calls for mayor to go

Mayor Rob Ford ought to take a break from City Hall, Ward 39 councillor Mike Del Grande said after Toronto police confirmed they have recovered a video that depicts the mayor allegedly smoking crack cocaine. On Oct. 31, Police Chief Bill Blair addressed the media about a video that police had come into possession of through an investigation surrounding Ford’s friend and occasional driver Alexander Lisi.

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Ainslie refuses to be ‘bullied’ by the mayor

Coun. Paul Ainslie’s ongoing differences with Mayor Rob Ford blew wide open during the Oct. 9 city council vote on the Scarborough subway, but the councillor says he will not be “bullied” by the mayor.

“I have never tolerated bullies and I have always taught my three children to do the same,” he said.

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Council hits fee out of the park

City council has unanimously approved waiving $1.5 million in sports field fees and consulting with sports groups in setting fees for 2013. An official from a Scarborough sports group said the fees are undeserved, especially if paid toward low-quality fields. Toronto is the only municipality in the GTA that doesn’t charge for its sports fields for youth leagues.