Council endorses a ranked ballot voting system starting with the 2018 municipal election (hooray!) and enfranchises permanent residents. On the latter, Mayor Rob Ford argues that non-Canadian citizens shouldn't be allowed to vote. Man of the people.
Gay Pride in the 905
York Region makes history when it hosts its first annual York Pride Fest, which includes a parade (June 22), a flag-raising in Markham Monday (June 17) and a BBQ in Richmond Green Park (June 23). yorkpridefest.com.
The city and Waterfront Toronto outline plans for the resumption of the Gardiner Expressway East environmental assessment that was quietly killed by the car-loving Ford administration. Four options will be considered, including tearing down the aging structure east of Jarvis to Leslie.
TVO's diversity cred
The public broadcaster gets excoriated on Twitter for featuring an all-white, all-male panel of journos for a discussion on class and Rob Ford. In the show's defence, producers point out that they had two women councillors, Shelley Carroll and Karen Stintz, on as well.
Long-time Alberta Conservative MP Brent Rathgeber quits Stephen Harper's caucus, saying backbenchers have become "trained seals." Conservative pundits are split on whether his resignation signals deeper divisions in the party.
Six members of the 13-member arm's-length agency charged with selling and developing the city's surplus land quit amid a move by the mayor's brother, Doug Ford, to install his friend Michael Kraljevic as CEO.