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Victory Commonwealth Wrestling's Anniversary Rumble at the El Mocambo Sunday, February 16, was over the top. Here Eddie Sapps hands out a lesson in punishment to The Student, Daniel Parker. More spills.
Premier Kathleen Wynne is served with a "summons" at the Sheraton Hotel by Tracy Mead Tuesday, February 11. The summons asks the premier to appear at Put Food In The Budget's special trial February 19 to face the group's charge that she failed to live up to her commitment to make social justice a top priority. Mary Walsh, the well-known Canadian political satirist who was scheduled to act as special prosecutor at the trial, sent her regrets last week due to "unforeseeable and unavoidable circumstances."
"It would be great if Rob Ford developed some shred of a conscience and resigned. That'd be awesome. But I feel I just have to be here." So says Chris Caple, the man behind robfordmustgo.com, who last week organized a round-the-clock sit-in outside the scandal-plagued mayor's office. Caple says the mayor's "new open embrace of homophobia and bigotry," namely, Ford's recent attempt to have the Pride flag removed from the ceremonial pole in Nathan Phillips Square, "has pushed me over the line."
The dogfight for a $14-an-hour minimum wage continued with a rally at Yonge-Dundas Square on Saturday, February 15. The provincial Liberals recently raised the wage by 75 cents to $11. But labour activists say that leaves workers below the poverty line and very far from a comfortable living. The labour movement's erstwhile friend at Queen's Park, meantime, has remained conspicuously silent on the minimum wage front, causing social justice activists to wonder if the NDP hasn't taken its pitch to the middle class too far. raisetheminimumwage.ca
After a four-hour closed-door meeting at Toronto Community Housing headquarters Thursday, February 13, the social housing agency board decided not to turf CEO Eugene Jones, instead laying out a plan to "strengthen [Jones's] managerial practices" that includes hiring an executive coach and sending him to a university executive leadership program. While his job seems safe for now, Jones will soon face more questions about his managerial performance. The city ombudsman launched an investigation into his hiring practices last year.