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Hundreds turned out Saturday, February 22, for.


Hundreds turned out Saturday, February 22, for the annual Coldest Night Of The Year walk in support of Yonge Street Mission and other charities serving the homeless and hungry. See slideshow.


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Fordian slip

“Have I had a drink? Yes, I have, but not to the point of some of the episodes before. So you know what? That’s past me.”

Rob Ford to the Today show’s Matt Lauer on Tuesday, February 25. He’s still in denial about his booze problem.


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Mall envy

Sixties-era shopping malls are the last place you’d expect to find architectural beauty. For example, Yorkdale Shopping Centre, which turned 50 this week, was panned in Canadian Architect magazine as “a gigantic compendium of follies.” But flourishes of style can be found amid the commercial blandness. The window-lined balcony above the entrance to Eaton’s is a rare standout.


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Closing in on Blair

Briefly overshadowed by the curious report that the Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD) will be probing Chief Bill Blair’s fishing trip with Police Services Board member Andrew Pringle (an investigation requested by Councillor Doug Ford) was this week’s major news from the provincial watchdog. Namely, that it will conduct a review of Toronto police’s use-of-force guidelines for handling people dealing with mental illness. OIPRD head Gerry McNeilly says, “Recent high-profile cases… have affected public confidence in policing.” We’ll see if this is just another ass-covering exercise. Blair has some influential fans at Queen’s Park, including the premier.

Photo by Cheol Joon Baek

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