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Rob Ford causes more controversy /LeeAnne McRobb says they were “best buddies” in rehab. DC reverses original decision over ‘S’ on Baldwin statue. Spotify is coming to Canada.
Mayor Ford created more controversy Wednesday when he refused to get out of his seat as his city council colleagues gave a standing ovation to the efforts of WorldPride organizers. Ford has not yet provided an explanation for why he did not stand up, but assured reporters Wednesday afternoon that he is not homophobic. Ford also apologized to city councillor Paul Ainslie for a wave of robocalls that last fall criticized his stance on the Scarborough subway. Ford apologized integrity commissioner Janet Leiper ruled he had violated council’s code by robocalling Ainslie’s constituents in Ward 43. Now this morning, LeeAnne McRobb, the woman charged with impaired driving while behind the wheel of Mayor Rob Ford’s Cadillac Escalade said they were “best buddies” in rehab. The Toronto Sun interview her and has the full story.
DC REVERSES ORIGINAL DECISION
Social media’s superpowers helped ensure 5-year-old Jeffrey Baldwin would be remembered as Toronto’s little Superman. DC Entertainment has reversed its original decision to not allow the Superman logo to appear on a statue of Jeffrey Baldwin, a five-year-old Canadian boy who died after being abused by his grandparents. Todd Boyce, who came up with the idea for a statue, and originally asked the comic company for permission to use the iconic “S,” tweeted yesterday that the company had changed its mind. Baldwin loved dressing up as Superman, and a picture of him in the superhero’s costume inspired Boyce to start an Indiegogo campaign to create a memorial for the young boy. Ruth Abernethy, artist and sculptor, was commissioned to work on the statue. DC Entertainment originally refused to allow the use of the logo because they didn’t want to be associated with child abuse.
SPOTIFY COMING TO CANADA
If you still don’t believe streaming is the future of the music industry, the world’s biggest player in it, Spotify, has finally decided to set up shop in Canada, reinforcing the notion that streaming is definitely where it’s at. With a pre-release website, Spotify’s entry trails just behind Google Play Music coming to Canada in May, and then subsequently buying free streaming service Songza last month. However, Canada is not short on streaming options. Spotify will join a field that includes Rdio Canada and Deezer. Spotify has not announced a launch date yet, and their site asks for your email address and says “Spotify will distribute a limited number of “invite codes” during its initial launch period.” The streaming service is available in 57 countries with both premium and free memberships, but has taken some time to arrive in Canada due to complex licensing laws.
TEXAS SHOOTING KILLS SIX
Authorities say a father went on a shooting rampage at a suburban Houston home, killing four of his children, two adults and wounding his 15-year-old daughter critically. He surrendered after a standoff in a quiet middle-class subdivision in Spring, Texas
After a month of competition, the finals are now set. Germany vs. Argentina for the Word Cup championship. The powerhouse teams take the pitch Sunday. The Germans made it to the final by obliterating host Brazil 7-1. Argentina notched its slot in a tense shootout victory over the Netherlands. Still need a ticket for the finals? Dig deep. Ticket resellers are asking for up to $20,000 each.
THIS DAY IN ROCK HISTORY…
This day in 1969, the funeral of Rolling Stone Brian Jones takes place in his hometown of Cheltenham. More than 500 people gather at Cheltenham Parish Church to pay their respects. During the service, Canon Hugh Evan Hopkins repeated Brian’s message to his parents after being busted for drug possession, “please don’t judge me too harshly.” Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts are the only Stones to attend the funeral.