Chris Bundas –
Pan Am Games 1 year countdown party at Nathan Phillips Square today & tomorrow. Rob Ford votes against helping homeless gay youths / apologizes to Stintz for inappropriate comments. Toronto is the 2nd most expensive place in Canada to live.
PAN AM GAMES COUNTDOWN PARTY
Toronto is one year away from The Pan Am Games kick-off on July 10th, 2015. To create public anticipation, organizers are hosting a two-day, free party at Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square on Friday and Saturday. The event will feature appearances by world-class athletes, the unveiling of an official 2015 Pan Am Games countdown clock, live music and fireworks.
Rob Ford and Karen Stintz had a private meeting today to discuss inappropriate comments the mayor made about his co-worker back in April. Ford was surreptitiously recorded telling a group at the Etobicoke bar Sullie Gorman’s that he would like to have sex with Stintz but she refused. He used more offensive language at the time. Rob Ford was the only member of city council to vote against a proposal to help gay homeless youth Thursday, a day after he was the only councillor not to join a standing ovation for WorldPride organizers. The motion — which passed 37-1 — asks city staff to study allocating 25 per cent of beds in a youth shelter to LGBTQ individuals. It also asks staff to consider a shelter dedicated to homeless gay youth. A 2013 University of Toronto study suggests gay youth face frequent verbal and physical abuse in city shelters. Ford refused to change his stance on the motion; forcing the item to be debated rather than passed without a vote. The reason, evidently, was that he wanted to voice his disapproval. Olivia Chow and John Tory both took to Twitter to express their disappointment.
THE MOST EXPENSIVE CITIES
According to the Mercer’s 2014 Cost of Living Survey, Vancouver tops the list of most expensive Canadian cities to live in, beating out Toronto for the second year in a row. Toronto living is still quite expensive, as well as Montreal and Calgary, which round out the top four costly cities in the country. However, Canadian cities have dropped down the list significantly in this year’s ranking compared with other cities worldwide. Vancouver fell thirty-two places since last year, for a new ranking at 96. Toronto at 101, down thirty-three spots. Montreal down twenty-eight spots to 123 and Calgary dropped to rank 125. The annual survey ranks the most expensive cities, measuring the comparative cost of over 200 items in each location, including housing, transportation, food, clothing, household goods, and entertainment. Luanda in Angola is the world’s most expensive city for the second year in a row, followed by N’Djamena, Chad.
METRO CLOSING DAILY PAPERS
Three of Canada’s free Metro daily newspapers (Regina, Saskatoon and London, Ont.) will publish their last print editions today and 25 employees will be laid off as a result of a decision to focus on larger markets. Spokesman Bob Hepburn says all of the cities will continue to publish online with a single reporter in each of the cities. Metro will still have free daily print editions in Toronto. Media companies have been challenged with falling print advertising revenues and a readership shift away from traditional newspapers. All of Canada’s big media companies have been scaling back staff and reworking operations to focus more on their websites.
INTERNET SPEED RECORD
In the online arms race, Bells Labs just took top spot, setting an Internet speed record of 10 gigabits per second. For those like me who don’t have a clue as to what that means, that’s 1,000 times faster than traditional broadband speeds. Oh, and it was done on copper wires not fiber-optic lines. It’s not ready for us folk yet, but it is a promising development as we gobble up more and more data.
THIS DAY IN ROCK HISTORY…
This day in 2008, it is announced that Ron Wood has left Jo, his wife of 23 years, and moved in with 18-year-old Russian cocktail waitress Ekaterina Ivanova. The 61-year-old dad-of-four had met the teenager while out drinking after the London premier of The Rolling Stones film Shine A Light in April and had taken her off to his home in Ireland.