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Ford says “You’ll never catch me doing anything illegal,” Ford 2nd in mayoral race, Chow falls to 3rd. Peter Frampton loses his cool, tosses fans cell phone at concert. Skor brownies, Reese’s Pieces among proposed new Tims’ doughnut toppings.
FORD: “YOU’RE NEVER GOING TO CATCH ME DOING ANYTHING ILLEGAL”
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford made a familiar proclamation at city hall yesterday after being asked about his health and sobriety. Ford wants you to know his “drunken stupor” days and crack smoking ways are “gone, finished.” “You can follow me to and from work all you want – because I know people do that,” Ford told reporters. “You know what? You’re never going to catch me at the liquor store. You’re never going to catch me doing anything illegal.” Ford claimed that he is also “eating healthy and living the healthy life.” Ford also used this time with reporters to applaud findings from a new report stating transit riders are the primary reason for slow traffic along King Street. Ford then reiterated his pledge to phase out the city’s streetcars once and for all. “I guarantee you, when I’m re-elected, we’re not buying new streetcars,” he said. The latest poll numbers for Toronto’s mayoral race show John Tory in the lead, Rob Ford in second with 27%, and Olivia Chow in third. Toronto voters head to the polls Oct. 27.
MAN TURNS HIMSELF IN AFTER FATAL HIT-AND-RUN
A 40-year-old Bradford man has turned himself in to police after his involvement with a hit-and-run that killed 82-year-old Chandrowci Basdeo of Vaughan, on Highway 400 early Thursday morning. OPP said the man was arrested for failing to stop at a scene of a collision involving a death. He is currently in police custody and is scheduled to appear in court for a bail hearing today. Basdeo’s family had appealed for the driver to come forward after the incident.
G20 CLASS-ACTION LAWSUIT MOVES FORWARD
An Ontario court has given way for two class-action lawsuits by hundreds of people detained during the G20 summit in Toronto 4 years ago, saying it’s important their allegations of police mistreatment be heard in court. A proposed class-action suit related to the summit was initially stalled last year when it was ruled too “broad”, but a Divisional Court panel determined this week that the proceedings could move forward in two separate, but related, class-action lawsuits. One will deal with hundreds who were detained by police, and the other will deal with the treatment of those who were held at a “chaotic” detention centre set up during the summit. More than 1,000 people were detained by police during the G20 summit in June 2010.
FRAMPTON LOSES COOL, TOSSES FAN’S PHONE AT CONCERT
Peter Frampton recently lost his cool while playing a show in Carmel, Indiana when a fan repeatedly ignored Frampton’s requests to not film his performance on a cellphone. At one point, the rocker turned his back in disgust as the fan kept taking shots of the star. Frampton then turned back and asked for the fan’s phone. Social media reports differ with some people suggesting Frampton launched the phone into the rafters of the venue, while others claim he tossed the device backstage and continued on with the set. Larry Philpot, who was at the show and writes for Onstage Magazine’s says, “You could see the absolute look of desperation and frustration on Peter’s face. I have never seen an artist so upset before… and the guy in the front row (was) unrelenting – apparently with no self-control, considering he’s already flipped Peter off and turned around and called the rest of the audience a bunch of deadbeats.” Philpot continues, “Peter ends the song, walks over and with a huge smile on his face bends down and says, ‘Hey, can I see that? Can I see the photos you’ve been taking?’ The guy hands him his phone and Peter stands up, spins, and flings for the rafters! Yes! The phone went flying to the back of the stage and we all erupted in cheers! With years of experience playing guitar, we just knew he had a great arm!” Frampton took to Facebook to discuss the situation further with fans: “Still scratching your heads as to why I would relieve someone, in the front row, of their phone/camera” to read an accurate review about the incident. Many thanks to the eyewitnesses who came forward to explain how annoying, ‘Team Distraction’ actually were. And not just to me but everyone arm round them.”
SKOR BROWNIES, REESE’S PIECES AMONG PROPOSED TIM’S DONUTS
Doughnuts flavoured with Skor brownies, Reese’s Pieces and cheesecake could be coming to a Tim Hortons near you. The eight finalists have been announced for the annual Duelling Donuts Contest after more than76,500 submissions were received. The judging panel for the competition includes actor Jason Priestley, singer Jann Arden, personality Ben Mulroney and famed baker Anna Olson. Four finalists will be chosen on Aug. 18 and the public will then vote on the winner.
The eight finalists are:
— Isabelle Scantland Lebel of Gatineau, Que., creator of The Pistachio & White Chocolate
— Judd Mah of Edmonton, creator of The Lumberjack
— Nikola Kostic of Toronto, creator of The Big Canadian Red
— Lauren Armstrong of Toronto, creator of The Lemmy Tell Ya About Cheesecake
— Jennifer Brown of Glencoe, Ont., creator of The Love Reese’s To Pieces
— Danny Hawtin of Waterdown, Ont., creator of The Cookie Jar
— Nancy Angus of Oro-Medonte, Ont., creator of The Skor Brownie Points
— Jennifer Veenvliet of Barrie, Ont., creator of The Ice Cream Sundae