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Scarborough councillor says wards should be able to opt-out of having cannabis shops

Councillor Jim Karygiannis plans to introduce a motion on Thursday to allow wards within the City of Toronto to opt out of allowing cannabis retailers and medical marijuana dispensaries to open up shop.

Paramedic union sweet has councillor “gravely concerned” about shortage of ambulances

Coun. Jim Karygiannis speaks out after tweet on Nov. 25 said only 16 ambulances were available

The union representing Toronto paramedics tweeted on Nov. 25 that there were only 16 ambulances available to service the entire city. (CBC)

A Toronto city councillor is worried that there might be too few ambulances available to respond to critical calls in the city after paramedics sounded the alarm on Twitter last Sunday.

Coun. Karygiannis calls out potential rival over election flyer drop

Coun. Jim Karygiannis shows a flyer put out by Norm Kelly, his potential opponent in the upcoming election, that he says is out of bounds. – David Nickle/Metroland

 

The transition period between the 47-ward council that Torontonians thought they’d be voting for, and the 25-ward council that Premier Doug Ford is set to impose on the city has some councillors stepping on one another’s toes.

 

And at least one councillor, Ward 39 (Scarborough Agincourt) Coun. Jim Karygiannis is crying foul over a piece of literature that was apparently dropped by Ward 40 (Scarborough Agincourt) Coun. Norm Kelly in a neighbourhood that currently he is not registered to run in.

The literature, appropriately headlined WHOOPS!, is directed at residents in the Bridlewood neighbourhood that Kelly currently represents, telling them he will be running to represent them after all.

“Things have changed,” wrote Kelly in the letter, headlined Re-Elect Norm Kelly.

What things? It’s complicated.

Currently, candidates are registered to run in wards approved by council for a 47-ward council, which has different ward boundaries than the current 44-ward council.

Ford’s plan to cut back number of Toronto councillors draws both their anger and praise

Some city councillors were quick to denounce idea, but others welcomed it

CBC News July 2, 2018 John Rieti

Ontario’s new Progressive Conservative government is redrawing the City of Toronto’s ward boundaries and cutting the number of councillors from 47 to 25 ahead of the Oct. 22 election — drawing both anger and praise from various councillors.

 

Coun. Jim Karygiannis, who has previously called for municipal boundaries to be aligned with federal ones, was ecstatic about the move by Premier Ford. (Tina Mackenzie/CBC News)

Toronto accidentally turned over citizens’ private info 16 times in 2 years

Unreported theft of kids’ daycare photos among breaches

A daycare in this north Etobicoke school was broken into last year, and photos of 12 of the children were stolen. It’s one of 16 privacy breaches reported by the city in two years. (Mike Smee/CBC News)

Photos of children at a city-run daycare were stolen during a break-in last year, but neither the police nor the children’s parents were ever notified of the theft.

詹嘉禮私訪搜證「捉」分租屋 地庫外遇黑人男子似往召妓 初步核實投訴資料 再向市府舉報跟查

詹嘉禮私訪搜證「捉」分租屋 地庫外遇黑人男子似往召妓 初步核實投訴資料 再向市府舉報跟查

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【明報專訊】士嘉堡愛靜閣選區內分租屋盛行。區內市議員詹嘉禮昨日往巡訪時,見一黑人男子從一地庫走出,該男子表示是來訪友。詹嘉禮對記者說,現在時間看什麼朋友?很可能是拜訪一個妓女。

愛靜閣許多分租屋違反消防條例﹐構成嚴重的消防隱患。詹嘉禮每周根據居民的報告﹐自己開車到現場做初步調查﹐取得一定證據後﹐向市府報告。

昨天﹐本報記者隨詹嘉禮在區內數個小區轉了一圈﹐目睹詹調查分租屋的實況。雖然拍門之下﹐大多數無人應答。有時樓上窗戶還打開着﹐但沒有人應門。

記者和詹在堅尼地路夾Passmore Ave.一處停車場會合。然後出發在附近鄰里巡訪。

Doug Ford pledges Sheppard Subway extension, if elected

PC leader unearths long standing fight over Scarborough transit

Scarborough-Mirror May 28, 2018 Mike Adler
Protesting Streetcars

Local residents including Maureen Coram (left), James Alcock, Denis Lanoue and Karl Haab protest a planned light rail transit line along Sheppard Avenue in September 2010. Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford is pledging to replace the LRT with a Sheppard Subway extension to Scarborough Town Centre. – Metroland file photo

The expensive dream of a Sheppard subway extension looping through north Scarborough was all but dead by 2010.

Work on a light-rail-transit line, the Sheppard East, was starting. Toronto transit planners thought extending the little-used subway down to Scarborough Town Centre was a horrible idea.

“The train, so to speak, has left the station,” Adam Giambrone, TTC chair of the day, declared.

But a Sheppard extension remained a cause for a small number of Scarborough activists — some of them connected to the Liberal party — who kept fighting the LRT and demanding a subway.

Municipal and provincial politicians, including former Toronto mayor Rob Ford, listened then. A stalemate ensued.

The Sheppard loop isn’t officially a project the city wants to build, but Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford, brother of the late mayor, is pledging to build it anyway.

And while a PC victory on June 7 is far from assured — thanks to a New Democratic surge — Ford’s promise seems calculated to win seats in Liberal Scarborough.

Scarborough-Agincourt has stayed Liberal since its creation in 1987, but the riding is shifting in an “amazingly unexpected” way, and “the subway issue is playing a major role,” said PC candidate Aris Babikian.

Babikian has made a Sheppard extension “my first priority,” and said he’s met community association leaders who support it, adding, “some of them are very strong Liberals.”

Jim Karygiannis, a former Liberal MP for Agincourt, thinks if the riding turns blue the promised Sheppard subway “will have a lot to do with it.”