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Morning Brew: Queen visits Toronto, Mammoliti drops out of mayoral race, daughter of G20 police officer arrested, Quebecers targeted at G20, Malton basketball court shooting, tooth extraction while driving?

Posted by Jerrold Litwinenko / July 5, 2010

toronto bubble battleGiorgio Mammoliti is dropping out of the mayoral race, and will instead vie for re-election as city councillor of Ward 7. Most think he stood little chance of being more than a blip on the vote count radar but with his bowing out, right-leaning, fiscally conservative candidate Rob Ford stands to benefit by scooping up the few supporters Mammoliti had.

Queen Elizabeth II was in town this weekend, attending church at St. James, watching the 151st running of the Queen's Plate horse races at Woodbine, and then heading to Waterloo to visit Research in Motion to lodge a complaint about the occasional outages in her Blackberry services.

She was a volunteer for Habitat For Humanity in post hurricane New Orleans, an advocate for the homeless, a soup kitchen volunteer, and an upstanding citizen. But last weekend she was beaten with a police baton, arrested, and charged with unlawful assembly and obstructing police. She also happens to be the daughter of a police officer who worked the G20 security detail.

queen elizabeth torontoDespite declaring to the media last week that "no targeting of any type of group," was performed by the Integrated Security Unit at the G20, evident is mounting to the contrary. Reports of cars bearing Quebec license plates being pulled over and French-speaking protesters being targeted are coming to light. Still, our politicians are rejecting the need for a public inquiry, instead paving the way for numerous lawsuits including a sizable class-action lawsuit that will very likely be pursued and awarded. Perhaps filing a complaint and seeking the assistance of the UN is next?

The torontotourismboard.com web page has been launched and features recent photos of some of the interactive attractions and most cherished faces our city has to offer. Unfortunately, the domain was registered privately, so I can't easily contact the site's administrator to discuss how the upstart plans to compete with the official Tourism Toronto.

Three men calmly walked away after shooting and killing a 17-year old during a break in a basketball game at Malton Community Centre. About 30 people were there to witness the callous crime on Saturday evening, but police have very little to go on so far.

WTF of the weekend goes to a man who was charged with careless driving near Sarnia after the OPP pulled him over and discovered a bloody tooth, tied to string, which was attached to the roof of the vehicle. Apparently he was trying to remove one of his teeth by driving over bumps in the road.

And here's what blogTO was up to this weekend:

Photos: "Toronto Bubble Battle 2010" by Noah Markus and "Queen Elizabeth Arrives" by sjgardiner, members of the blogTO Flickr pool.

Discussion

28 Comments

Foil / July 5, 2010 at 08:53 am
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G20 G20 G20 RAH RAH RAH

Shut up already.
Rob replying to a comment from Foil / July 5, 2010 at 09:03 am
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Agreed. However, if they were trying to keep Quebecers out of Ontario, I have no problem with that.
Realist (mostly) replying to a comment from Foil / July 5, 2010 at 09:04 am
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Sorry, not gonna happen.
jerrold / July 5, 2010 at 09:09 am
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People who strongly believe in our Charter will not be silenced simply because A) you don't agree or B) you're tired of hearing about it.
Brendan replying to a comment from Foil / July 5, 2010 at 09:18 am
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It's interesting how whenever some new fact comes to light about the G20 there's always someone on hand to tell people to stop talking about it.

Sounds like a pretty good reason to keep talking about it, if you ask me.
LJ replying to a comment from Rob / July 5, 2010 at 09:24 am
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you are a dick Rob
Farrah replying to a comment from jerrold / July 5, 2010 at 09:34 am
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Perhaps this blog isn't the right outlet for it. Aren't you here to report the news and move on?

Darcy McGee / July 5, 2010 at 09:36 am
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If you've ever driven in Quebec, you know that the Sureté pretty much only pulls over cars with Ontario licence plates. Seems only fair that Ontario can pull over Québecois drivers.
Jerrold replying to a comment from Farrah / July 5, 2010 at 09:41 am
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I am reporting the news. Click the links. These are items published in the Globe and Mail, CBC, and blogTO this weekend.

Just because you're ready to "move on" and let your Charter rights be trampled on, doesn't mean I must follow your lead. If you choose to not be informed on the issues, feel free to bury your head in the sand, or "move on" as you wish.
Buckley / July 5, 2010 at 09:46 am
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torontotourismboard.com - aiming to ruin Toronto's tourism income more than SARS.
Jacob / July 5, 2010 at 11:20 am
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Seeing as Quebeckers openly loathe Toronto, them simply being here is suspicious enough. ;)
mr hate / July 5, 2010 at 11:37 am
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Hey torontotourismboard assholes - do you have permission to use all those photographs?

I guess since you don't respect the law you must be SUPER COOL ANARCHISTS

Awww, look, you're making it all secret who you are:

Domain Name: TORONTOTOURISMBOARD.COM
Registrar: NEW DREAM NETWORK, LLC
Whois Server: whois.dreamhost.com
Referral URL: http://www.dreamhost.com
Name Server: NS1.DREAMHOST.COM
Name Server: NS2.DREAMHOST.COM
Name Server: NS3.DREAMHOST.COM
Status: ok
Updated Date: 03-jul-2010
Creation Date: 03-jul-2010
Expiration Date: 03-jul-2011
hxr r00lz replying to a comment from mr hate / July 5, 2010 at 12:06 pm
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You're quite the internet sleuth!
hijerrold / July 5, 2010 at 12:07 pm
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Keep reporting the G20, i for one support what your doing.
Rob replying to a comment from LJ / July 5, 2010 at 12:23 pm
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And you are a douchebag...so what? Get over it.

@gadfly (and other commentors) - It's not so much that I am tired of seeing it being reported. If it's legit news, that's cool. Report the news.

Maybe I'm alone in this, I'm just tired of hearing about it in the office and everywhere else that isn't a newsroom or carries on like a media outlet such as this site.
Downtowner replying to a comment from gadfly / July 5, 2010 at 12:29 pm
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I love how the G20 apologists just say people should have stayed home - are they aware 40,000+ people live in downtown Toronto? And after *we* spent one billion+ dollars on security we should -stay in our homes- ?!?
Letnotforget / July 5, 2010 at 12:36 pm
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Mayor miller was encouraging people to out and enjoy downtown it is safe, he didn't cancel the jazz fest at nathan phillips square on saturday night. Many people went on millers advice and got arrested. Good job like always miller.
Marc replying to a comment from Downtowner / July 5, 2010 at 12:37 pm
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I know. Too simple and too convenient for those in power as well. You cannot just "stay away" or "stay home" forever. What if it happens at home, wherever that is. We know it happened "at home" to those who live in the area where G20 situations occurred. It's all about the principal.
RBeezy replying to a comment from mr hate / July 5, 2010 at 12:46 pm
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Ooh, the amount of skill and knowledge it must take to do a WHOIS search.

I can't wait for the G20 audit. This seems to be a bigger pork barrel powder keg than the sponsorship scandal.
mr hate / July 5, 2010 at 12:52 pm
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Yeah, the search took all of 4 seconds.

I have to admit, whatever jackass made the site has tapped into a very potent disruptive idea - you buy up domains close to the real ones (typos, variations, etc) and you can do some really good PR/infowar sabotage. But, people are generally lazy morons without the slightest clue how to properly execute such a simple idea (i.e. the torontotourismboard.com morons), so I guess that's just about the end of that.
INTER-NERD / July 5, 2010 at 01:38 pm
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The only disruption on a dreamhost-hosted site is the service upon itself. I wouldn't worry too much about it.
ComeVisitToronto / July 5, 2010 at 02:21 pm
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We at www.torontotourismboard.com are very excited about our latest marketing campaign! Although it has only taken 30 minutes and 10 bucks to execute (buy the domain, post the site etc.) we think it will help people think twice about visiting Toronto, and everyone knows that thinking twice is always better than one time only.

To answer your question about our pictures, we have used a secret law (we cant tell you the law) that allows us to pretty much do whatever we want in the interest of keeping the public safe from terrorism, so we have used this law to seize the pictures and use them for our campaign.

Everyone knows that the #1 concerns of all informed citizens is terrorism & shopping, so we want to let visitors know that they can have a wonderful shopping experience in Toronto and will be very safe against people in far away caves as well as from people in Montreal.

Tell your friends!

picard102 / July 5, 2010 at 02:29 pm
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If Toronto's real tourism board has any sense they'll be in the process of getting the domain.
TTB responds / July 5, 2010 at 02:45 pm
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Hi. My name is (redacted, for obvious reasons) -

My friends and I are thrilled that blogTo is giving us some exposure.

Our message is more important than something as nitpicky as getting "permission to use all those photographs", so to anybody out there whose work we're "borrowing", all we can say is oh well, we hope you like what we're doing with your property.

Someone told us that one of the photos showing a guy getting attacked by a dog is "iconic" or famous or something - all the more reason why we should use it for something else - lots of people will recognize it! Then someone told us it was part of a landmark supreme court case about the civil rights movement (whatever the heck that is) and the freedom of the press. Then someone said it was from New York Times v. Sullivan, but that's probably not true since the guy getting bit by the dog might be named Sullivan, we're pretty sure the dog's name isn't New York Times. So anyways, we figured we'd give ourselves permission to use the photo and get on with things.

Oh, and we picked Stalin to attach a fake quote to because he's one of the big bad guys that lots of people know.

Thanks again from the TTB
-(name redacted, for obvious reasons)
zhadu replying to a comment from Jerrold / July 5, 2010 at 03:11 pm
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Keep reporting on the G20 Jerrold. Do *not* shut up.
S / July 5, 2010 at 07:41 pm
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"...to lodge a complaint about the occasional outages in her Blackberry services." Let's not forget the Toronto hydro outages either! Wonder if Toronto hydro employees will be snatched up tonight to the detention center for 'questioning.' lol
seanm replying to a comment from Letnotforget / July 5, 2010 at 07:52 pm
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"Letnotforget", you're an idiot. Many people who went out to enjoy the city did not get arrested. Guess what, I went to the jazz fest and not only was there nearly no police presence, no one was getting arrested.

"Innocent" or not, the people rounded up and thrown in the temporary jail actively chose to be in either security areas, or in the protester crowds. That alone is enough to warrant being rounded up, even if you were being peaceful. It's like walking into a Sowetan ghetto with a shirt reading "I'm a fucking dumbass, also, I'm carrying cash". Tempting fate.
Laroquod / July 6, 2010 at 05:07 pm
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"That alone is enough to warrant being rounded up, even if you were being peaceful. It's like walking into a Sowetan ghetto with a shirt reading "I'm a fucking dumbass, also, I'm carrying cash". Tempting fate"

So therefore... the police should rob you since you are carrying money in a ghetto? Is that what you are saying, seanm, that the role of the police is to visit upon the citizenry whatever fate they are 'tempting'? Just because?

I'm glad people like you exist, man, because it's a great reminder of how precious a thing democracy is, that pretty much everything it is based (like, you know, police being subject themselves to the rule of law, etc.) on can be just completely cast aside in the course of making an argument on the internet. 'Oh you mean some dude was walking on the train tracks? Then he shouldn't complain that police saw him there and ordered the train sped up! Some kids were playing on the roof? Tempting fate! Send in police to push them over the edge! Democracy is about teaching the stupid, foolish, or whimsical in society that their judgement is inferior, by having the police or anyone else walk all over them. Who cares!'

Look in the mirror, man. Is this world you want as you would describe it to your children? If not, then don't advocate for it on the internet.

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