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and become airborne. “We noticed it flip over, my uncle, his son and a doctor friend of ours all got into a boat and went out and tried to help them,” said Appleby in a phone interview with The Guardian. “There were other boats in the area, but nobody was doing anything. The smell of fuel in the air might have scared them. I don’t know.” According to a newspaper report, the father and son were ejected from the boat and trapped underneath pieces of debris belonging to the boat that broke apart when it landed back in the water. Appleby, both Russells and their friend, Dr. Kenneth Sniderman, took the nearest >>>‘I’, page 8

Northern Spirit Games come to Archbishop Romero today Dust off your snow shoes and brush up on your spear throw because it’s time for the Northern Spirit Games. The Toronto Catholic District School Board is hosting its eighth annual Northern Spirit Games this month. The games started last week and consist of 10 indoor and out-

door activities based on traditional First Nations, Métis and Inuit sports and activities that are still practiced in northern communities. The games take place at five TCDSB sites, including Archbishop Romero today. More than 1,400 students from grades 4 to 6 will participate.

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light of christ: All eyes were on the stained glass windows at Westminster United Church Sunday. The congregation took time to admire the windows at the church, which is closing its doors this spring when the congregation dissolves. Centre photo, Cherri Hurst conducts a tour of the stained glass windows. Above, Anne Simmonds admires the large window over the altar during the tour. While the church was active since the earliest Presbyterian services in Weston prior to 1847, the first sermon in this building on William Street was held Feb. 22, 1953.

oselyn Kelada-Sedra was on a retreat at a Trappist monastery in upstate New York when she wrote the key points of what would later become her first full-length play. “Then it sat there for a year,” the York resident recalled. She eventually showed it to a director, who encouraged her to keep writing. After a year of revisions, Six & Eight was complete. “I had no idea how much work it would be,” KeladaSedra said. The first two acts of an earlier draft of the play was showcased at b current’s rock.paper.sistahz festival last May, but a completely different version will be shown during b current’s afteROCK play series March 4 to 10. B current is a performance arts company in Toronto. The series, to be presented at COBA’s Studio Theatre inside Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St. E., will showcase theatre creators and performance work by black women artists and artists of colour. The debut series will be made up of two plays – one of them Kelada-Sedra’s – and a public reading of Harriet’s Daughter, by York resident M. NourbeSe Philip, who was travelling and unavailable for comment for this story. Directed by Taylor Marie Graham and choreographed by Alcina Chiu, Six & Eight tells the story of a young woman (KeladaSedra) and man (Kaleb Alexander) who meet on the dance floor and feel an immediate connection. As Sadiyah learns to trust Christian to lead her in swing dancing, she also puts her trust in him as a person. For Christian, he revels in the way dance expresses thoughts without saying a word, like mind reading. And what if you could transfer that language into a relationship, whereby

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‘...theatre is a noble act because people volunteer to put themselves through pain, madness, falling in love and all powerful things about being human and let people watch.’ – Roselyn Kelada-Sedra reading each other’s body ultimately means reading each other’s minds? “I definitely didn’t know how to dance,” KeladaSedra said when asked if she drew from personal experience when penning the piece. “You see relationships all the time, where people don’t mean to screw each other up but do serious damage. Bodies show what resonates with each other, even if the words don’t match. Swing dancing seems so fun and perfectly harmless, but I had no idea people were so intense about swing.” To prepare for the performance, Kelada-Sedra took swing dancing lessons with Bees’ Knees Dance and quickly learned it was more technical than originally thought. “I didn’t know there was such a fine balance between holding a firm frame and being flexible,” she said. “It’s not sexual, but it can be sensual.” A former journalist, Kelada-Sedra said goodbye to her former career three years ago and “slept and

read novels until I felt sane again” while contemplating what direction to take her life. After making a chart of every career experience she had, along with positive and negative impacts, she settled on theatre. “I love theatre,” she said during rehearsals for Six & Eight. “To paraphrase from (theatre director) Andrew Tidmarsh, theatre is a noble act because people volunteer to put themselves through pain, madness, falling in love and all powerful things about being human and let people watch. It’s the most generous thing people can do for each other. I hope people approach (Six & Eight) with grace and it inspires people to live with grace with each other.” Six & Eight will preview Monday, March 4 at 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $15. Regular shows run Wednesday, March 6 and Friday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 9 at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $20, or $17 for seniors and students. Visit www.bcurrent.ca or call 416-533-1500.

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s commuting woes continue across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), it’s time for everyone who has a stake in moving people around to come together and start talking about solutions beyond spending billions of dollars to build new rapid transit lines in the coming decades. our view We need to start thinking of alternatives, ones that can be Cost-effective quickly implemented and will see an immediate impact on not solutions for only the ways in which we move quick impact people around the GTHA, but also the cost of doing it. In the case of the TTC, it can be as simple as altering the times we use the system for our daily commute. Former TTC chair Adam Giambrone said a huge amount of costs the TTC incurs for rush-hour service could be saved if riders could spread out the times they commute. The TTC is in “a perpetual budget crisis” in which it is essentially penalized by higher costs linked to its increases in ridership during rush hours. Shifting commute times by as little as 30 minutes could alleviate some of those costs, and it’s a solution many businesses seem willing to offer their employees. Also, some foresight into future planning can lessen demands on the public transit system and also help lower operating costs. Toronto’s Chief Planner Jennifer Keesmaat is championing plans for greater intensification of the city’s major streets, with more multi-use buildings of six to seven storeys, which would feature residential, retail and office units all within the same structures. It seems like such a simple concept, get people living closer to where they work so they can avoid longer commutes. But right now that’s the opposite of the way land development and planning works in the GTHA. Our roads and transit are full of people riding packed buses or driving long distances to industrial and manufacturing areas located far from residential communities. The same goes for downtown congestion as thousands rush in and out of the core each weekday, jamming an already congested subway system and major roads. We need to come up with some new and better ideas. Our feature in today’s paper, Intelligent Transit, looks at some of these proposals, and we hope it encourages readers to come up some of their own ideas. What are your smart commute ideas? Email your ideas to letters@insidetoronto.com newsroom

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To the editor: We entrust our children to Canada’s public school system for their most crucial years, and rightly expect our school system will help them grow up to become good, law-abiding, productive citizens of Canada. Our children are, still at least in pre-high school grades, taught Canadian history and geography, but when it comes to cultural identity, our education system is and always has been a complete failure. Our school system teaches our Canadian children to grow up performing and admiring mostly American culture and disdaining Canadian culture by the complete absence and avoidance thereof. Well, our school system’s cultural education departments are the main root cause of the total absence of Canadian culture education. I, as at least one proud Canadian, want to know why this happens. Steve Hartwell

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’ve got some bad news. Mel’s hemorrhoids are acting up again. So he won’t be coming over to watch the hockey game on Saturday night. Sorry to have to pass it along. But Bertha thought you might like to know. Who’s Mel, you might ask? Beats me. I’ve never met the guy. What’s more, Mel’s not even his real name. And he doesn’t actually have hemorrhoids acting up. He has something else acting up. On top of that, it’s not my place that he’s not coming over to either, for that matter. It’s Bertha’s. Which is not her real name, either. I bumped into the lady in question the other day when the subway was shut down for awhile on my route and we all had to be diverted to shuttle buses. I’m not a big fan of these shuttles. They always pack

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you in like sardines and on this one we were crammed in even tighter than usual. Anyhow, as the back door was about to close the aforementioned not-really Bertha managed to squeeze her way in last. She was sneezing up a storm as she entered, much to the chagrin of everyone inside. It must have been about a dozen sneezes in a row before she finally stopped. Every passenger’s nightmare is having somebody with a cold in the vicinity. We all breathed a collective sigh of relief when she reached into her pocket for what we assumed would be

a handful of tissues. Alas, said collective sigh was short-lived. It wasn’t tissues she was grabbing after all, it was her cell phone. She had to talk to her husband, Harvey. Everybody together: “Not his real name, either.” Oh excuse me, did I say “talk”? My apologies for the inaccuracy. I meant to say “scream” – as many on cellphones are wont to do these days in public places for some reason. And when I say scream, I mean loud enough so everybody in this shuttle, everyone in the seven shuttles behind us and everyone in any of the shuttles currently in orbit anywhere in the universe could hear. Anyhow, she was phoning to say the fictitiously named Mel, who was her brother, and best friend to her hubby, the fictitiously named Harvey, had left a message that wouldn’t be

coming over to watch the game because he didn’t feel up to it given his condition. But she was hoping to convince him to change his mind and was going to call him back right now. Unfortunately, at that moment she got off at the next stop. I couldn’t believe it. Just when things were getting interesting, too. The suspense is still killing me. Personally, I’m hoping she succeeded. If he comes over and her cellphone happens to go off while he’s there it could be just what the doctor ordered. Compared to having to listen to that racket, hemorrhoids acting up might not feel so bad after all. Or whatever it is he actually has acting up, I mean. n Jamie Wayne is a lifelong columnist, who takes writing very seriously. The topics? Not so much. His column appears weekly. Contact him at jamie. wayne@sympatico.ca

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FANNIE SUNSHINE fsunshine@insidetoronto.com Guns, ammunition, a sword and drugs were seized by police during a search of Toronto Community Housing buildings Thursday, Feb. 21. Conducted in response to community concern about the increase in violence in recent weeks, Project Walk-In was first launched in government housing buildings throughout North York’s 31 Division, before other TCH buildings in Scarborough, Etobicoke, York and East York were searched. All areas searched were public areas, such as laundry rooms, and did not require search warrants. The search in 31 Division netted two handguns, a replica handgun, a shotgun, 20 rounds of ammunition, a sword, and a quantity of drugs, police said, adding ammunition, drugs and other weapons were seized at locations throughout the city. “We have a strong and

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– Sinead Canavan, TCH spokesperson mutually beneficial relationship with Toronto Community Housing, aimed at targeting those who have chosen violence,” 31 Division St. Sup. Tom Russell said in a release. “We have worked with TCH effectively, and we will continue to do so. We have had very good feedback as a result of Project Walk-In. This will continue to be an ongoing crime prevention strategy between the TPS and TCH.” Items seized by police were on display for the media Monday at 31 Division, 40 Norfinch Dr. Violence plaguing 31 Division was put front and centre Feb. 11 when St. Aubyn Rodney, 15, was shot dead inside his TCH apartment. A 17-year-old has been charged with manslaughter.

“It is troubling that by hiding weapons and drugs in such areas, people engaged in criminal activities have put the safety of all residents and staff at risk,” TCH spokesperson Sinead Canavan said in a release. “The combined citywide efforts of the Toronto Police Service and Toronto Community Housing have made a good start in getting weapons out of our communities. We trust that future searches will bring similar results and lead to arrests. We all play a part in keeping communities safe. With witness information, Toronto police can seek arrests and Toronto Community Housing can pursue evictions of residents who commit crimes on our properties.”

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proving more attractive to professional women with families, who must juggle As traffic gridlock worsens, their children’s needs with the commuters are facing the demands of their profession, stark choice of paying more said Samatas. to realize the completion of “Women are looking for new transit systems or watch flexibility but they also want commute times in the GTHA to be challenged by their job,” (Greater Toronto Hamilton said Samatas. “It’s hard to drop Area) continue to balloon to off your kid at daycare or unimaginable levels. school when you have to be at Throughout February, resia meeting by nine o’clock.” dents have had the chance to She said the company has participate in roundtables, achieved higher rate of retenconsultations and discussions, tion for its employees who to evaluate transit plans that are keen to stay in a position promise to reverse the tide of which affords them the flexcongestion and usher in a new ibility in how they work. The Staff photo/DAN PEARCE future for transportachallenge, she said, is tion options – one that for more businesses to Former TTC board chair Adam Giambrone estimated that if one to two per cent of peak-time riders could alter their won’t come cheap. offer flexible work times commute times by just 30 minutes, it would save the TTC approximately $10 million in new service costs. Even if they are without sacrificing proa funded, such massive ductivity. closer look infrastructure under“I think we have crisis,” said Giambrone, who ing could be offering “incentakings will cost tens of is now a media commentator. tives” for travelling outside come a long way, but Inside billions of dollars and Toronto it’s one thing to have a “And one thing in the mix of of peak periods so that riders will take decades to policy and another to things to consider is shifting who choose to do so could complete. Meanwhile live and breathe it every the burden from the peak receive some form of fare RAHUL GUPTA and region’s transit systems, residents, no matter their day,” Samatas said. hours.” discount. which, presently, is dealing Offering a flexible commute He estimates it costs the “Your goal here is to encourrgupta@insidetoronto.com choice of transportation, with overcrowding and trafremain stuck in traffic patterns would not only improve an TTC around $6 million for age very specific travel,” said A senior Toronto architect fic congestion. promised only to worsen. employee’s productivity but it every one per cent growth in Giambrone. applauds Chief Planner Keesmaat has frequently With new transit for Toronto would also benefit the cashridership. Chris Upfold, TTC chief of stated her support of a lowand area far off into the future strapped TTC, said the former In 2012 the TTC reported customer service, acknowlJennifer Keesmaat’s call for mid-level development rise future for Toronto that and existing transportation chair of the transit agency 514 million annual rides and edged some benefits in a camprojects with strong links to could handle the growing networks straining to deal with recently. is anticipating around 528 milpaign to encourage shifting public transit. city’s needs without raising record ridership, new ideas on The TTC’s continuing lion by the end of 2013. commute times to off-peak But David Butterworth the ire of local communities how to deal with situation are dilemma, according to Adam Giambrone estimated that periods. said he wants to see concerned about condoemerging. Giambrone, is it is attracting if one to two per cent of those But he balked at the prosKeesmaat and the city planminium towers changing Businesses, especially, are record ridership numbers, but peak-time riders could alter pect of getting the TTC to ning department settle varithe landscape of the neighlooking to find ways for a much of that travel is coming their commute times by just 30 approach employers. ous planning “ambiguities” bourhood. during the peak hours. “I think we can do somesmarter commute for their minutes, it would save the TTC regarding the building of At a recent speech at employees. Or in some cases, thing to help our customers six-to eight-storey buildthey are eliminating the comunderstand what their options the at the Toronto Board ings along major avenues of Trade, Keesmaat encourmute completely by granting are, and where it might be What we find is people are more productive when in the city. aged shifting focus from employees more flexibility in busier. But aiming a camthey don’t have a long commute and are not exdeciding when - and where paign at employers is not a “If Jennifer is really sugsingle-family residences hausted. We don’t want our employees getting up at gesting this then she’s got TTC issue,” said Upfold. they work. to higher density mixed5 a.m. so they can spend three hours on a nail-biting to allow some flexibility growth housing, particularly Local staffing and recruiting Instead, he said the TTC outside of the downtown would likely focus on benefits and freedom within the firm Poly Placements allows its commute. mid-rise guidelines,” said core. workforce of around 50 people to customers, who could then – Sarah Samatas, Poly Placements Butterworth, a senior flexible start and leave times, inform their employers about “We have a tremendous head of human resources as well as the ability to telethe benefits of altering their designer for firm Kirkor amount of capacity within Architects and Planners. the City of Toronto to commute for one or two days commute times. Speaking this month, redevelop our avenues as per work week, said the place“Peak times are the most approximately $10 million in “We could show that if you Butterworth said the type very livable urban places,” ment agency’s head of human difficult time to add service,” new service costs. get on a bus or subway at a of European-style developresources. Sarah Samatas He suggested the TTC certain time you’re going to Keesmaat said. he said. ment Keesmaat envisions Butterworth said devel“You have to potentially buy get a seat, for example.” said said the company realized should consider a “twofor Toronto could create opers might be interested in giving employees options on new vehicles and hire more Upfold. “Customers can then pronged” awareness camnew creative opportunities building mid-level buildings when they come into work people just for those times. paign to educate riders and go back to their employers for designers. in areas near major tranat its location near the busy If you could get those people employers and called on the and say: ‘Gosh wouldn’t it He said such planning sit connections but only intersection of Yonge Street to adjust their commutes, you city and province to review be great if I can make these would facilitate the transand Eglinton Avenue made would have capacity to handle their current policies on comchanges.’ But we don’t have if they can make it work formation of certain subfinancially. for a more productive and less service load without adding mutes. plans in respect to influencing urban neighbourhoods “Why is anyone going distracted workforce. any service.” Giambrone said when employers.” into local “satellite cores,” “What we find is people are Giambrone believes the While an advertising camto knock down a two- or he headed the TTC board walkable urban areas with three-storey building just more productive when they TTC could save on the need between 2006 and 2010, the paign is possible in the future, opportunities for office and to build six?” he said. “You don’t have a long commute for providing more peak or TTC had planned to run an Upfold said the TTC has no retail space and connected really need to have make and are not exhausted,” said rush hour service if riders were advertising campaign encourcurrent plans for one. via public transit to the it affordable to purchase able to shift their commute aging flexible commute times. Samatas, however, encourSamatas. “We don’t want our downtown core. Building the land and ensure there a employees getting up a 5 a.m. times by as small an amount The campaign, however, never aged both the TTC and GO with transit in mind would, reasonable return on it.” so they can spend three hours as either 30 minutes earlier ended up launching. Transit to educate ridership according to Butterworth, on a nail-biting commute.” or later. He said another way to about the benefits of shifting -with files from ease pressure on the Toronto Flexible commutes are “We’re in a perpetual budget encourage smarter commuttransit commutes. David Nickle

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‘I needed to help, regardless’

Buzzers get friendly on Family Day Above, St. Michael’s Buzzers’ players Shane Conacher, left, and Michael Neville help Julia Furgiuele around the ice during a post-game Family Day skate at St. Mike’s Arena last week, which included councillors Josh Colle and Joe Mihevc. Players joined fans on the ice following their 1-0 defeat of the Toronto Jr. Canadiens. Below, Buzzers’ Jake Clements right, plays with Marcus Coppa during the Family Day skate. Photos/Peter C. McCusker

>>>from page 1 boat out to see if they could help. His uncle insisted that he stay behind, but Appleby wasn’t having it. “I’m stronger than the other three,” Appleby said. “They needed my strength if they were to pull them out of the water.” Without thinking, Russell and his son dove in amid shards of glass and gasoline spreading over the surface of the water to reach the victims. To help get better grip, Appleby took off his shoes and got a small cut on his right foot, which he didn’t realize happened in the chaos. This is how Appleby would end up losing that leg. Appleby helped pull the son, who had a large cut on his head, on the boat. He also pulled the father in, who, said Appleby, was unresponsive and pronounced dead on scene. When they brought both men to shore, another doctor arrived, performed CPR and helped revive the father. The ambulance arrived and took both victims to the hospital and he walked back to the cottage not realizing the cut he received on the boat was getting infected. “Eight days later, I’m in the hospital and they’re saying, ‘We’re taking your leg,’” Appleby said. Appleby now has a prosthetic leg. He underwent months of rehabilitation at St. John’s at Sunnybrook Hospital, and he’s battled depression. It’s been a huge adjustment for the 46-year-old York resident. The medal is a constant reminder of what was saved and lost that summer. Appleby uses a wheelchair most days and only uses his prosthetic for “special occasions.” One of which was the Decorations of Bravery Ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, earlier this month, where he accepted his Medal of Bravery and got the chance to speak to York-South Weston MP Mike Sullivan. “I was impressed by this man, who suffered an enormous loss himself in order to help save somebody else,” Sullivan said. “He was get-

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Jordan Appleby, left, accepts the Medal of Bravery from Gov. Gen. David Johnston Feb. 8 at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.

ting a medal…but he didn’t want the fact that he lost his leg doing it to be what it was all about, which is quite astounding.” Appleby said his medal isn’t on display anywhere in his home. Instead, it’s tucked away in a box out of sight. “OK yes, I did something nice for somebody but I don’t need to be reminded of it,” he said. Appleby still grapples with the harsh reality of his situation and the conflicting emotions that underlines his past and present. “If I didn’t go out and help these people I would be biking and working. It’s a hard thing I have to cope

with every day,” Appleby said. “I still have bad flashbacks about it every once in a while.” According to Sullivan, who had a chance to speak with Appleby after the ceremony, Appleby is a shining example of what it’s like to face adversity head-on and continue on with his life to the best of his ability. And part of that resilience is acceptance. “He wasn’t remorseful,” Sullivan said. Appleby said he doesn’t regret his actions on that fateful day in August. “I needed to do this,” Appleby said. “I needed to help, regardless. It didn’t matter what happened to me.”

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Thought Exchange: Black Power in Toronto, 1950s to 1970s WHEN: 6 to 7 p.m. WHERE: Maria A. Shchuka Library, 1745 Eglinton Ave. W. CONTACT: 416-394-1000 COST: Free Funké Aladejebi (Harriet Tubman Institute, York University) relates the story of how black organizations in Toronto used education to combat racism by making connections to Africa and adapting the language of Black Power to a Canadian experience. Call to register.

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said. “You want the skating rink, the biogarden – you want to cram everything into this space because another one might not come up.” Nicklin told the group that the key was to interconnect sometimes smaller parcels of public space, and use the streetscape as well. “The simplest of public spaces are usually the best,” he said. “We usually overcomplicate them.” Nicklin was just one of the presenters and participants in the first session. Future sessions will deal with the transformation of the subways, and making the city more resilient. Keesmaat said the roundtables will ultimately lead to an “action document” that will draw together input from various city departments as well as the private sector. “I feel we’re bringing some of the best minds in

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the city around the table – we’re bringing private sector thinkers, industry leaders and a variety of city divisions around the table,” she said. “My hope is that this will begin to build some consensus about what the challenges are we are trying to solve. The question isn’t only what to do, but how do you fund it and how do you operationalize it.” Keesmaat said that at the end of the process she’ll compose an “action document” that will likely encompass a variety of actions – from direction to staff, to matters that will require council approval, to possible tweaks to the city’s official plan. Upcoming roundtables include March 5, the Resilient City; April 2 meeting, Transforming the Suburbs. RSVP to chiefplannerroundtable@toronto.ca

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posturing, positioning and vendetta-voting. The February council meeting illustrated this all too well. Council spent its first day debating whether to debate a walk-on item about the shelter system, and archly attempting to put one of Ford’s harshest critics onto the mayor’s executive. They went on to browbeat two of the city’s longsuffering accountability officers, debate whether or not to let newcomers here illegally use services that the city offers regardless of citizenship (and then claim victory on that basis) and put off deciding what to do with an Etobicoke hockey arena. Finally, after extending the meeting to a punishingly long evening session, they made a token sensible decision, and voted to shut down a plan by EtobicokeLakeshore Councillor Mark Grimes to offer developers incentives to build condominiums on the waterfront.

That, added to a quick motion by TorontoDanforth Councillor Paula Fletcher to formalize grace periods for parking-permit holders in the downtown neighbourhoods, represented the bulk of the collective wisdom of council this month. But generally, the leaderless crew ran the meeting with all the grace of a sugared-up daycare full of three-year-olds trying to drive a minivan. There is no obvious mechanism for this to change. The mayor returns a formidable survivor, but no more a bridgebuilder than he ever was. Council remains an unorganized agglomeration of ambition, ideology and parochialism. The city government as a whole continues to be unworthy of the fine city that it’s charged with. To put it another way: Ford may be strong as he’s ever been. But the real frailties of Toronto’s municipal government have never been more apparent.

The leaderless crew ran the meeting with all the grace of a sugared-up daycare full of three-yearolds trying to drive a minivan.

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