The Week: January 20-27


By: Yasmine Laasraoui


girliechic / InstagramFord Nation

A new Rob Ford video surfaced on YouTube Tuesday morning, showing the Mayor babbling in Jamaican Patois at fast food restaurant Steak Queen. Ford admitted to drinking “a little bit, yeah” Monday night, despite giving up alcohol in November. Talk show hosts David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel were quick in responding to yet another Rob Ford gaffe. Even Jeopardy! got on board this week with the answer “In 2013 Rob Ford, mayor of this 4th-largest city in N. America, first said he smoked weed, not crack…then yes, ok, crack, too.”


Playing with fire

A three-alarm fire blazed through a Yorkville building Wednesday morning. More than 100 firefighters showed up at the scene, managing to control the flames by the afternoon. Faced with cold temperatures, the firefighters dealt with a frozen fire hydrant and ice-covered gear. Two people were treated with smoke inhalation, and a 54-year-old man was arrested at the scene for allegedly assaulting a peace officer. 


Ex-NSA director to speak in Toronto

Former National Security Agency director Gen. Michael Hayden and Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who reported on the NSA leaks last year, are set to debate in Toronto. Organized by Munk Debates, the two will go head to head on May 2, discussing the topic “Be it resolved: State surveillance is a legitimate defense of our freedoms.” Tickets will go on sale to the general public on March 6. 


U of T principle leaves for Guelph

On Tuesday The University of Guelph named current vice-president and principle of U of T Scarborough Professor Franco Vaccarino, as president. Vaccarino, who first came to U of T in 1984 has since been chair at the Department of Psychology and oversaw the Scarborough campus’ northward expansion. He will be starting his new position on August 15. “He has built a strong foundation for the future,” said U of T President Meric Gertler.


Ice, ice baby

An extreme cold weather alert was issued Saturday afternoon, warning Torontonians of frigid temperatures. Up to four centimeters of snow are expected overnight, with a wind chill of -25 degrees. The City of Toronto has opened 26 shelter spaces for men and women. 

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