The Week: March 2-8


By: Yasmine Laasraoui

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flickr / David McEachernEl Mocambo for sale

The landmark rock venue on Spadina Ave. is up for sale for almost $4 million. The iconic club opened in the late 1940s, and has hosted a variety of musicians since, including The Ramones, Bob Marley, Blondie, and The Rolling Stones. El Mocambo has changed owners nearly ten times since it’s opening. However, the recent listing may begin its transformation into a residential or retail building. “I’d love to keep it as a music venue, but I think there’s other options for it as well,” said the venue’s real estate agent Neil Warshafsky.

Rob’s spring forward gaffe

Torontonians all lost one of hour of sleep today, as Daylight Savings ‘spring forward’ occurred early this morning.  Mayor Rob Ford, however, didn’t seem to get the memo. He reminded his followers on Twitter yesterday, “Daylight Saving Time starts this evening, turn your clocks back and change batteries in the smoke alarms.” The inevitable Twitter backlash came in the form of “Rob Ford: fall forward. Makes sense. #TOpoli” and “Rob Ford: the mayor who won’t even follow the dimensional rules of time.”

Nudity ban at 2014’s Pride Parade?

City Hall was asked to enforce Canada’s ban on nudity at this year’s Pride Parade on Wednesday. The motion, put forth by three trustees of the Toronto District School Board, Sam Sotiropoulos, Irene Atkinson and John Hastings, base their claim on making the parade more family and kid- friendly. “I don’t believe males or females should be running around naked in the streets, and if they are, police ought to be called,” said Atkinson.


Dovercourt fire

Three people died in a fire at an apartment near Dovercourt Rd. and Dupont St. on Friday night. Firefighters responded to a call at 3:10am to the apartment engulfed in flames. The police has identified the victims as Katie Charron, 21; Jordan Boyer, 22; and Alysia Graham, 21. The cause of the fire has not been yet determined. Graham’s friends, who were supposed to be celebrating her 22nd birthday, held a memorial releasing 22 lanterns into the sky on Saturday night.

Shooting at York University

A shooting at the York University food court on Thursday evening has left two people injured. One of the victims, a female student, was shot in the leg and brought to Sunnybrook Hospital. Another student received injuries from the shrapnel. The university remained on lockdown until 1 a.m. the following morning. Toronto police are still searching for the suspect who fled the scene. He is described to be a black man in his mid-20s, 5’ 8” to 6’ tall, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt.

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