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A lot of stupid things happened in Toronto in 2018. Here’s a look back

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It was another year of living stupidly.

In Toronto — which is of course the centre of the universe — and hereabouts.

Al Carbone, owner of Kit Kat restaurant, in January placed an ice sculpture of a hand with an erect middle finger in front of his restaurant.
Al Carbone, owner of Kit Kat restaurant, in January placed an ice sculpture of a hand with an erect middle finger in front of his restaurant.  (Lucas Oleniuk / Toronto Star file photo)

Cops were bad, crooks were morons, politicians were gasbaggy and public transit was an endless shemozzle.

We had hex-casting witches, sex-trolling preachers and an atheist minister who boxed with God and won a TKO.

Mean to animals, mean to employees, mean to old people and definitely mean to anybody with a contrary opinion, if often anonymously, wielding social media pitchforks. Tweet ‘n’ shout.

So, a shout-out to 2018 as it recedes in the rear-view mirror. Go on, get outta here.

Scene and herd Actors are hired to attend a Toronto rally for Doug Ford.

The Hand-Wringing Maid’s Tale Margaret Atwood takes to Twitter to defend herself after writing a controversial op-ed in which the esteemed author wondered if she was a “bad feminist” for questioning the tactics of the #MeToo movement.

Personas non gratuities Scarborough Tim Horton’s bans employees from accepting tips and announced it will strip them of paid breaks in response to a company-wide $2.40 wage hike.

Weedy needy Two Toronto cops allegedly help themselves to cannabis-infused chocolate seized in a raid, ingest, go loco, panic, make an officer-needs-assistance call.

Tour de force Uber driver is charged with four counts of sexual assault and forcible confinement after four women report separate incidents.

Supporters of Doug Ford gather ahead of the first televised Leaders Debate in May. A casting company contacted several background actors to play Ford supporters outside the debate.
Supporters of Doug Ford gather ahead of the first televised Leaders Debate in May. A casting company contacted several background actors to play Ford supporters outside the debate.  (Chris Young/Canadian Press)

#MeFirst Jian Ghomeshi writes an essay for the New York Review of Books entitled “Reflections from a Hashtag.” Claims: “There are lots of guys more hated than me now. But I was the guy everyone hated first.”

Also known as sexual activity while married Oshawa man is cleared of sex assault after judge finds him not criminally responsible due to “sexsomnia” — engaging in sexual activity while asleep.

Automatic transmission A BMW dealership employee is poisoned by engine coolant poured into his water bottle — allegedly by his co-workers.

Hocus Focus British tourist couple discover a spy camera hidden inside a digital clock at their Toronto Airbnb rental apartment.

God’s one-percenter plan Instagram photo shows Drake wearing a Hells Angels supporter hoodie. Cops go nuts.

A Streetcar Named Out of Service Downpour flooding damages nine expensive new streetcars recently delivered by Bombardier.

This career is out of service Vancouver actor Seth Rogen is hired to voice etiquette announcements on Toronto subways and platforms — like, don’t clip your toenails in public.

I swear Lawyer annoyed about delay waiting to enter a guilty plea for his client is fined $500 for telling the judge to f— herself.

Hip-hippo Hurray! Baby pygmy hippo is born at Toronto Zoo, loves her daily bath and blowing bubbles in the water.

Off the wall Art thief steals print from $35 million Bansky exhibit in Toronto.

On the wall Local artist surreptitiously hangs one of her own works inside the Bansky exhibit to protest charging $35 entrance fee for street art.

Upwardly immobile Woman busted for high climbing — topless — construction site crane, then requiring rescue.

Marry marry quite contrary Prominent lawyer is charged with bigamy for allegedly preparing false documents to facilitate marriage to his law clerk.

Queer smear Somebody sprays swastikas over the rainbow crosswalk in Gay Village.

At a fork in the road Thirty cheesecakes are stolen from The Little Cheesecake Company’s food truck.

Swipe left TTC fare inspector used personal information he collected from a female passenger to later ask her out on a date.

Pearl clutching NDP Leader Andrea Horwath demands PC cabinet minister Michael Tibollo apologize for “racist” comment — that he wore a bulletproof vest on a ride-along with police in the Jane-Finch community.

Samurai clutching Jewelry store owner uses ceremonial sword to chase away robbers.

Widow’s pique Rob Ford’s widow, Renata, files a $16.5 million lawsuit against her brother-in-law Premier Doug Ford, and his brother, Randy, accusing the siblings of breach of trust, conspiracy and “negligent mismanagement” of the family’s Deco Labels business.

Would this work on bicycle lanes? Police accuse a 45-year-old man of stringing wire across Queen St. E. to “clothesline” passing motorcyclist.

Tim-bites Woman accused of climbing through Tim Hortons drive-thru window to attack attendant.

Fangs for nothin’ Suspect hits police dog “Rookie” in the mouth with a brick.

Heils of academia U of T professor Jordan Peterson launches $1.5 million defamation lawsuit against Wilfrid Laurier University, two of its professors and a former gender and equity manager for suggesting he was “analogous to Adolph Hitler.”

Dump and dumper Infamous Forest Hill couple that had formerly sued neighbours for $1.8 million over dog poop are back in court — this time at war with each other as exes.

Presto chango Employee error accidentally deactivates Presto cards of 29,000 customers.

No Presto card required Nineteen-year-old is arrested after video is posted of someone riding on the roof of a moving GO train.

Suspended suspense Cops are mystified upon discovery a car stripped of its innards and plates hanging from a bridge near the Don Valley Parkway.

Squeeze boxed TTC issues warning to pair of accordion players who had been performing summer hit “Despacito” on subways trains.

Let us prey Pastor receives eight-year sentence for extorting sex from three of his parishioners.

Our Father, who aren’t in heaven United Church cancels heresy trial for minister who doesn’t believe in God.

All dogs go to heaven A Scarborough man found guilty of tossing his pet beagle to its death from a seventh-floor balcony allegedly told horrified onlookers: “I killed the dog. What are you going to do about it?”

Foul baller Pitch Talk celebrity event is halted and former Blue Jays third baseman Kelly Gruber removed from the stage for allegedly making inappropriate comments to the event’s female host.

In May, police were mystified to find a car dangling from a bridge near the DVP.
In May, police were mystified to find a car dangling from a bridge near the DVP.  (Anne-Marie Jackson/Toronto Star file photo)

Cop & Robber Police officer with a record of driving drunk with his kids in the car, assaulting a woman and showing up for work under the influence is finally fired — after stealing $80 from a suspect’s wallet while booking him into custody.

He came a crapper Phantom defecator — a human — leaves excrement behind people’s houses, in the bushes near a school and in other “inappropriate places.”

Menagerie a trois Thieves cut through Elmvale zoo fence, snatching lemur, baby gibbon monkey and Stanley the tortoise.

Dumb belle Woman uses a barbell to trash a treadmill machine at GoodLife Fitness gym after getting into an argument.

10-hic-4 Veteran cop was allegedly so hammered when participating in a foot pursuit of a suspect that his slurred words to dispatcher were completely incomprehensible.

Angry birds Visitors to some Toronto parks are warned about the risk of being dive-bombed by aggressive red-winged blackbirds.

They didn’t give a flying f— A pair of “severely intoxicated” women force Air Canada plane to make unscheduled stop in Toronto after so disrupting the flight that attendants were unable to provide alcohol and food service to other passengers.

Bench player Toronto justice of the peace is fired for inserting himself into an assault case in which the alleged victim was his girlfriend.

Q & Arseholes Government staffers take to “clapping out” reporters trying to ask questions at Premier Ford press conferences.

Digital penetration Owner of Kit Kat restaurant erects a giant middle-finger ice sculpture in protest against the King Street Pilot Project.

Kicked to the curb Three former TTC officers who issued bogus tickets to homeless people so they could skivvy off work are sentenced to jail time.

If it walks like a dick and quacks like a dick it’s a dick During a CP24 debate, Kathleen Wynne’s campaign co-chair calls Doug Ford “a bit of a dick, to be honest.”

Give us a minute and we’ll think of a way to blame Mark Shapiro for this Chunks of ice crashing down following a weekend of freezing rain forces cancellation of a Blue Jays game at Rogers Centre.

Brownie pointers PC leader Patrick Brown, on the verge of an election that could’ve made him premier, steps down after CTV News runs with accusations of sexual misconduct by two unidentified women.

Put to pasture Markham decides to move 25-foot-high controversial sculpture — Charity, a cow on stilts — so owner sues the city for $3 million in property damages and a further $1 million in general damages.

She helped herself Woman allegedly steals a rock worth thousands of dollars with the words “Love Yourself” written across it from the Gardiner Museum.

Edifice rex Union Station renovation project is delayed again by up to a year and will cost an additional $22.8 million.

Add to cart Toronto is the only Canadian city to make Amazon’s list of 20 finalists in North America to locate its second headquarters. It doesn’t make the cut.

Her ears were burning Passenger on an Air Canada flight at Pearson is scorched by her cellphone, which caused a fire on board.

A view to a kill Vegan activists return to demonstrate outside Toronto restaurant to protest the killing of animals after, a week earlier, owner had carved up a deer leg in the window in front of them.

The play is under review Scarborough homeowner stabbed when he interrupted a break-in smashes intruder across the head with a hockey stick.

He’d made it about two blocks Martin the Tortoise is reunited with his Oakville owner after 11 months on the run.

Sod off Couple, aged 91 and 88, are threatened with of notice of violation by the city if they don’t mow the grass around a traffic island in front of their home.

Game of Throne Annex house with a toilet in the living room goes on the market for $898,000.

Left holding the baby Minivan is stolen in North York with a 2-month-old infant in the back.

Cronies Two women are charged with posing as witches and swindling a couple of guys for nearly $700,000 — to ward off evil spirits.

Animal rights activists protest Antler Kitchen and Bar in March.
Animal rights activists protest Antler Kitchen and Bar in March.  (Marni Ugar)

Nativity scene After police are alerted to the discovery of forceps, blood and evidence of childbirth in a park, woman comes forward to say she’d kept afterbirth for holistic purposes and had returned it “to nature.”

Bang-a-gong Pot shop employee uses glass bong to fight off attackers who’d splattered him with bear spray.

Another reason why Pillar should take more walks Man files lawsuit against MLB and the Blue Jays after being hit by a bat that flew out of Kevin Pillar’s hands.

Layaway plan scrambled Woman sues Etobicoke fertility clinic for $25 million after a freezer malfunction destroys her stored eggs.

Armed to the teeth TTC driver is stabbed with a broken toothbrush.

Urine a lot of trouble Seventy-three-year-old Simcoe man is charged after throwing urine at police officers investigating a mischief complaint.

Dipsomaniac Well-lubricated man goes skinny dipping in the shark tank at Ripley’s Aquarium.

Meal ticket Ontario Human Rights Tribunal orders a downtown Chinese restaurant to pay $10,000 to a man after ruling it had discriminated against him by asking the man and his three friends, all Black, to prepay for their meals.

B-urned Hundreds of burial urns are stolen over six months at three Mississauga cemeteries.

Daddy dearest Magna International founder Frank Stronach sues daughter Belinda and her two adult kids for $520 million, claiming the family empire was wrestled away from him and his holdings mismanaged while company money was used “for purpose of maintaining her extravagant lifestyle.”

Alley-oops Dwane Casey is fired as Raptors coach. Then he wins NBA coach of the year.

Unloosening the Bible belt A religious leader and self-acclaimed “prophet” told a woman that God “showed him” she would die if she refused to abort his unborn child.

Gate crashers TTC unveils drop-down gates that open only for streetcars because motorists are all the time driving into Queens Quay streetcar tunnel.

Much ado about nothing much Prestigious Bishop Strachan, a private school for girls, fires its head and issues an apology in the wake of a deliberately provocative touring production of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, described by parents as blatantly anti-Semitic.

Blahblahblahblahblah The short version: Premier Ford slashes Toronto council in half.

Rosie DiManno is a columnist based in Toronto covering sports and current affairs. Follow her on Twitter: @rdimanno



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These US entities partnered with the Wuhan Institute of Virology — time for a criminal investigation?

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(Natural News) The Wuhan Institute of Virology from which the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) is believed to have “escaped” has a number of questionable partnerships that are worth looking into in light of the pandemic.

Most of them are universities, including the University of Alabama, the University of North Texas, and Harvard University. There is also the EcoHealth Alliance, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the National Wildlife Federation.

While the relationships between these entities and the Wuhan Institute of Virology may be completely innocent, there is no way to really say for sure without a proper investigation. And this is exactly what Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is calling for, as is the nation of Australia.

Pompeo and the folks down under, along with millions of Americans, would really like to know the true origins of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19). An increasing number of people simply are not buying the narrative that the novel virus originated in bat soup at a Chinese wet market, and this even includes mainstream media outlets like Fox News.

The only way to really determine what was going on at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and who else might have been involved. is to open the place up for an international investigation. But communist China is against this, of course, accusing Australia of “petty tricks” and collusion with the United States.

“Overnight, I saw comments from the Chinese Foreign Ministry talking about a course of activity with respect to Australia who had the temerity to ask for investigation,” Pompeo is quoted as saying in response to China’s aggression against a proposed investigation.

“Who in the world wouldn’t want an investigation of how this happened to the world?” he added.

As the U.S. aims to get back on track economically speaking, Pompeo believes that now is the time to hold communist China, the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and whoever else may have been involved accountable for unleashing this pandemic on the world.

“Not only American wealth, but the global economy’s devastation as a result of this virus,” Pompeo further stated. “There will be a time for this. We will get that timing right.”

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New U.S. analysis finds that lab in Wuhan, China was “most likely” origin of coronavirus release

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(Natural News) While American Leftists and most of the Democrat Party continue to serve as apologists for the Chinese Communist regime over its role in creating and then perpetuating the coronavirus pandemic, a new U.S. government analysis concludes that COVID-19 “most likely” escaped from a lab near Wuhan city.

The Washington Times reports that the analysis cataloged evidence linking the outbreak to the Wuhan lab and has found that other explanations for the origins of the virus are not as credible.

The paper reported:

The document, compiled from open sources and not a finished product, says there is no smoking gun to blame the virus on either the Wuhan Institute of Virology or the Wuhan branch of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, both located in the city where the first outbreaks were reported.

However, “there is circumstantial evidence to suggest such may be the case,” the paper says.

“All other possible places of the virus’ origin have been proven to be highly unlikely,” said the report, a copy of which was obtained by the Times.

ChiCom officials have claimed that the virus’ origin is unknown. However, Beijing initially stated that coronavirus came from animals at a “wet market” in Wuhan where exotic meats are butchered and sold in disgusting conditions.

Chinese officials claim that COVID-19 went from bats to animals sold in the market last year, then infected humans.

U.S. intelligence officials have increasingly dismissed that explanation, however, as attention has begun to focus on evidence suggesting that Chinese medical researchers were working with coronavirus in the country’s only Level 4 facility, which is in Wuhan.

U.S. Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said that intelligence agencies are investigating whether the virus escaped from a lab or was the result of a naturally occurring outbreak, but that analysts have ruled out reports that COVID-19 was manmade.

‘The most logical place to investigate the virus origin has been completely sealed off’

“At this point, it’s inconclusive, although the weight of evidence seems to indicate natural,” the general said on April 14, “but we don’t know for certain.”

The analysis said that the wet market explanation does not ring true because the first human diagnosis of coronavirus was made in someone who had no connection to the wet market in question. And according to Chinese reports, no bats were sold at that particular market.

At the same time, several questionable actions and a growing paper trail provide clues that the virus actually escaped from a lab, even as China begins to clamp down on those information streams.

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The biggest media lies about the coronavirus: Origins, treatments and vaccines

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(Natural News) If there is one thing that most everyone can agree on concerning the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it is the fact that there is no shortage of conflicting information out there about the nature of it. And the mainstream media is certainly doing its part to steer the narrative as part of a larger agenda, using plenty of misinformation along the way.

The following are among the most commonly parroted lies about the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) that aim to distort the facts and deceive you into believing falsehoods about this pandemic:

Media LIE: The virus is not man-made

From the very beginning of this thing, the official narrative was that the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) came from a Chinese wet market where bats and other “exotic” animals are sold as meat. But the world later learned that it actually more than likely “escaped” from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

The mainstream media and social media platforms went nuts trying to censor this information and even called it  “fake news.” But eventually it became undeniable that bat soup was not responsible for spreading the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) around Wuhan and eventually to the rest of the world – hence why we continue to call it the Wuhan coronavirus rather than just COVID-19.

We have even seen attempts by the media machine at making the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) a racial issue because there are supposedly more “people of color” coming down with it than people with fair skin, which further detracts attention away from the source of this virus.

Media LIE: Hydroxychloroquine is extremely dangerous and doesn’t work

The minute that President Donald Trump announced that hydroxychloroquine may be an effective, and very inexpensive, remedy for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19), the mainstream media immediately began decrying this claim as fake news, even though Anthony Fauci himself praised hydroxychloroquine back in 2013 under Barack Obama as being some type of “miracle cure” for SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome).

There have even been studies conducted that were designed to intentionally smear the drug as both ineffective and dangerous, though one in particular purposely left out zinc, which appears to be a critical co-factor in supporting the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine – in other words, politics as usual.

Media LIE: Only a vaccine can save us from coronavirus

Many politicians and public health officials are parroting the lie that the only way America can come out of lockdown and go back to “normal” is to get vaccinated with some future vaccine for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) that does not even yet exist. A vaccine, we are repeatedly told, is the only thing, or perhaps some new “blockbuster” antiviral drug, that can cure the world of this scourge and make everything happy and wonderful once again.

Meanwhile, not a peep is being made about things like intravenous (IV) high-dose vitamin C, which is being successfully used in other countries to stem the tide of infections without the need for new drugs and vaccines.

By omission, nutrition is pointless

Speaking of natural approaches to overcoming the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) that are being systematically ignored by the mainstream media and most in politics, have you heard anyone mention the importance of nutrition in all of this? We did not think so, and this is intentional.

Regular readers of this site over the years should know by now that the single-most important thing you need to do to stay healthy besides exercising regularly is to feed your body the nutrition it needs to naturally ward off illnesses, including those associated with the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19).

Research compiled by the Lewin Group reveals that nutritional remedies such as calcium, vitamin D, folate, omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zeaxanthin, and more all play a critical role in fortifying the immune system, which, if properly nourished, should have little problem fending off disease.

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