—The fine levied on councillor Giorgio Mammoliti after he pleaded guilty, this morning, to four campaign-finance offences he committed during the 2010 election. This is considered light punishment (removal from office was a possible penalty), and it isn’t the first time Mammoliti’s behaviour has cost him money. In July, city council docked his pay for 90 days after he improperly accepted donations from lobbyists.
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I was in the Queen subway station recently and encountered a long lineup, so I did that move where you sneak past people mumbling “Sorry” and dump your fare into the can. One guy yelled, “Oh, only you have places to go?” and I got the stink eye from someone else. What am I supposed to do—wait interminably as trains pass by?
—Line Dancer, North York
The Secret History of Wonder Woman, the new book by Harvard history prof and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore, is much more than the genesis story of a beloved superhero. Behind the Amazon warrior princess’s invincible bracelets, star-studded tiara and Lasso of Truth is the tale of her creator, William Moulton Marston, an American psychologist and writer. Using unpublished diaries and letters, Lepore’s impeccably researched, century-spanning volume documents Marston’s improbable existence, which somehow included both writing a magazine column that celebrated conventional family life, and, in private, polygamy and BDSM. (Ironically, Marston’s other claim to fame is the invention of a blood pressure test used in modern lie detectors.) At the Lillian H. Smith Library Lepore will converse with Globe and Mail columnist Nathalie Atkinson about how Marston channelled his suppressed identity into the pages of his series, and how his feminist superhero became an embodiment of the women’s rights movement in America.
Thurs. Dec. 11. FREE. Lillian H. Smith Library, 239 College St., 416-393-7746, beguilingbooksandart.com.
Rob Ford probably wouldn’t have won the 2014 mayoral election even if he hadn’t been sidelined by an unexpected health crisis, but you know what? He’s all about second chances. During an interview with CP24’s Stephen LeDrew earlier today (LeDrew, of course, is a longtime favourite of the Ford family), the former mayor said he’s already “plotting” (a fine choice of words) a 2018 mayoral run. “If my health holds up,” Ford said, “my name will be on the ballot.” That’s our Rob: unbowed by life’s cruelty and still acting in the best interests of absolutely nobody.
The avant-garde enigma Henri Fabergé (real name: Henry Fletcher) has been hovering around the city’s art, music and theatre fringes for years: he’s best known for The Adorables, a secretive supergroup featuring members of The Bicycles and Born Ruffians, who play surreal live shows that feel like East Village ’80s performance art. His latest creation, Crisis on St. Creskins, is a site-specific holiday rock opera that transforms the great rooms and hallways of the Campbell House Museum into an Edwardian naval academy, where students are staging a Christmas pageant while stoking a long-held rivalry with a nearby arts college. The show is arch and absurdist, combining cabaret, improv and punk into an irreverent new holiday tradition.
Dec. 13 to 15. $20. Campbell House Museum, 160 Queen St. W., 416-597-0227, henri-faberge.com.
Ontario’s auditor general says public-private partnerships may not actually be a magic source of money, after all
—The approximate amount of money the provincial government could have saved over the past decade if it had successfully (i.e., without any of the stunning incompetence that sometimes plagues Queen’s Park) delivered large infrastructure projects itself, rather than relying on public-private partnerships, according to a new report from the Ontario auditor general. This is startling news, because the key selling point of public-private partnerships has always been that they’re allegedly cheaper than government-run projects.
Living in Toronto and consuming Toronto-based media can sometimes make it hard to tell when a Torontonian has truly become world famous, rather than just-in-Canada famous. Here’s one way we can know that P.K. Subban’s celebrity doesn’t end at the border: he was just profiled by the New Yorker. Anyone who read Toronto Life’s 2013 story about Subban and his family will already be familiar with the Rexdale-raised Montreal Canadiens defenceman’s biography, but the New Yorker piece, by Ben McGrath, takes an outsider’s view of P.K.’s rise through the Canadian hockey machine. Readers get an introduction to Westmount, the Montreal enclave where Subban is looking to buy a home (preferably one with cedar closets for his furs), and, at one point, out of consideration for American readers who have never been subjected to Coach’s Corner, McGrath even spends a full paragraph explaining who Don Cherry is. Mostly, though, the article is a meditation on professional hockey’s deeply conservative value system, and why Subban’s ebullient personality is so disruptive to it. It’s worth a read.
Searching for a perfect complement to the obligatory annual viewing of How the Grinch Stole Christmas? Head to Yorkville, where the Liss Gallery is hosting a touring exhibition of the work of beloved American cartoonist and storyteller Theodor Seuss Geisel—that is, Dr. Seuss. The Art of Dr. Seuss consists of more than 50 limited-edition prints (not originals) released by the artist’s estate. Items on display will include images of preliminary sketches from Seuss classics like The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham and The Lorax. Meanwhile, prints of items from the artist’s surreal “secret art” collection will provide a darker, more nightmarish take on his career. The exhibition continues until Christmas Eve. Admission is free, but offerings from un-Grinchlike donors will support Autism Speaks.
Dec. 6–24. PWYC. Liss Gallery. 140 Yorkville Ave., 416-787-9872, lissgallery.com.
The Property: This modern home, which has yet to be built (the photos that accompany this article were taken inside a model home with an identical layout), will span 3,800 square feet of big rooms, massive windows and a finished basement.
—Retired York Region police commander Norn Miles, on his decision to fake-arrest some G20 detainees as an excuse to release them from the infamous “kettle” at Queen and Spadina. Miles was speaking at a disciplinary hearing for superintendent David (Mark) Fenton, the Toronto police commander accused of ordering the kettling unlawfully.
Paid: $19 million ($37,000 an hour)
Bang for Buck: He’s reliable and not injury-prone, but he’s in the twilight of his career and no R. A. Dickey.
—The number of pages of advertisements for various kinds of sexual services in last week’s 95-page issue of Now Magazine. The ads, which have long been a source of revenue for the alt-weekly, are now suddenly of questionable legality because of Bill C-36. In a note published on Sunday, Alice Klein, Now’s editor and CEO, says that the magazine will continue printing adult classifieds. She believes that the new law’s specific wording creates exceptions for magazines that publish only certain kinds of sex ads.