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House of the Week: $2.5 million for a spacious west-end new build surrounded by three golf courses

Address: 28 Twyford Rd.
Neighbourhood: Princess-Rosethorn
Agent: Pauline Saliba, Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd., Brokerage
Price: $2,499,000

The Place: A brand-new, four-bedroom home sandwiched between Islington, St. George’s and Lambton golf and country clubs in Etobicoke.

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A Tour of Ford Country: the 13 notable places that gave rise to our divisive, duplicitous mayor

A Tour of Ford Country: the 13 notable places that gave rise to our divisive, duplicitous mayor

(Image: Ford: John Cullen)

Etobicoke is a study in contrasts, a not-quite-suburb where extreme wealth and persistent poverty often share the same street. No one straddles these two worlds more comfortably than Rob Ford, a rich kid with a working-class sensibility. Here, we map out the notable places that gave rise to our divisive, duplicitous mayor

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UPDATED: Doug Ford knows what his constituents want for Christmas: $20 bills from Doug Ford

Doug Ford hands out $20 bills to residents of a social-housing complex in his ward. (Image: Screenshot/CBC)

Doug Ford hands out $20 bills to residents of a social-housing complex in his ward. (Image: CBC/Screenshot)

Rob Ford and Doug Ford have built their reputations on being willing to help out the little guy. Your neighbour’s pile of sand is bothering you? The mayor is on top of it. Pothole on your street? Mayor. Want a free hamburger? The Fords will give that to you, too (though you may have to wait on line for a couple hours to get it).

Even so, there’s something old-school shady—Boss Tweed-like, even—about the sight of Doug Ford literally peeling $20 bills off a wad and handing them to people at a public-housing complex in his ward. This happened on Wednesday night. We know about it because it was filmed by a CBC news crew (skip to 4:20 to see the relevant bit) and then reported on by the Globe.

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Rob and Doug Ford accuse Sketchy the Clown of stalking the mayor’s mother

(Image: Manjushree Thapa)

(Image: Manjushree Thapa)

Apparently, every Rob Ford lookalike must have a ludicrous (although not necessarily ill-fitting) nickname. First there was Slurpy, who was asked to  star in a counterfeit crack video earlier in the spring. Now, there’s performer Dave McKay—better known as Sketchy the Clown—who had an equally surreal run-in with the Fords while impersonating the mayor for a bizarre, hour-long Rofo Bus Tour on Sunday.

McKay’s acting gig required him to emerge from the Etobicoke woods where police watched Ford and Sandro Lisi drink vodka, and pretend to be drunk for groups of paying tourists. Unbeknownst to McKay, however, the quiet cul-de-sac he was using as a green room was next to the homes of Doug Ford and Ford matriarch, Diane. Cue the mayoral intimidation.

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Rob Ford Crack Scandal: 16 amusing, baffling and touching reactions from notables that you need to read

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Opinions about Rob Ford are like rage-fuelled TTC stories: every Torontonian has one. With the massive volume of mayor-related comments that this city has produced in the past 24 hours, we decided to wade through and pluck out the most poignant quotes from the most prominent commenters. Here, in no particular order, is what we’ve found.

 

rob-Ford-face-large-Drost“I have no reason to resign”
Rob Ford, the most tweeted about man in Toronto


Dougie-City-of-TOronto“About what, Johnny?”
—The mayor’s brother, defender and alleged enabler, Doug Ford, responding to the question “Did Rob Ford lie to the public?”


police-chief-bill-blair-Toronto-Police“As a citizen of Toronto, I’m disappointed. I know this is a traumatic issue for the citizens of this city and for the reputation of this city and that concerns me.”
—Toronto chief of police, Bill Blair, adding a rare personal touch to his explosive press conference yesterday

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Last Holyday: the highs and lows of Doug Holyday’s career in city politics

(Image: Christopher Drost)

City hall will be a different place without Doug Holyday. After 28 years in municipal politics, the deputy mayor joins the Progressive Conservative caucus at Queen’s Park later this month, having beat fellow councillor Peter Milczyn in an Etobicoke-Lakeshore provincial byelection. Of course, none of Holyday’s former colleagues already angling for the vacant seat mix crabby exasperation, fiscal conservatism, courteousness and a deep love of pocket squares like the former Etobicoke mayor. Below, a few of the best and worst moments from Holyday’s time at city hall.

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Rob Ford suspends staffer David Price for making a really boneheaded phone call

(Image: Christopher Drost)

Here’s what we know about Rob Ford’s shadowy director of logistics and operations David Price: he was Ford’s high school football coach; he allegedly dealt hash with Doug Ford in the ‘80s; and  he probably shouldn’t be allowed near a phone.

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Burger’s Priest at Queen and Spadina is now open

Burger's Priest

The Tower of Babel (Image: Lucas Richarz)

The third location of the owner Shant Mardirosian’s crazy popular griddle-smashed burger chain opened its doors on Saturday to a line up that stretched a solid city block. Like Burger’s Priest’s other always-stuffed shops on Yonge and Queen Street East, the new Queen and Spadina location serves fast-food classics, Mardirosian’s unique burger bombs, like the soaring Tower of Babel or the Vatican City (the latter items are on the Priest’s “secret” online-only menu) and a new California Classic burger that’s still in the works. Also in the works: another location, this one at 986 The Queensway in Etobicoke.

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Burger’s Priest is expanding to Etobicoke next (sorry, Mississauga)

Burger's Priest Double Double

Burger’s Priest Double-Double (Image: Lucas Richarz)

The Burger’s Priest’s third location at Queen and Spadina hasn’t even opened yet—though it’s supposed to very soon—and already the crazy popular east-end gourmet burger joint is expanding again. The restaurant tweeted with word of its fourth outpost: a new location at 986 The Queensway near the Cineplex movie theatres in Etobicoke, not Mississauga, as the owner Shant Mardirosian had told Insauga.com Radio last year. The menu is also expanding at the new spot. The Priest will be serving ice cream and other classic soda shop treats, like sundaes and banana splits.

 

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A cheat sheet on Rob Ford’s freefall, from his shrinking staff to the latest on the crack video

(Image: Christopher Drost)

In the 11 days since Gawker broke the story that mayor Rob Ford (allegedly) likes to smoke a little crack in his drug dealer’s basement, Toronto has seen furious denials, crowd-funded campaigns, late-night wisecracks, staff departures and a lot of media mobs outside the mayor’s office. There’s a new meltdown every day; here, a roundup of the latest developments.

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Humber Valley Village residents enlist an architect—and Rob Ford— to fight a condo development 

A proposal from First Capital Realty to build a 65,000-square-foot mixed-used development on the site of the Humbertown strip mall in Etobicoke has local residents, including mayor Rob Ford and his brother Doug, concerned for the neighbourhood’s suburban character. The proposal comprises five buildings containing 576 apartment units, 28 townhouses, 21,000 square metres of commercial space and underground parking. Councillor Gloria Lindsay-Luby and neighbours say it will bring traffic congestion and an unwelcome spike in population density, and the mayor himself showed up at a Etobicoke Community Council meeting last night to put magnets on the cars in the parking lot slam the scheme and remind developers that “this isn’t downtown, this Etobicoke.” Meanwhile, the residents’ association has hired an architect to draw up a proposal for the kind of development they might support, which has 202 residential units, a town square and a maximum building height of six stories rather than 12. First Capital, however, says it’s not planning to adjust its plans before city council considers them at a June 11 meeting. [Globe and Mail]

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Sold: a five-bedroom home on a landscaped lot in Islington for $1.65 million

With all the talk of condo bubbles, over-the-top bidding wars and failed flips, wading into Toronto’s housing market requires equal parts bravery and real estate savvy. To help with the latter, we decided to dish when the properties we profile in our House of the Week, Condo of the Week and Cottage of the Week features are sold. Here, all the details from the latest sale.

• The place: A five-bedroom Etobicoke house with a geometric exterior, a modern, airy interior and a peaceful backyard.

• The agent: Richard K.C. Ling, Harvey Kalles Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage

• Listed price: $1,688,000

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House of the Week: $1.9 million for an Islington home with lush landscaped gardens

ADDRESS: 65 Avonhurst Road

NEIGHBOURHOOD: Islington-City Centre West

AGENT: Richard K.C. Ling, Harvey Kalles Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage

PRICE: $1,880,000

THE PLACE: A five-bedroom Etobicoke house with a geometric exterior and a modern, airy interior.

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The Chase: a first-time buyer finds her dream downtown condo in under a week

The Chase: a first-time condo buyer finds that doing her homework really pays offThe buyer: Natalie Pastuszak, a 28-year-old marketing associate.

The story: Pastuszak was sharing a home with her mother in Etobicoke and suffering an hour-long commute to and from the Financial District. “I was just going from one underground parking lot to another,” she says. “I wasn’t even going outside.” Two years ago, she finally decided to move downtown. She’d watched rents skyrocket and figured owning wouldn’t be much more expensive, so she started poring over MLS listings and researching condos online. By last summer, her finances were in order and she was ready to begin looking in earnest. Her dream place was a sunny one-bedroom suite with a terrace and an on-site gym for no more than $300,000—and it had to be within walking distance of work. (She was especially drawn to the eating and drinking scene on King West.) Thanks to her homework, it took only five days of condo hunting before she got exactly what she wanted.

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Rob Ford and the Toronto Sun are breaking up—here, a pair of personal ads to help them move on

Mayor Rob Ford and the Toronto Sun’s beautiful friendship—a years-long affair based on shared political beliefs, mutual staff members and a common disdain for the Toronto Star—is cracking. In court this week, Ford’s lawyer blamed the paper for the mayor’s current legal woes, arguing that an August 2010 article at the centre of the libel suit misquoted Ford and was more than a “distortion.” The Sun fired back with a column by Michele Mandel that defends the story, accuses the mayor of “bad form” and asks, “Is this how you treat your friends—by throwing them under the bus when the going gets tough?” Given a breakup sounds imminent, we’ve drawn up dating profiles for Ford and the Sun to help them find a new best buddy.

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