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The Sun laments government ineptitude with a story about a “porn loser” 

We’ve heard of people cursing the government over higher food and gas prices—but blaming the RCMP for failed porn stardom? That’s new. The Toronto Sun reports 38-year-old Tony Marcu, also known as “Craig,” filed a $100-million lawsuit against the Canadian government for alleged negligence by the RCMP, which he claims ruined his chances of becoming a rich and successful adult film actor and producer in his native Romania. Apparently, the cop shop took too long to provide Marcu with his requested criminal background check, resulting in a squandered opportunity to start his own adult film entertainment company in his homeland. Now Marcu is living in a boarding house in Toronto, missing out on projected monthly earnings of $34 million. Of course, we’re not sure what’s worse: Marcu’s business plan or the paper’s puns. Toronto Sun columnist Michele Mandel writes, “Was [Marcu] going to make millions if not for the RCMP’s backlog [of criminal record searches]? That’s rather hard to believe. But there’s no denying that the unfair delay has been too much for the porn star to bare, er, bear.” Wow. Just…wow. Read the entire story Read the entire story [Toronto Sun] »

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The Thing: Seduction on two wheels (a.k.a. the bike)

The Thing: seduction on wheels

(Image: Andrew B. Myers)

What with expletive-inducing gas prices and the suddenly ubiquitous Bixi docks, we don’t go for bike rides anymore, we just bike. Everywhere—to work, to the bar, to the opera. And just like you wouldn’t show up to The Magic Flute in head-to-toe spandex, you wouldn’t arrive on a beat-up racer either. Bikes have become functional forms of self-expression, and our bike lanes are runways for a new breed of stylish cyclist, gracefully commuting on retro-inspired models from European brands like Abici or Pashley. With big leather seats and wicker baskets, these bikes are for taking your time, for riding upright in something of a two-wheeled strut. Heads are definitely turning—whether they’re checking out the rider or the bike is another question. Abici Granturismo, $1,000, with Abici Square basket, $100. Curbside Cycle, 412 Bloor St. W., 416-920-4933.

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Eight new electric car charging stations open around the G.T.A., as Ontario slowly, slowly moves towards a gas-free future

Jason Wolf, VP North America at Better Place, and Sandra Pupatello, Ontario Minister of Economic Development and Trade

As oil goes back over $100 per barrel and GTA commuters face higher gas prices, electric cars—a.k.a. “EVs” for “electric vehicles”—are slowly gaining popularity in the city. To capitalize on this, the international organization Better Place—not a.k.a. “BP”—is launching a pilot project that will build eight EV charging stations across the GTA and Barrie. The stations will be situated where Better Place’s partners are located, such as PowerStream sites in Barrie, Markham and Vaughan; Veridian sites in Ajax and Bowmanville; and the Evergreen Brick Works.

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Toronto wakes up to higher gas prices. Who’s to blame? Everybody

With prices jumping to $1.20 per litre in some places—having risen almost five cents in two days—Toronto is facing prices similar to the summer of 2008, right before the last recession started. Who gets the blame depends very much on who is being asked. Here, a rough roundup of the potential suspects.

Libya: While it’s a relatively small oil exporter (exporting less oil than Canada, itself a small player next to giants like Russia and Saudi Arabia), the chaos in Libya has the markets nervous. As much as it’s possible for business pages to come to a consensus on anything, this is the short-term explanation for the last few days.

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