Suspected and self-admitted cenotaph vandal arrested by Toronto police
Thomas Christian Zaugg, 33, has been arrested in relation to the vandalism of a historic cenotaph honouring Canada’s fallen soldiers on Bay Street in Toronto, according to the Toronto Police Service.
The cenotaph had been defaced with blue spray-painted words reading “Ye Broke Faith.”
Chair girl, the infamous stool tossing super villain of Toronto (though not as infamous as another alleged stool tosser) has had her sentencing delayed until February 7.
Chair Girl, whose real name is Marcella Zola, pleaded guilty to a mischief charge for throwing a patio chair from a downtown Toronto balcony in late 2019. She admitted to being the person in the video onto the Gardiner Expressway.
She turned herself in days after the video went viral.
Zola, though, has not admitted to posting the video herself on social media, which has thrown a wrench in the sentencing process.
Zola’s lawyer, Gregory Leslie, says he did not have the opportunity to review whether or not Zola actually posted the video. It is now up to the Crown to prove whether or not she had posted it.
“They will call the witness, they will examine. I will cross-examine the witness and then it’s up to Her Honour to decide whether or not the Crown has been able to prove Ms. Zoia posted that,” said Leslie.
“The reason that the Crown feels this is important is because it would be an aggravating feature, an aggravating circumstance that would assist the crown in sentencing.”
Zola threw the chair from the 45th floor of a highrise, barely missing a busy highway below. Luckily, no one was struck below.
Prosecutors are aiming for a six-month jail sentence, whereas Leslie is aiming for a suspended sentence with probation and conditions set by the judge.
The University of Toronto has become the centre of attention after frustrated students revealed that a professor required them to purchase his book and follow him on social media for better grades.
According to Reddit user XdaZxz, who will be referred to as Daz, Professor Mitchell Huynh made 5 percent of his course reliant on whether or not students followed through with the social media follow and the book buy.
In a photo posted by Daz, the breakdown of the course can be seen with the requirements being labelled as “Pinnacle of Participation.”
The book accounts for a boost of 1 percent, with Twitter and Instagram also each being worth one percent, as well as a LinkedIn connection.
Having the book signed by Huynh also accounted for another 1 percent of the marks.
Other students replying to the post voiced their displeasure, as many felt as though the demand of following a professor on social media was crossing the line.
“Marks for social media follows is definitely not allowed,” one user wrote in the U of T Mississauga thread. “Presumably the book signing is so that students can’t buy a used copy and it would not be appropriate to so blatantly tie this to the students’ grades.”
“I think the main issue here is that he’s blatantly trying to profit off his students by increasing his followers count AND attributing marks to buying his book,” said another post.
Huynh is a U of Toronto Alumni himself who has since entered wealth management and condo development.
Don Cherry’s name has been taken off of the Western Hockey League’s “Suits up” fundraising project. On Friday night the Edmonton Oil Kings held an event that has previously been advertised with his name.
For the two previous seasons, the event was called “Suits Up with Don Cherry to Promote Organ Donation.”
CTV News reported that this year they have changed the name to “Suits Up to Promote Organ Donation.” This will be the wording for the game between the Oil Kings and the Prince Albert Raiders on January 17
For the promotion, the players trade their regular jerseys for suit-themed ones that resemble the suits Don Cherry is famous for wearing during Hockey Night in Canada.
Cherry was recently fired from the program for his controversial comments regarding people not wearing poppies.
He said, “You people … that come here, whatever it is, you love our way of life, you love our milk and honey, at least you can pay a couple bucks for a poppy or something like that. These guys paid for your way of life that you enjoy in Canada, these guys paid the biggest price.”
Cherry also made an announcement letting people know that he will not be coaching the Canadian Hockey League prospects game. The game is an annual event that Cherry has been involved in since 1996 along with his good friend and hockey legend—Bobby Orr.
The WHL has 17 “Suits up” games being played from January to March. The games help fund the Kidney Foundation of Canada. In the first two years of the events, they have raised close to $500,000 for the charity.
Canadian rock music legend and rock and roll Hall of Famer Neil Peart has passed away, according to his family.
The drummer, who passed away in his Santa Monica, California home earlier this week at the age of 67, was one of the most influential and innovative drummers of his time.
According to a family spokesperson, Peart died after a battle with brain cancer.
Peart’s influence on the genre was undeniable. Peart was a recipient of numerous awards for his drumming and lyricism—primarily for his writing role in Rush—including being inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame for 1983, making him the youngest drummer ever honoured.
The Ontario native joined Rush in 1974, winning seven total Grammys, as well as numerous Juno awards. The band was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1994, and the Rock and Roll hall of fame in 2013.