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Rob Ford: ‘I thought I was going to meet my maker’

Rob Ford was discharged from the hospital after a two-day stay, and told a radio station of his plans to get back to work immediately. 

His brother, Councillor Doug Ford, said the Mayor left Humber River Regional Hospital at around 2:30 p.m. on Thursday. Three hours later, the pair called in to the Arlene Bynon Show on AM640.

The 43-year-old Mayor announced plans to attend the Taste of the Danforth festival this weekend, and described his condition as a, “little throat infection,” which triggered his asthma. Ford also said his doctors told him his illness could have been due to using a bad or old inhaler, or from food poisoning. 

With reporters camped outside the hospital, Ford said on AM640, “I thought I was going to meet my maker… But they gave me some strong antibiotics.”

Referring to the concern and well-wishes from Torontonians, Ford said, “You’re my boss, you pay my wages… When something’s wrong, the taxpayers should be the first to know.”

PCs want to expand beer and wine sales beyond the LCBO

Is it time for the expansion of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario outlets and to allow convenience stores to sell beer and wine? The Ontario PCs say yes.

On Wednesday, the Conservatives called out the Liberal government for their averse stance on liquor expansion in Ontario. Progressive Conservative MPP Peter Shurman said, as per the Toronto Starthat it was time for Ontario to make a change, in this direction. The Tories also said the LCBO’s plans to spend $100-million over two years to build around 70 new stores, something they would like to be cancelled.

Meanwhile, Premier Dalton McGuinty rejected this Tory proposal, saying that the Liberals felt Ontarians would feel safer if liquor sales were facilitated through the government, in part for its ability to regulate sales to minors.

“We think it’s safe, we think it’s secure,” said McGuinty, in the Toronto Star.

Earlier this month, the Ontario Convenience Stores’ Association submitted a petition with over 112,000 signatures asking the government to allow their locations to sell beer and wine. 

Beastie Boys’ MCA’s Will Bans His Likeness From Ads

You’ve got to fight! For your right! Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch (MCA)’s will prevents his likeness from using his name, image, music or artistic property to be used from advertising purposes.

Rolling Stone reveals that the 47-year-old, who died in May, left a will which read, “in no event may my image or name or any music or any artistic property created by me be used for advertising purposes,” with a specific note that the “any music or any artistic property created by me” line was a handwritten addition. Interesting.

Filed on Tuesday in Manhattan Surrogate Court, the will also left MCA’s $6.4-million estate to his wife.

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Joanna Adams writes about news and entertainment for Toronto Standard. Follow her on Twitter at‏ @nowstarringTO.

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