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Rob Ford to Continue Dieting, in Private


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After announcing plans to stop his “Cut the Waist” public diet, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has shifted his weight, and will continue to lose the pounds, in private.

Ford told his brother, councillor Doug Ford, and listeners of his Newstalk 1010 radio show Sunday he was, “Not even dieting anymore,” and that he does not, “care about the weigh-in.” Yet, on Monday, he called in to the John Tory Show to clarify his stance, saying he was still planning to lose 50 pounds, but just without public pressure.

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“My brother was egging me on pretty good… I went down 22 pounds, I was 330, went to 308,” said the mayor. “Then I gained four pounds and I was just a little frustrated. He just kept bugging me and bugging me and bugging me and I said, ‘Enough with this diet, it’s over.’ … I’m not weighing in on Monday, I’ll weigh in on June 18 and then I’m going to continue on.”

June 18 was the original end date for the For d brothers’ “Cut the Waist” challenge. Since starting the campaign in January, the mayor has missed five of the last nine public weigh-ins. The mayor also cited media pressure as a reason for quitting his public battle of the bulge.

“They just sit there and wait for you Monday like piranhas,” said the mayor.

Indeed. On the other hand, Doug Ford has vowed to continue on with his public diet, and both Ford brothers plan to weigh-in on June 18.

Church rejects Ontario’s Pro Gay Straight Alliance Bill, Claims “Micromanagement”

The Catholic Church has denounced the province’s new anti-bullying law and plans to allow Gay-Straight Alliances in all Ontario schools, saying this is unnecessary government “micromanagement.”

Cardinal Thomas Collins, head of the Ontario Assembly of Catholic Bishops said Monday that these laws undermine the Catholic Church’s own ability and authority when tackling bullying in schools.

On Friday, the province announced plans to amend its anti-bullying bill, Bill 13, to give all students the right to have and name their clubs “gay-straight alliances” in spite of the wishes of their school’s authorities. Originally, the bill called for, “organizations with the name gay-straight alliance or another name.”

Though other ambiguities remain, Collins says the “principle” of the matter restricts the freedom and autonomy of different school boards, and adhering the Catholic Church’s mandate.

New Dark Knight Rises Trailer Hints at Plot (Finally)

A new TV spot for The Dark Knight Rises features new dialogue from Michael Caine, and finally hints at a storytelling direction for the highly-anticipated blockbuster guarantee.

Yes, much of the footage has already been seen in other (vague) trailers and promotional materials for the film, but this spot includes a disappointed Alfred the butler saying, “You’re not Batman anymore,” to Bruce Wayne.

The Warner Bros. and DC Comics film will hit the big screen on July 20. Critical and commercial buzz for the “final” chapter of the Batman saga continues to build, following the boffo record-breaking success of Marvel’s The Avengers, and finally, writer-director Christopher Nolan has offered a glimpse of storyline.

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Joanna Adams is the online and social media editor for Toronto Standard. Follow her on Twitter at‏ @nowstarringTO.

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