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Nenshi vs. Ford CFL bet

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi may go head-to-head with Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, in a friendly wager about the 100th Grey Cup.

Tweeting at Ford on Sunday night, Nenshi wrote, “What say you, @tomayorford? #mayorbet.” The Toronto Argonauts and Calgary Stampeders will face-off in the CFL championship on Sunday, Nov. 25 in Toronto.

But, what’s on the line? The Calgary mayor wants his Toronto colleague to donate his weight in food to the winning mayor’s local food bank, and promises to do the same if his team loses.

CityNews reports a hometown CFL jersey swap is also on the table, and the losing mayor will sport the new look at a council meeting.

Ford has yet to respond to Nenshi’s bet. The Argos and Stampeders last played for the CFL title in 1991, and Toronto won the game 36-21.

Toronto city council gets a ‘C-Minus’

The Toronto Taxpayers Coalition gave city council a ‘C-Minus’ in its annual “report card,” reports 680 News.

The report card, which Taxpayer Coalition President Matthew McGuire says gives a “tax payers measure of how their city council is performing,” also handed Mayor Rob Ford a ‘B’ for his performance this year.

The group generally gives conservative councillors an edge on its grading scale, and advocates for reduced spending and lower taxes. Three councillors, including Cesar Palacio, Denzil Minnan-Wong, and Mr. Almost-Perfect Attendance, Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday, all received an A+ on the coalition’s report card. 

How would you grade city council? What criteria would you use?

Nicolas Cage acts, pays his tax debt

More sequels! More explosions! More conspiracies! Whatever Nicolas Cage is doing with his acting career, it’s working.

The Academy Award-winning actor is etching away at his enormous tax debt, and TMZ reports he recently paid off a $600,000 USD tax lien. The Kick-Ass 2 star forgot to pay the IRS for expensive gifts he purchased and distributed between 2004 and 2009, and paid back $6-million USD in debt last April. 

Cage, who still owes $6-million USD, is well on his way to being debt-free. According to his IMDb page, the actor has 12 in-production or in-development film projects in the works. In other words, put. The. Bunny. Back. In. The. Box. The IRS box, that is.


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

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