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Rob Ford conflict of interest decision coming soon; Black Friday in Canada?; Halle Berry's men face-off

Rob Ford conflict of interest case decision coming soon

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s conflict of interest case is almost over. The Toronto Star reports the decision will be revealed by Justice Charles Hackland as early as Monday morning, likely by fax or email.

Ford may have breached the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act by being present for a council vote regarding donations to his football foundation. In response to the case, the mayor said he did not realize this was in conflict. Hackland could decide this was indeed a breach of power, and possibly remove Ford from office, or he could accept the mayor’s defence.

680 News reports Ford could be barred from running for mayoral re-election in 2014 if found guilty.

Black Friday in Canada?

Canadian retailers are ‘celebrating’ Black Friday for the first time this year, but is it a hit?

Several stores and malls are offering sizable discounts and extended hours this Friday in connection with the boffo day-after American Thanksgiving shopping.

CityNews reports there were lineups of people outside the Eaton Centre before its 6 a.m. opening. However, these estimates are not close to the scale of the 10,000-plus shoppers who lined up outside of New York City’s Macy’s flagship store before its doors opened at midnight.

Sherway Gardens, Fairview Mall, Shops at Don Mills, Markville Shopping Centre, and the Promenade Mall are among the list of Toronto-area malls that opened at 7 a.m. for Black Friday.

Halle Berry’s men face-off

Halle Berry’s ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry and current fiancé Olivier Martinez allegedly got into an altercation outside of her home in the Hollywood Hills on Thursday night.

The Hollywood Reporter writes Gabriel Aubry, the father of Berry’s daughter Nahla, was arrested for investigation of a battery, a misdemeanor, and released on $20,000 bail later that day. The 37-year-old Canadian is due to appear in court on Dec. 13.

Aubry and Berry have been entangled in a custody battle over their 4-year-old daughter. On the day of the arrest, Aubry allegedly arrived at Berry’s house in the morning, and the police were called to the scene after being called to investigate an assault.

No representative for Aubry, Berry or Martinez has yet to comment on the alleged assault.


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

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