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Rob Ford’s drunken, Jamaican-English-laced rant, translated
On Monday, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was videotaped in a bizarre exchange at a Toronto fast food restaurant that is notable not only for the mayor’s drunkenness, but for his liberal use of Jamaican English.
Through careful analysis of the audio — and translation via sources in Jamaica — the National Post presents this approximate transcript of Mr. Ford’s exchange with an unknown citizen, along with explanations. It is worth noting that this is the first time Mr. Ford has ever been seen to inject his public speech with Jamaican expressions, or even exhibit any knowledge of Jamaican English: http://natpo.st/1cSt13N

Rob Ford’s drunken, Jamaican-English-laced rant, translated

On Monday, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was videotaped in a bizarre exchange at a Toronto fast food restaurant that is notable not only for the mayor’s drunkenness, but for his liberal use of Jamaican English.

Through careful analysis of the audio — and translation via sources in Jamaica — the National Post presents this approximate transcript of Mr. Ford’s exchange with an unknown citizen, along with explanations.

It is worth noting that this is the first time Mr. Ford has ever been seen to inject his public speech with Jamaican expressions, or even exhibit any knowledge of Jamaican English: http://natpo.st/1cSt13N

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Hockey nun — Sister Helena Burns wears a Toronto Maple Leafs jersey while sitting at her desk in her Toronto office, Ontario, Canada, Thursday January 9, 2014. Sister Helena is an avid hockey fan. (Darren Calabrese/National Post) Full story…

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Hockey nun — Sister Helena Burns wears a Toronto Maple Leafs jersey while sitting at her desk in her Toronto office, Ontario, Canada, Thursday January 9, 2014. Sister Helena is an avid hockey fan. (Darren Calabrese/National Post) Full story…

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The great thing about Drake — and there is no irony in the use of “great” here — is the dichotomy that defines him. Sometimes, he is just so darned earnest, such an emotional open book. To the openhearted, that is wonderful; to the jaded, it is a bit embarrassing. And then sometimes, he is able to wink at that.The guy has a sense of humour about himself, which is a large part of his appeal. He charms you into liking him. If he took himself as seriously as it seems he does in his confessional lyrics, it would be absurd. The fact that he embraces the mockery, and even takes part, puts the hip-hop artist standing in as the Toronto Raptors’ global brand ambassador just on the right side of tolerable.As soon as you want to give him, and this whole idea of him representing the Raptors, the benefit of the doubt, the preposterousness of the whole arrangement looms again.“Tonight isn’t a Drake show. It has nothing really to do with Drake,” Drake said before Drake Night, an evening that was a glorification of Drake’s brand, only tangibly related to the Toronto Raptors’ 96-80 win over the Brooklyn Nets. (Photo: Chris Young/The Canadian Press)

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The great thing about Drake — and there is no irony in the use of “great” here — is the dichotomy that defines him. Sometimes, he is just so darned earnest, such an emotional open book. To the openhearted, that is wonderful; to the jaded, it is a bit embarrassing. And then sometimes, he is able to wink at that.

The guy has a sense of humour about himself, which is a large part of his appeal. He charms you into liking him. If he took himself as seriously as it seems he does in his confessional lyrics, it would be absurd. The fact that he embraces the mockery, and even takes part, puts the hip-hop artist standing in as the Toronto Raptors’ global brand ambassador just on the right side of tolerable.

As soon as you want to give him, and this whole idea of him representing the Raptors, the benefit of the doubt, the preposterousness of the whole arrangement looms again.

“Tonight isn’t a Drake show. It has nothing really to do with Drake,” Drake said before Drake Night, an evening that was a glorification of Drake’s brand, only tangibly related to the Toronto Raptors’ 96-80 win over the Brooklyn Nets. (Photo: Chris Young/The Canadian Press)

York University stands by controversial decision to allow female-free schooling for religious student
York University appears to be standing by its controversial decision to permit a student to be excused from a group project because the presence of women interfered with his “firm religious beliefs.”
In a statement Thursday by provost Rhonda Lenton, the university affirmed its commitment to “gender equity, inclusivity and diversity,” but did not retract an October order authorizing the much-criticized “religious accommodation.”
The statement comes one day after York University sociology professor J. Paul Grayson went public with documents showing that university brass had backed a request from one of his students to be separated from female classmates for religious reasons.
“Seventy per cent of the students at York University are female,” Mr. Grayson told the National Post. “This kind of situation, from that point of view, is simply intolerable.”

York University stands by controversial decision to allow female-free schooling for religious student

York University appears to be standing by its controversial decision to permit a student to be excused from a group project because the presence of women interfered with his “firm religious beliefs.”

In a statement Thursday by provost Rhonda Lenton, the university affirmed its commitment to “gender equity, inclusivity and diversity,” but did not retract an October order authorizing the much-criticized “religious accommodation.”

The statement comes one day after York University sociology professor J. Paul Grayson went public with documents showing that university brass had backed a request from one of his students to be separated from female classmates for religious reasons.

“Seventy per cent of the students at York University are female,” Mr. Grayson told the National Post. “This kind of situation, from that point of view, is simply intolerable.”

Grant student’s request to avoid women for religious reasons, prof told 
After refusing to honour a male student’s request to be separated from his female classmates for religious reasons, a York University professor has found himself at odds with administrators who assert he broke their “obligation to accommodate.”
“It represents a great leap backwards,” said sociology professor J. Paul Grayson. “When I was a student, you couldn’t have gotten away with that — it wouldn’t even have been considered.”
The issue arose last September in the opening days of SOCI 2030, an online course taught by Mr. Grayson.
A student, who remains nameless due to privacy reasons, asked to be counted out of a scheduled group project due to the course’s heavy preponderance of female students.
“One of the main reasons that I have chosen internet courses to complete my BA is due to my firm religious beliefs, and part of that is the intermingling between men and women,” he wrote, adding “it will not be possible for me to meet in public with a group of women (the majority of my group) to complete some of these tasks.” (Photo: Tyler Anderson/National Post/Files)

Grant student’s request to avoid women for religious reasons, prof told 

After refusing to honour a male student’s request to be separated from his female classmates for religious reasons, a York University professor has found himself at odds with administrators who assert he broke their “obligation to accommodate.”

“It represents a great leap backwards,” said sociology professor J. Paul Grayson. “When I was a student, you couldn’t have gotten away with that — it wouldn’t even have been considered.”

The issue arose last September in the opening days of SOCI 2030, an online course taught by Mr. Grayson.

A student, who remains nameless due to privacy reasons, asked to be counted out of a scheduled group project due to the course’s heavy preponderance of female students.

“One of the main reasons that I have chosen internet courses to complete my BA is due to my firm religious beliefs, and part of that is the intermingling between men and women,” he wrote, adding “it will not be possible for me to meet in public with a group of women (the majority of my group) to complete some of these tasks.” (Photo: Tyler Anderson/National Post/Files)

Watch the Toronto Zoo’s baby polar bear take its wobbly, adorable first steps 
The Toronto Zoo has released four new videos video of its baby polar bear, including one of the young cub’s first wobbly steps and one of the cub making contented, purring-like “trilling” sounds.

The as-yet-unnamed cub is the “small survivor” of the three baby polar bears born on November 9, 2013, taken from his mother after his siblings didn’t survive their first 48 hours. (You Tube / Toronto Zoo)

Watch the Toronto Zoo’s baby polar bear take its wobbly, adorable first steps 

The Toronto Zoo has released four new videos video of its baby polar bear, including one of the young cub’s first wobbly steps and one of the cub making contented, purring-like “trilling” sounds.

The as-yet-unnamed cub is the “small survivor” of the three baby polar bears born on November 9, 2013, taken from his mother after his siblings didn’t survive their first 48 hours. (You Tube / Toronto Zoo)

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Hot coffee on an icy night — Ice forms on a storefront window as a man sits with a coffee Tuesday night, January 7, 2014. Environment Canada issued a wind chill warning and Toronto put out an extreme cold weather alert as temperatures dropped as low as -40 with the wind chill. (Darren Calabrese/National Post)

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Hot coffee on an icy night — Ice forms on a storefront window as a man sits with a coffee Tuesday night, January 7, 2014. Environment Canada issued a wind chill warning and Toronto put out an extreme cold weather alert as temperatures dropped as low as -40 with the wind chill. (Darren Calabrese/National Post)

Tagged with:  #Toronto  #weather  #winter
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Skating on Lake Ontario in Toronto — Tyler Hnatuk skates the frozen Toronto Harbor just off Algonquin Island with the city of Toronto in the background, Friday January 3, 2014. .[Peter J. Thompson/National Post] More photos…

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Skating on Lake Ontario in Toronto — Tyler Hnatuk skates the frozen Toronto Harbor just off Algonquin Island with the city of Toronto in the background, Friday January 3, 2014. .[Peter J. Thompson/National Post] More photos…

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Puddle-jumping in Toronto — A pedestrian steps over puddle of slush that has accumulated along the sidewalk in downtown Toronto Monday, January 6, 2014. Environment Canada has issued a flash freeze warning and Toronto has put out an extreme cold weather alert as temperatures are expected to drop as low as -40 with the wind chill later today.  (Darren Calabrese/National Post)

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Puddle-jumping in Toronto — A pedestrian steps over puddle of slush that has accumulated along the sidewalk in downtown Toronto Monday, January 6, 2014. Environment Canada has issued a flash freeze warning and Toronto has put out an extreme cold weather alert as temperatures are expected to drop as low as -40 with the wind chill later today.  (Darren Calabrese/National Post)

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When temperatures plummet these Toronto Island residents lace up their skates and glide across Lake Ontario
The ice on Lake Ontario sparkles in the afternoon winter sun.
“Come over here,” beckons Tyler Hnatuk. “I’ve found a perfect spot.”
Alec Farquhar, his wife Kathleen McDonnell and I pivot on our skates and speed north. Ahead of us, across the frozen lake, bristle Toronto’s towers. Our skates bounce on bumpy patches and slow down over snow drifts. We come to open, smooth ice, longer than many rinks. We glide to and fro, swirling and smiling and enjoying the great outdoors.
Some in Toronto complain when the thermometer dips to -26C, as it did outside my kitchen window Friday morning. Not me. “Cold Weather Alert?” Count me in. Cold weather means natural ice. (Photo: Peter J. Thompson/National Post)

When temperatures plummet these Toronto Island residents lace up their skates and glide across Lake Ontario

The ice on Lake Ontario sparkles in the afternoon winter sun.

“Come over here,” beckons Tyler Hnatuk. “I’ve found a perfect spot.”

Alec Farquhar, his wife Kathleen McDonnell and I pivot on our skates and speed north. Ahead of us, across the frozen lake, bristle Toronto’s towers. Our skates bounce on bumpy patches and slow down over snow drifts. We come to open, smooth ice, longer than many rinks. We glide to and fro, swirling and smiling and enjoying the great outdoors.

Some in Toronto complain when the thermometer dips to -26C, as it did outside my kitchen window Friday morning. Not me. “Cold Weather Alert?” Count me in. Cold weather means natural ice. (Photo: Peter J. Thompson/National Post)

Not to shock anyone, but it’s really, really cold in much of Canada today. (Photo: Darren Calabrese/National Post)

Not to shock anyone, but it’s really, really cold in much of Canada today. (Photo: Darren Calabrese/National Post)

I’m ‘the best mayor this city’s ever had’: Rob Ford becomes Toronto election’s first candidate, vows ‘Ford More Years’ 
Mayor Rob Ford became the first person to sign up for the 2014 municipal election race on Thursday, and quickly turned combative when asked how he would respond to questions about last year’s crack scandal on the campaign trail.
“Let them talk about whatever they want. I’m going to stick to my record. I want to see someone get a union deal like I did, get rid of the taxes like I have,” Mayor Ford told reporters at city hall.
Touting his attendance record at council meetings, campaign promises fulfilled and his leadership during crises such as the recent ice storm, Mr. Ford declared himself “the best mayor that this city has ever had.” (Photo: Darren Calabrese/National Post)

I’m ‘the best mayor this city’s ever had’: Rob Ford becomes Toronto election’s first candidate, vows ‘Ford More Years’ 

Mayor Rob Ford became the first person to sign up for the 2014 municipal election race on Thursday, and quickly turned combative when asked how he would respond to questions about last year’s crack scandal on the campaign trail.

“Let them talk about whatever they want. I’m going to stick to my record. I want to see someone get a union deal like I did, get rid of the taxes like I have,” Mayor Ford told reporters at city hall.

Touting his attendance record at council meetings, campaign promises fulfilled and his leadership during crises such as the recent ice storm, Mr. Ford declared himself “the best mayor that this city has ever had.” (Photo: Darren Calabrese/National Post)

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'Are they all on crack?' Toronto council's bizarre day makes Jimmy Kimmel as Rob Ford dances away his troubles (again)
Rob Ford’s dance moves in city council were easy jokes for Jimmy Kimmel on Tuesday night, but one Toronto city councillor has expressed dismay that the mayor and his colleagues are “feeding into that late night show comedy act.”
On ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, the host played a video clip of Ford and other councillors dancing during their council meeting on Tuesday.
“For a while, I thought it was just Mayor Ford, but what I’ve realized is Canadians are much, much weirder than any of us had any idea they were,” joked Kimmel. “They seem so normal, but they’re not.” (Political cartoon by Gary Clement)

'Are they all on crack?' Toronto council's bizarre day makes Jimmy Kimmel as Rob Ford dances away his troubles (again)

Rob Ford’s dance moves in city council were easy jokes for Jimmy Kimmel on Tuesday night, but one Toronto city councillor has expressed dismay that the mayor and his colleagues are “feeding into that late night show comedy act.”

On ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, the host played a video clip of Ford and other councillors dancing during their council meeting on Tuesday.

“For a while, I thought it was just Mayor Ford, but what I’ve realized is Canadians are much, much weirder than any of us had any idea they were,” joked Kimmel. “They seem so normal, but they’re not.” (Political cartoon by Gary Clement)

Beloved Toronto dancing crossing guard told told to cut it out
Over the past few years, Kathleen Byers has become known as the dancing crossing guard at the Dufferin Street crosswalk near Grove Community Public School. On Wednesday, Toronto police told the 64-year-old to stop dancing on the job because it creates a public safety hazard and puts pedestrians’ lives at risk. Robin Grant visited Ms. Byers on Friday on the job, as she helped children cross safely and kept her boogeying to the sidewalk.
Q What’s happening here? You are getting in trouble for dancing on the job?
Byers I just basically heard on Wednesday morning … that I shouldn’t bring my music, dance or dance with music. When asked if I could just exercise – no, can’t even do that. When I talked to the sergeant [at 14 Division], she said: ‘Well, you know, there have been a lot of pedestrian accidents… and on that note we feel you are a distraction and your dancing is risking the lives of children here because dancing would encourage or make a driver hit one of the kids.’ I was never told that I was doing anything wrong in 10 years. No one ever said anything. (Photo: Tyler Anderson/National Post)

Beloved Toronto dancing crossing guard told told to cut it out

Over the past few years, Kathleen Byers has become known as the dancing crossing guard at the Dufferin Street crosswalk near Grove Community Public School. On Wednesday, Toronto police told the 64-year-old to stop dancing on the job because it creates a public safety hazard and puts pedestrians’ lives at risk. Robin Grant visited Ms. Byers on Friday on the job, as she helped children cross safely and kept her boogeying to the sidewalk.

Q What’s happening here? You are getting in trouble for dancing on the job?

Byers I just basically heard on Wednesday morning … that I shouldn’t bring my music, dance or dance with music. When asked if I could just exercise – no, can’t even do that. When I talked to the sergeant [at 14 Division], she said: ‘Well, you know, there have been a lot of pedestrian accidents… and on that note we feel you are a distraction and your dancing is risking the lives of children here because dancing would encourage or make a driver hit one of the kids.’ I was never told that I was doing anything wrong in 10 years. No one ever said anything. (Photo: Tyler Anderson/National Post)