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June 10, 2007

Hey Fanz!

It's here!

For more info . . .

Fair Vote Canada

Bagpipes on the road!

Gordon's Acoustic Living Room have one more regular gig at the Free Times Café . . .

Sunday, June 17
Free Times Café
320 College Street
just west of Spadina
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Free Times Café

Still no cover, no minimum.

Now in our fourth year of monthly gigs at the Free Times!

Gordon's Acoustic Schedule 2007!


. . . and then we're off to the Maritimes!

Gordon's Acoustic East Coast Tour!

Don't worry, we'll be back at the Free Times on July 22!

Your old furniture can be someone else's brand new start!

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Furniture Bank Auction Fundraiser!

Since 1998, Furniture Bank has collected and distributed donated furniture and other household items to assist a wide variety of persons in Toronto who are in need. Our clients are individuals and families who are leaving shelters or hostels, or refugee claimants. They are referred to us by over 150 registered agencies in the city.

Last year alone, we diverted over two hundred and twenty one metric tonnes of gently used furniture from ending up as land fill!

Almost all of the donated furniture we receive is given to our clients at no cost. However, from time to time, surplus or oversize items and collectibles are put up for sale to support our charitable work for families in transition.

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On Tuesday, June 19, Furniture Bank will hold its first ever fundraising auction sale!

Coming up for sale will be Victorian & country furniture, paintings and old carpets, 1950s & retro furniture as well as teak. Also fine china, silver, costume jewellery, pottery and much, much more—over 200 lots!

You can view many of these items on our website at www.furniturebank.org/auction.

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Date: Tuesday, June 19th 2007
Time: 7 pm until 10 pm (ish) – Doors open at 5:30.

Preview: Monday, June 18th 2007 from 2 pm until 8 pm

Address: 200 Madison Avenue
(at Macpherson Avenue,
one block north of DuPont Street and
one block east of Spadina Road)

Telephone: 416-934-1229 ext. 705
Fax 416-934-0433

Aargh, Matey, have you ever been to a street dance?

Port Dover Harbour Museum

June 23 - 24

Beach party with Ian Bell
Sunday, June 24
7:00 pm until the cows come home

beside the Port Dover Harbourfront Museum!

This one is to support the Museum.

What's that smell?!

The Wee Stinky Band!

Promenade Days are the big annual Canada Day weekend party in Barrie, and the Wee Stinky Band will be doing their part!

Scott sez . . .

We'll see you

Friday, June 29, 2007

for our

2nd annual Tiff's Patio
Promenade Days

Tiff's Patio
30 Dunlop Street East
Barrie ON L4M 1B1

And coming up in the fall . . . look for a stinky return engagement at

199 Essa Road Barrie

And in other news . . .

Paris Hilton in hysterics as she's sent back to jail for probation violation

Fri Jun 8, 8:33 PM

By Linda Deutsch

LOS ANGELES (AP) - She was taken handcuffed and crying from her home. She was escorted into court dishevelled, without makeup, hair askew and face red with tears.

Crying out for her mother when she was ordered back to jail, Paris Hilton's cool, glamorous image evaporated Friday as she gave the impression of a little girl lost in a merciless legal system.

"It's not right!" shouted the weeping Hilton. "Mom!" she called out to Kathy Hilton, who also was in tears.

The 26-year-old hotel heiress tried to move toward her parents but was firmly steered away by two sheriff's deputies, who held her by each arm and hustled her from the courtroom.

Superior Court Judge Michael Sauer was apparently unmoved by the pleas of Hilton's three lawyers to send her back to home confinement due to an unspecified medical condition. He ordered Hilton returned to a Los Angeles County jail to serve out the remainder of her 45-day sentence for violating probation in an alcohol-related reckless driving case.


The judge gave no explanation for his ruling. But his comments throughout the hearing showed he was affronted by county Sheriff Lee Baca's decision to set aside his instructions and release Hilton after three days in jail to finish her time in the luxury of her Hollywood Hills home.

Her lawyers said the reason for her release was an unspecified medical condition. The judge suggested that could be taken care of at jail medical facilities.

The sheriff later hinted at a news conference that Hilton had psychological problems, and said she would be watched in jail "so that there isn't anything that is harmfully done to herself by herself."

Following the hearing, Hilton was taken to a correctional treatment centre at the downtown Twin Towers jail for medical and psychiatric examination to determine which facility she will be held in, said sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore.

"She'll be there for at least a couple of days," he said.

The sheriff later defended his decision, citing jail crowding (although Hilton was in special unit and did not have a cellmate) and what he termed "severe medical problems."

He said he had learned from one of her doctors that she was not taking a certain medication while previously in custody, and that her "inexplicable deterioration" puzzled county psychiatrists.

Baca also charged that Hilton received a more severe sentence than the usual penalty for such a crime, but said he would not try to overrule Sauer's decision again.

"The criminal justice system should not create a football out of Ms. Hilton's status," the sheriff said grimly at a news conference.

After being taken to court in a black-and-white police car, paparazzi sprinting in pursuit and helicopters broadcasting live from above, Hilton entered the courtroom weeping and continued to cry throughout the hearing, which lasted more than an hour.

Her blond hair was pulled back in a dishevelled knot, in contrast to the glamorous side-swept style in her booking photo from earlier in the week. She was wrapped in a long grey fuzzy sweatshirt over slacks.

Her body shook constantly as she dabbed at her eyes. Several times she turned to her parents, seated behind her in the courtroom, and mouthed, "I love you." At one point, she made the sign of the cross and appeared to be praying.

Despite being reincarcerated, she could still be released early. Inmates are given a day off their terms for every four days of good behaviour, and her days in home detention counted as custody days. It appeared that Friday would count as her sixth day.


Friday's hearing was delayed by a misunderstanding. Hilton apparently thought she was going to be able to participate from home by telephone. But the judge, who had not authorized that, angrily denounced a media outlet for spreading that rumour, although a court spokesman also gave that information to news media. He ordered sheriff's deputies to go to Hilton's home and bring her to court. The process took nearly two hours.

Once the hearing began, Sauer was blunt in his criticism of the sheriff for disobeying his orders, which specifically banned home confinement with electronic monitoring.

"I at no time condoned the actions of the sheriff and at no time told him I approved the actions," he said. "At no time did I approve the defendant being released from custody to her home."

The hearing was requested by the city attorney's office, which had prosecuted Hilton and wanted Baca held in contempt for releasing Hilton despite Sauer's express order that she must serve her time in jail. The judge took no action on the contempt request.

A member of the county counsel's staff said Baca was willing to come to court with medical personnel. The judge did not take him up on the offer.

Assistant City Attorney Dan Jeffries argued that Hilton's incarceration was purely up to the judge. "Her release after only three days erodes confidence in the judicial system," he said.

Hilton's lawyer, Richard Hutton, implored the judge to order a hearing in his chambers to hear testimony about Hilton's medical condition before making a decision. The judge did not respond to that suggestion.

The judge interrupted several times to say that he had received a call last Wednesday from an undersheriff informing him that Hilton had a medical condition and that he would submit papers to the judge to consider. He said the papers never arrived.

Every few minutes, the judge would interrupt proceedings, state the time on the clock, and note that the papers still had not arrived.

He also noted that he had heard that a private psychiatrist visited Hilton in jail, and he wondered if that person played a role in deciding her medical needs.


The last lawyer to speak was another deputy city attorney, David Bozanich, who declared, "This is a simple case. There was a court. The Sheriff's Department chose to violate that order. There is no ambiguity."

Hilton's twisted jailhouse saga began Sept. 7, when she failed a sobriety test after police saw her weaving down a street in her Mercedes-Benz on what she said was a late-night hamburger run.

She pleaded no contest to reckless driving and was sentenced to 36 months' probation, alcohol education and US$1,500 in fines. In the months that followed she was stopped twice while driving on a suspended licence. The second stop landed her in Sauer's courtroom.

Back before Sauer on Friday, Hilton's entire body trembled as the final pitch was made for her further incarceration. She clutched a ball of tissue and tears ran down her face.

Seconds later, the judge announced his decision: "The defendant is remanded to county jail to serve the remainder of her 45-day sentence. This order is forthwith."

Hilton screamed.

Eight deputies immediately ordered all spectators out of the courtroom. Hilton's mother, Kathy, threw her arms around her husband, Rick, and sobbed uncontrollably.

Deputies escorted Hilton out of the room, holding each of her arms as she looked back.

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