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Friday, August 17, 2001

Toronto mayor slammed for 'Mania conflict

By ZEN RURYK -- Toronto Sun

A councillor is calling on Mayor Mel Lastman to stop promoting attempts to bring Wrestlemania XVIII to Toronto because his son uses WWF stars in Bad Boy store ads.

"In my opinion, (the mayor) is in a conflict of interest," Councillor Michael Walker said yesterday.

World Wrestling Federation stars appear with Bad Boy boss Blaine Lastman in advertisements for the furniture and appliance store chain. He said yesterday Bad Boy has nothing to do with city business or Wrestlemania.

The Municipal Conflict of Interest Act prohibits a city politician from participating in a decision that benefits his spouse, children or parents. However, the matter must be an issue before council, said Peter-John Sidebottom of Ontario's municipal affairs ministry.

Jim Warren, Lastman's deputy chief of staff, said council will not be asked to make decisions concerning Wrestlemania. "These are people who basically are considering putting on an event here and all the mayor said is, 'That would be great,'" Warren said.

The mayor recently said efforts are under way to stage Wrestlemania at the SkyDome in 2002. A host city will be chosen in September. Wrestlemania VI in Toronto in 1990 attracted 67,678 fans.

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