The Audit: bank bonuses, the Blue Jays’ payroll and the month’s other notable numbers

The Audit: bank bonuses, the Blue Jays’ payroll and the month’s other notable numbers

The Audit: February 2013
$0
Total increase for the 2013 Toronto Police Service budget, notably less than the $21.4 million Chief Blair requested.

$6
Monthly fee to read the Toronto Sun’s “premium articles,” a designation that includes the Sunshine Girl but not breaking news.

$77
Cost for a six-pack of Westvleteren XII, a rare beer previously sold only at the Belgian abbey where it’s brewed. At the Yonge Street and Queens Quay LCBO, all 120 cases sold out in four minutes.


$240
Fine for owning a monkey in Toronto.

$1.4K
Amount a Brampton woman paid, per buttock, to perk up her caboose with injections she claims were faulty because her butt quickly returned to its pre-perky state.

$3.8K
Amount in cash a Brampton seamstress found hidden in a dress shirt, the same amount she returned to the owner, less a $10 alteration fee.

$14K
Amount Mississauga resident Gustavo Gomez allegedly charged a client for healing rituals involving bloody eggs, worms and black coal.

$55.5K
Amount paid at auction for Group of Seven painter A. Y. Jackson’s St-Tite-des-Caps, some $20,000 more than expected.

$741.4K
Average price of a detached home in Toronto, 3.8 per cent less than in 2011.

$2.2M
Grant money the Gates Foundation awarded a U of T engineering team to refine a waterless, hygienic toilet for developing countries.

$9M
Estimated cost of a mayoral by-election.

$50M
Approximate increase in the Blue Jays’ payroll for the 2013 season, improving their odds of winning the World Series from 144:1 to 8:1.

$1B
Value of the Leafs—one of the NHL’s perennially losingest teams—during a lockout season, as estimated by Forbes magazine.

$5.25B
Estimated drop in the Thomson family’s net worth between a 2007 peak and November 2012, when Geoff Beattie resigned as Woodbridge CEO.

$10.3B
Amount Canadian banks set aside for 2012 bonuses, up $800 million from 2011.