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Canadian Man Builds Park Steps for $550 After City Estimated a Minimum Cost of $65K

A Canadian man took initiative to make his community safer after noticing people risking injury walking down a slope in a city park --- and now the city is deciding whether or not to press charges.

Adi Astl, a former mechanic, tried to work with city officials but ultimately constructed eight steps himself so people could more safely make their way up and down the embankment in Etobicoke’s Tom Riley park, the Toronto Sun reported.

Glenn talked about the ridiculous example of big government on radio Thursday.

"Let me tell you about the Toronto man who was a little upset because the Toronto Community Park had taken an estimate for the stairs that needed to be redone," Glenn said.

Astl had asked his councilor about whether or not the city could install steps. The Parks, Recreation and Forestry department estimated that building eight steps on the embankment would cost anywhere from $65,000 to $150,000. After their steep estimate, Astl took matters into his own hands and built the steps for $550.

People enjoying the park seemed to be fine with using the new wooden stairs, but city parks officials soon put an end to the “illegal” installation, adding yellow caution tape and cones to block usage of the steps.

GLENN: Let me -- let me tell you about the Toronto man who was a little upset because the Toronto Community Park had taken an estimate for the stairs that need to be redone. And nobody wants to rip off the city, right? The estimate was between $65,000 and $150,000. Now, that's just to put, you know, some -- some stairs down.

The guy who built the stairs for $550 said, "I really thought -- when I saw that estimate, I thought they were talking about an escalator." So what he did was he hired a homeless person to help him, and he built -- now, remember, we're talking about a huge flight of stairs. We're talking about going down a hill and -- oh, no. We're talking about eight stairs. Eight. $150,000. The lowest estimate was $65,000. He built it with a homeless guy in a matter of hours for 550. The city of Toronto is upset. They say he didn't follow the regulations. And they may just have to pull those up and now start all over again.

PAT: I bet they could do that for under $250,000 though. Don't you think?

GLENN: Well -- well, now you have to take him out now. You have to take him out now.

RADIO

Jason Whitlock: Raiders coach fired by NFL as a ‘SIGNAL’ to others

Raiders Head Coach Jon Gruden was forced to resign (fired) by the NFL on Monday due to 'misogynistic' and 'homophobic' language found in several of his old, private emails. But Jason Whitlock, sports writer and host of 'Fearless' on BlazeTV, tells Glenn that Gruden's words never should have resulted in his job lost: 'We should have accepted his apology and kept it moving.' But instead, Whitlock says the NFL chose to use Gruden as a 'signal' for all other employees who may oppose the football organization's current, far-left political stances: 'Taking over sports, taking over the NFL, is crucial to the goals of the left and what they're trying to do.'

RADIO

How an ‘orchestrated’ revolution is bringing America TO ITS KNEES

Victor Davis Hanson, Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, joins Glenn to discuss his new book, 'The Dying Citizen.' He explains how America's hippies from the 1960s are the progressive elites running our institutions today and how their 'well orchestrated' moves have created a top-down revolution that's 'bringing us down to our knees.' So, what's the solution? Davis Hanson tells Glenn what we can do to push back against the far left today…

THE GLENN BECK PODCAST

Who Is More Evil: Government or Facebook? | Robby Soave | Ep 120

The Left and Right agree: Social media companies like Facebook are abusing their power — whether through censorship or harmful, groupthink-creating algorithms. But is the solution really more censorship and regulation, like government fearmongers and leftist "whistleblowers" have insisted? Glenn sits down with the senior editor at Reason, Robby Soave, who has a much more refreshing solution laid out in his latest book, "Tech Panic: Why We Shouldn't Fear Facebook and the Future." Politicians have weaponized the fear we have about social media. So, maybe we should be looking at the positives. Glenn and Robby take a look at the (very familiar) history of tech panic and censorship, balance the consequences of changing Section 230, and expose the real threat to the future of free speech: Progressive tyranny entrenched in the old school media.

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'HARMFUL CONTENT': How King Biden Is KILLING the Constitution

On "Glenn TV" tonight, Glenn Beck heads to the chalkboard to reveal how the fundamental transformation of America has already begun by turning the Declaration of Independence upside down.

If Donald Trump was a dictator, then what do we call President Biden? In Biden's first nine months in office, he has already issued 64 executive orders – that's more than Trump, Obama, W. Bush, Clinton, Bush, and Reagan each issued in their entire first years in office.

You never hear the Left talk about the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, or the Bill of Rights any more, unless it's to "reimagine" the Constitution or slap a "harmful content" warning on our founding documents. Seriously. The National Archives said while its website label wasn't targeting the Constitution specifically, "some of the materials presented here may reflect outdated, biased, offensive, and possibly violent views and opinions." The Left finds basic, guaranteed rights so offensive they now spend all of their time on workarounds to deal with America's annoying founding documents.

Watch the full episode of "Glenn TV" below to see Glenn outline the aggressive unconstitutional abuses "King Biden" is jamming down our throats and teaches Americans how we can defend against presidential tyranny.

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