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Newsstand: August 9, 2010

Illustration by Matt Daley/Torontoist.

Ripped from the headlines this Monday: the library and the subway, together at last; thievery at the vegetarian food bank (!!); and Obama shows off his spiffy jumpshot.

Which would you rather have on your person while waiting for the subway: a dusty Mars bar circa early financial meltdown, or a well-worn copy of Crime and Punishment? Both may one day be on offer at Union Station, and from very similar vending machines. The Toronto Public Library is considering the idea of installing an automated self-serve kiosk at the downtown station that will dispense books for borrowing. The machines have already been installed in Europe and the United States, and operate similarly to a snack vending machine: patrons view what is available through a glass panel and make a selection on a touch screen. The project is still in the brainstorming and pondering phase, though, so for the moment, you’ll have to take comfort in dusty snack foods and Mr. Sub.
It’s been a poor weekend in our fair city for crime. The Ontario Vegetarian Food Bank was broken into early Sunday morning. The thief attempted to make off with a charity box and managed to escape with most of the box’s contents—about $60 to $100. The real cost will come from replacing the door, which they estimate at around $750. Staff at the food bank succinctly pondered what all of us are wondering: “Who would want to break into a food bank?”
A woman was sexually assaulted around 10 p.m. on Saturday in South Etobicoke. The attack occurred on Royal York Road near Cavell Avenue, and it is believed that the woman’s attacker struck her with a blunt object, most likely a hammer. Women in the area are being warned by police to walk in groups and stay in well-lit areas. The suspect is described as a black man, about 5-foot-10, and weighing between 160 and 170 pounds.
And our beautiful Pearson Airport may not be the airtight bastion of security that we hold it to be. It was revealed yesterday that back on July 28, a woman who had been detained for suspected drug smuggling managed to escape an airport holding area and was later apprehended running along a nearby road in Peel. It wasn’t reported until yesterday for “security reasons.”
Though Barack Obama is, for all intents and purposes, a “pretty busy guy,” he somehow found the time this weekend to show a bunch of basketball superstars that el presidente is no slouch on the hardwood. Obama took to the court yesterday against a who’s-who of basketball greats, including Grant Hill, Derek Fisher, LeBron James, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Alonzo Mourning, and Bill Russell. The dream team was invited for a presidential pick-up game and a barbecue at Fort McNair in Washington along with a group of wounded veterans. In what can best be described as a slightly nauseating show of confidence and solidarity, shrimp harvested from the Gulf of Mexico was served.


  • http://undefined dowlingm

    Why would TPL put the first book booth in Union? Better to put it at Yonge/Bloor which people who live in 416 use. “By 2016, 330,000 passengers are projected to pass through the station daily” but 90% will be 905/705ers, unless the booth is located at Union TTC.
    The airport link above points to an article on the foodbank, not the Pearson escape article. Given the number of smuggling and theft rings discovered there over the years, its reputation for security that you think it has doesn’t seem to be deterring many people.

  • mark.

    It’s your party and you can do what you want but I like Torontoist’s Newsstand for being about Toronto. I can find out elsewhere what the president of the US is doing in Washington. And I noticed the August 6th Newsstand had a few stories only tangentially related to Toronto.
    Here’s a Toronto story you missed (and not about John Tory!): People are invited to come and learn about the streetcar barn and provide their input on the design. Tuesday from 4-8pm–ttc-invites-public-comment-on-new-facility

  • http://undefined Vincent Clement

    I wouldn’t be that quick to discount this experiment. According to the TPL website, those 905/705ers are eligible for a TPL library card if they work in the City of Toronto.

  • http://undefined Vincent Clement

    Shouldn’t we just let Darren decide what is best for us regarding anything TTC ;)

  • David Topping

    I like Torontoist’s Newsstand for being about Toronto
    Us too! Days where there are stories not about Toronto are the exception, and with good reason.

  • http://undefined rek

    What’s with the absolutely random Paid Distribution articles? (And shouldn’t they be Globe & Mail, for synergy?)

  • David Topping

    They’re a Gothamist-wide feature. Also, they’ve just started—as time goes on, they learn what content relates to what other content better, or something.