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Newsstand: February 24, 2012

Somehow it's the weekend again. How decadent. In the news: The Ford brothers will be untwisting the media's messages during a two-hour radio hosting stint; Toronto Community Housing Corporation does (more) shady business; cat scarfs sell like hotcakes at pop-up Target store; and an innovative lab is to be built at University and College.


The Ford brothers will be hosting Newstalk 1010′s radio program The City for two full hours this Sunday. The two have stressed that this will be an opportunity to tell it “like it is” without the media “twisting” it…my hands are tied. But tune in if you like train wrecks! That was inappropriate, I’m sorry.

A year after a shocking report led to the firing of the entire Toronto Community Housing Corporation’s board, three new audits have been released by the auditor-general, demonstrating shady accounting practices at the TCHC. Well, that’s just embarrassing.

It’s unsurprising that yesterday’s pop-up Target store—a promotional gimmick to preview the U.S. chain hitting Canadian soil next year—was flooded with shoppers, selling out all 2,500 items in five hours. It’s surprising—and let’s be honest, vaguely troubling—that a $10 cat scarf was the very first item to sell out. But wait, is that a scarf for your cat, or is it a scarf with a picture of a cat/cats on it? Y’know what, forget it. I don’t even care. You can keep your cat scarf.

At a schmancy event last night (Dalton McGuinty was there), the family of Dr. John Evans, who co-founded the MaRS science complex at College Street and University Avenue, announced they will be donating $10 million to the building of a new experimental lab, which they hope will draw “the next generation of scientists, business leaders and innovators.” Sweet.

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