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Newsstand: March 6, 2012

Tuesday, Tuesday, so good to us. And you come along complete with news and all: city council rejigs the TTC board, leaves Karen Stintz in the Chair's chair; Giorgio Mammoliti has an idea; Steve of Steve's Music passes away; the future of propane tank recycling in Ontario; and racism at the Toronto Jail.

Move over TTC board, there’s a new TTC board in town. After a pretty long meeting, city council voted to do a few things: increase the size of the TTC board, add some citizen members, and replace the five councillors who voted to fire former TTC Chief General Manager Gary Webster. Karen Stintz was reelected to the chair position and the citizen members will be appointed later.

Oh, hey, what’s this? Looks like a ridiculous proposal from Rob Ford ally Giorgio Mammoliti (Ward 7, York West), just as the mayor is being totally embarrassed and defied on the TTC board issue. Mammo is planning to put forth a proposal at the next executive committee meeting that would cut the number of city councillors in half. He thinks this is a swell idea, of course, because it would be “good for the suburbs.” How, you ask? Well, don’t. For a minute, let’s just not even ask about the things that come out of Mammoliti’s mouth and see if maybe that stops them from happening.

Steve Kirman of Steve’s Music passed away over the weekend. And though Kirman was a Montrealler, the man behind the iconic music stores will surely be missed just as much by musicians in the big smoke.

Dispatches from the ever-exciting world of recycling: the company that processes recycled propane tanks is threatening to pull out of the program, unless the fixed rates are increased by Stewardship Ontario, the private not-for-profit that runs many of Ontario’s recycling programs. This is bad news for people who want to eventually get around to recycling their propane tanks, especially because the other processor for the tanks, Hotz Environmental, already pulled out of the program for similar reasons.

And a corrections officer working at the Toronto Jail wants the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal to look into some racist graffiti and mail that’s cropped up at the prison. The guard says the discriminatory graffiti is showing up in staff-only areas of the prison, and he’s had a heck of a time getting the matter investigated. Apparently, the union that represents the prison guards conducted an internal investigation, but it’s tough for a union to investigate allegations against its members by its members.

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