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Newsstand: May 3, 2012

Thursday doesn't care if Nutella doesn't count as a part of a healthful breakfast anymore, it's still gonna eat it all the time, so there. In the hazlenutty news: the mayor charges at a reporter in a park and then calls the cops on him, food trucks in parking lots, a new Whole Foods planned, closing the Allen Expressway, pushing through the anti-bullying legislation, and one about Occupy.

It all started with this fairly benign story: Mayor Rob Ford and his wife want to buy a small tract of publicly-owned land behind their house in order to build a better fence and, as Ford wrote in his request to buy the land, “enhance the safety of our children.” Alright. But when Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale went to the small tract of land to check it out, things got weird. According to Dale, the mayor confronted him and charged with fists cocked. Dale says he was so fearful for his safety that he dropped his cell phone and tape recorder and fled. Then the mayor called 9-1-1, as he is wont to do, and claimed Dale had been leering over his back fence, taking photographs. So that’s where we’re at, guys.

Adam Vaughan (Ward 20, Trinity-Spadina) has a solution for the city’s food truck woes: let trucks rent space from commercial parking lots. Vaughan envisions the trucks set up on the edges of the lots, facing out onto the sidewalks. He’ll put forth a motion to end the current restrictions against vending from a parking lot at city council next week. Adam Vaughan, tacos salute you.

Speaking of the food sitch, Whole Foods is planning a new location for Bayview and Eglinton. Quinoa and kale with goat cheese and a dash of lemon salutes that.

Metrolinx will decide in the next few weeks if they hate everyone and everything and want to make it suffer will close the northbound Allen Expressway to accommodate construction of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT. The closure could last up to a year.

Dalton McGuinty and his Liberals plan to take extreme measures in order to get the “anti-bullying” legislation Bill 13 passed before the summer break. Now, bear in mind that provincial legislative bodies have a different definition of “extreme measures” than, say, the guys who invent Red Bull sports. But, still. McGuinty is using a standing order that caps debate for each party at 40 minutes, then sends the bill right off to committee. This will, he hopes, prevent the Progressive Conservatives from delaying the bill, as they have been doing so far. The bill, if passed, will increase punishment for bullies and pave the way for any kids to set up GSAs at any school, even Catholic school.

Two priests and a minister try to set up a tent—stop us if you’ve heard this one. No? Okay, so what happened was two priests and a minister tried to set up a “chapel tent” in Simcoe Park, where the Occupy protests have flared up again. But instead the three were issued tickets. Ba-dum cha!

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