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Newsstand: October 8, 2012

If you're still debating about when Thanksgiving dinner should be held—Sunday or Monday—we say just give in and eat that pumpkin pie for breakfast. Also, here's some news: one city councillor gets all caught up in the car-free spirit; the owner of the bus that crashed in Jersey has had multiple fatigue-related violations; Toronto gets a new theatre and arts hub; and protesters storm Marineland.

Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Ward 27, Toronto Centre-Rosedale) plans to introduce a motion at city council later this month that would see Toronto occasionally close kilometres of City streets to cars, giving pedestrians and cyclists free rein. During a trip last winter to Guadalajara, Mexico, during the 2011 Pan American Games, Wong-Tam witnessed the Via RecreActiva, a city initiative that involves closing more than 60 kilometres of roads to car traffic on Sunday mornings. Luckily, we have Canada’s favourite bike-loving mayor to back this plan. Wait, what? We aren’t in Vancouver? Oops. Did someone mention this to Wong-Tam?

The Toronto charter company that owns the bus that crashed off a New Jersey freeway over the weekend, injuring 23 people, has received five violations related to fatigued driving in less than two years. The New Jersey State Police are currently investigating the accident, and it could take weeks before more is known about the cause of the crash. Though the bus driver claims to have been cut off by another car, the track record for sleepy drivers doesn’t bode well for the outcome of this case, particularly when considering this happened at 7:40 a.m. after an overnight drive. Something to think about before pulling an all-night turkey bender, Thanksgiving DDs!

When it comes to theatres in Toronto, it seems you lose some, and you win some. (See how we switched that around to end in a positive? We’re glass-half-full people.) A historic Parkdale library building on Queen Street West is being transformed into the Theatre Centre, a theatre and arts hub. The not-for-profit arts company breaks ground on a year-long renovation of 1115 Queen West next Thursday, with Mayor Rob Ford, Tourism Minister Michael Chan and actor Don McKellar expected to attend.

Marineland visitors were treated to an unexpected spectacle yesterday as 150 protesters crashed the gates, yelling “shut it down.” Though unplanned, the gate-storming came about during a protest on the controversial attraction’s final day of the year. Not bad, but this season finale would have been a lot cooler if they had a foster child teach an orca with a collapsed dorsal fin to leap over the fence and swim away to freedom. Just sayin’.

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