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Newsstand: November 19, 2012

Oh, Monday, you're a cruel mistress. In the news: the crowd for the annual Santa Claus parade was one million strong; York elementary teachers begin work-to-rule action; GO Transit can't handle the new $20 bills; the Argos will play for the 100th Grey Cup; and Rob Ford returns to court.


Toronto’s holiday season has officially begun—Sunday marked the city’s annual Santa Claus Parade, billed as a mix of old and new traditions. An estimated one million people came out to welcome St. Nick and enjoy the sunny autumn weather. Some parade-goers were miffed, however, when they found that the centre median along University Avenue south of Queen’s Park was cordoned off for parade VIPs; parade president Peter Beresford told the Toronto Star that the primo spot is held as a thank you for the corporate sponsors who pay for the parade. If you missed the festivities, or just didn’t want to brave the crowds, we’ll have some shots later today.

In less festive news, almost 5,000 York Region elementary teachers are set to begin work action today, the latest development in ongoing labour issues between the province and its public school boards. The action involves a series of “escalating withdrawals” of administrative services, said York Region Teacher Local president David Clegg—starting today, teachers will arrive at schools no earlier than 30 minutes before class and leave no later than 30 minutes after the final bell rings for the day. Unions have until December 31 to make new agreements with school boards.

Canada’s new $20 bill entered circulation less than two weeks ago, and it’s already causing problems for Toronto-area businesses and residents. GO Transit advised customers that the bills don’t work in its 25 automatic ticket machines, and might not until February. (The TTC’s machines were updated before the bills were released and should be good to go.) Laundromats have also had problems, especially because the new bills and coins are rolling out in stages, requiring new updates each time. The last two denominations of the new currency, the five-dollar and ten-dollar bills, should be in Canadian wallets by the end of 2013.

After winning the CFL East Division final yesterday by beating the Montreal Alouettes 27–20, the Toronto Argonauts will play the Calgary Stampeders for the 100th Grey Cup. The championship game happens here in the Argos’ home city at the Rogers Centre on Sunday, November 25.

And that, perhaps, is comforting to Toronto’s most enthusiastic football fan, Rob Ford. Closing arguments are set to begin today in the $6 million libel suit he is currently fighting in court.

CORRECTION: November 19, 2012, 10:00 AM A previous version of this post stated that the new five-dollar and ten-dollar bills would be in circulation by the end of this year. They will in fact be available by the end of 2013. We’ve corrected the error above.

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