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Newsstand: November 21, 2012

What are you talking about, Wednesday? Nobody ever calls you "hump day" behind your back. In the news: winter is coming, another plastic-bag suit, TTC fare increases all set for approval, TDSB’s fundraising yard sale, and Calgarians on horses.

It looks as though Toronto’s shelves must be stocked with mulling spices, roasting chestnuts, waffle-knit underwear, and brandy-toting St. Bernards, because apparently we are ready for winter. That also seems to mean, according to councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong (Ward 34, Don Valley East), that the city stands to save around $13 million to $14 million if we have a “normal winter.” Still, the question remains: is winter ready for us?

Another lawsuit has been mounted against the City’s upcoming plastic-bag ban. The Canadian Plastic Bag Association, or CanPlaBagAss for short, filed papers (not plastics?) yesterday with the Ontario Superior Court, claiming that the ban was “passed in bad faith.” That position seems to rest mostly on the quick change of events and apparent lack of background work that saw a motion to strike down the five-cent plastic bag fee turn into an outright ban.

In other exciting nickel news, the TTC is expected to approve a five-cent increase in token and ticket prices today. (Don’t worry, Bluenose, that beaver sitting on a rock can’t have much time left in his 15 minutes of fame.) At the beginning of 2013, tokens will go up to $2.65 each, while a single student or senior ticket will cost $1.80. Monthly Metropasses are going up by $2.50 and weekly passes by $1, as well. Raising the price for the people that use the TTC the most is how you know that customers come first.   

Premier Dalton McGuinty has publicly weighed in on the possible sale of land from 127 Toronto District School Board schoolyards. For his part, McGuinty thinks that the school board is being responsible in the face of a difficult discussion. Hopefully there are no problems with the sale of the lands, but, if there are, the school board can commission an expensive report to tell them that it was no one’s fault and there was very little anyone could have done about it.

Oh, and a big friendly Toronto welcome to our friends from Calgary, where riding horses in hotel lobbies is a totally acceptable thing to do. Sorry, Calgary, you’re going to lose, but enjoy your visit.

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