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Newsstand: November 29, 2012

The first rule of Thursday is: you do not make outdated movie references. In the news today: Rob Ford looks to remain in office, elementary school teachers look to take it to the streets, researchers look at a ton of plastic waste in the Great Lakes, and the Danzig Street community looks at a cash donation.

We know all you kids were out celebrating the premature end of Rob Ford’s tenure as mayor, but if this doesn’t cut through the hangover haze, nothing will. Ford’s lawyer has filed papers to request a stay while he appeals the conflict-of-interest ruling that led to him being turfed from office. If granted, Ford could be Toronto’s mayor a whole lot longer than you thought a few days ago. The possibility of the mayor staying in power hasn’t stopped a shift away from his political camp on the part of certain right-wing councillors. Or, as the Sun‘s Sue-Anne Levy calls them, “political chameleons” who care only about themselves.

While we might not be seeing much of Rob Ford in the future, it turns out we didn’t actually see much of him in the recent past, either. The Star has obtained documents that suggest Toronto’s possibly ex-mayor wasn’t around much after 1:30 p.m. most weekdays for the past few months. Could be because he was ducking out to go coach his high school football team, or maybe he just had a lot of dentist appointments.

We might be shipping off our elephants, but the mayor of Edmonton doesn’t appreciate Toronto councillors recommending our western friends get rid of theirs as well. Although to be fair, it’s not like a recommendation from Toronto would actually force Edmonton officials to do anything.

Kind of ironic that the same day council votes to declaw Toronto’s plastic bag ban, a group of researchers go public with preliminary findings that the Great Lakes are loaded up with plastic pollution. Apparently, industry officials are already working to educate the Lakes’ marine animals on the jobs that will be lost if plastic bags are banned. No sign of their lawyers yet.

Christmas vacation could be coming early for youngsters across the province if elementary teachers’ union locals go ahead with threats to go on strike next month. The union says the provincial education minister forced its hand in the matter, while the government will almost certainly blame the union for being unreasonable. But the real victims here are parents who, without a selection of construction paper garlands and glittery pasta noodle picture frames to count on, will have to work extra hard on their home decorations this holiday season.

And finally, some non-police-related good news for residents of the Danzig Street community: a private businessman has come forward and donated $150,000 over three years to improve education and resources for young people in the community.

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