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Newsstand: November 8, 2012

Ever have one of those dreams where you think it's Tuesday, but then it's actually Wednesday? Well it's Thursday now, and you need to start setting an alarm. In the news: the Catholic school board sort of offers to pay for the TTC's buses, the City freezes garbage collection rates, and basketball woes.

Workers from Etobicoke’s Mr. Christie bakery want the City to help prevent the bakery from being sold and redeveloped into a massive condo village. Unfortunately, those employees are forgetting that the city is getting bigger, and the Torontonians of the future will need living spaces from which to not go to jobs that no longer exist.

In what is hopefully the last we hear of the whole Rob-Ford-football-team-TTC-bus affair, the Toronto Catholic District School Board has said it would consider paying back the TTC for taking two buses out of commission last week to pick up the high school football team coached by the mayor. Meanwhile, TTC chair Karen Stintz (Ward 16, Eglinton-Lawrence) is considering telling police the break down of the costs of using those buses for emergencies. We’re going to step in here and say there’s nothing wrong with using buses to help people in emergencies. Just, maybe a bunch of soggy football players doesn’t count as an emergency.

You can say what you want about privatized garbage collection, although it seems most people now having their trash picked up by private companies are choosing not to say anything. The number of complaints in the area between the Humber River and Yonge Street has gone down by about 90 per cent. The budget committee has also frozen the garbage rates for next year, which has Councillor Gord Perks (Ward 14, Parkdale-High Park) up in arms because that means the City won’t be able to expand the green bin program. The price of water will be rising, though, by about $70 next year.

There are two scenarios in which we won’t comment on the stories that come up in the Newsstand. One is when a matter is of sufficient legal complexity or social relevance that a lighthearted jab could create dire and long-term consequences for an individual or community. The other is when it’s about a woman filing a complaint against her neighbour for practising basketball too loudly. Guess which one this is.


  • lmds

    Oh no! If they replace the cookie factory with more condos, there will be nothing to balance the smell of the sewage treatment plant! That neighborhood needs cookies!

  • Anonymous

    So what you’re saying is the moron cops and moron coaches weren’t able to separate the groups and make them wait for their team buses away from each other.

    Every player and coach and cop who was there should cough up 20 bucks to pay for the buses and reimburse every person who was kicked off a bus.

  • Kate

    RE: woman filing a complaint against her neighbour for practicing basketball too loudly – just read the story and her past landlord’s complaints that she is a “nightmare” tenant… doesn’t seem like she can be happy in any “living arrangement” (construction, children’s birthday parties and basketball practice are common things in EVERY neighbourhood), so maybe for her own good and the good of present and future neighbors she should move to a more isolated, sunny area.

    • Winkee

      To be fair though, it’s not like their driveway is the only place in Peterborough to play basketball. They built a beautiful new YMCA a few years back, Trent just built an incredible gym and athletics complex that is open to the public and just built two world class basketball courts at Simcoe and Bethune (beside the transit bus terminal). Many options besides putting a sheet of plywood over your neighbour’s window and pretending like it isn’t disruptive.

      • Winkee

        I didn’t see in the piece where it said they live on Gilmour St. as well, a massive 900 metres away from the brand new basketball courts. You’re telling me this kid who is a serious ball player can’t walk the 3 minutes to a real (and as I said before world class) court?

        • OgtheDimd

          So what you are saying is a kid can’t play BBall in their own driveway if one is within 900 metres? Come on! The lady expects perfection and obviously has no clue about being a neighbour.

          • Winkee

            If it is disrupting the neighbours, there is an easy alternative and he fancies himself a serious player, why would he not want to play on the best court? Who has no clue about being a neighbour? Their solution was to build a plywood wall and push it in front of her window, how is that reasonable?

          • Anonymous

            Why is she the only one expected to “be a neighbour” here?

  • David

    I have every sympathy for the lady. My sister’s family had neighbours with two teen-age boys who shot hoops in their driveway. Unfortunately the basket was beside my sister’s back yard, making it impossible for them to enjoy their yard what with the noise and the occasional ball sailing over the fence and dropping into the yard. My brother-in-law took to keeping the balls and periodically giving them to Sun Youth (a Montreal charity).