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Weekend Newsstand: November 10, 2012

Throw those blueberries in the batter and melt us up some butter, it's weekend time. A little news with your pancakes: last hurrah for the Jarvis bike lanes this weekend, Postal Station K sold to private developer, off-leash dogs might be coming to a park near you, police suggest some cuts, Olivia Chow suggests some witness protection, and something smells.

Get all your kicks on the Jarvis bike lanes this weekend, because come Monday morning removal begins. Depending on the weather, the plan is to have the bike lanes completely removed by December. Jarvis will revert to its previous mode, with an alternating centre lane, and everything will go back to how it was before as if nothing ever happened and nothing will again. (Except for that estimated $386,000 that the City has spent installing and then removing the lanes.)

From the people who brought us the Bolton Industrial Park and the Pickering City Centre retirement residences, comes probably a condo where Postal Station K now stands. Developers the Rockport Group bought the property at Yonge and Eglinton from Canada Post, and they have no obligation to preserve the building. The spot where the post office building now stands was once a tavern where William Lyon Mackenzie drank and planned the Upper Canada Rebellion. A part of our heritage.

The battle for park space is heating up, and in one corner a park-user who literally shits all over it. The City’s Parks and Environment Committee has been asked to prepare a report on leash-free hours for dogs in city parks based on models used in other places like New York City. The model allows dogs to go off-leash in any park (provided the community approves it) in the early morning and the evenings. Critics like Mayor Rob Ford are against the plan for fear that off-leash dogs are too unpredictable.

Though he really, really doesn’t want to, Police Chief Bill Blair has offered up a list of potential cuts to keep the police budget at the zero per cent increase the City requires for 2013. Among the cuts, less new recruits, 137 laid off uniform officers and 52 civilian members, with potential impacts to the horse and canine units.

Trinity-Spadina MP Olivia Chow is proposing a better witness protection program could help solve more crime. Chow believes the federal government should play a greater role in solving major crimes, because they often involve elements like drug trafficking and organized criminals.

And the city smelled a bit gross yesterday and no one knows why. All the Ontario Ministry of Environment could say was there was no single source, which is sort of unsettling, no?

CORRECTION: November 11, 2012, 12:47 PM The paragraph about Postal Station K originally stated that the building used to be a tavern frequented by William Lyon Mackenzie. It has been corrected to specify that it was the same spot, but not the same building.

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