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Newsstand: December 28, 2012

Today is one of those days, the kind that no one cares about because they aren’t statutory holidays. In the news: money to help people, more money to help people, the internet reunites a family with its dog, Rob Ford libel lawsuit dismissed, and baby penguins.

The Hardship Fund, a $1 million line on the City budget, is back on next year’s draft of the document. The fund helps people with low incomes who still don’t qualify for social assistance pay for prescription drugs, dentures, funerals, eye glasses, mobility aids, and a series of other necessary items that they might not otherwise be able to afford. Last year, when it was axed, the resulting uproar was enough to have it saved for the first half of the year. In October of this year, council voted to bring it back—hopefully the councillors that voted to kill it last year aren’t such jerks again this year.

Provincially, our government has set aside $42 million for the Community Start Up and Maintenance Benefit (CSUMB), because the current pot of money for that program runs out in four days on January 1, 2013. CSUMB provides financial assistance to people at a high risk of becoming homeless and many people were worried that it wouldn’t be renewed.

Don’t worry, not all good deeds feel like an afterthought. Just prior to the massive snow storm earlier this week, a couple found an old dog, Yebo, on the loose in the area of Lawrence Avenue and Mt. Pleasant Road. Tammy Huot and Guido Lenarduzzi, the people that found Yebo, posted details about her online (after going door-to-door looking for the owner, taking her to the vet, and giving her a bath) and Yebo’s family saw it. See, there are good people out there.

In case you missed it yesterday, the $6 million libel lawsuit against Rob Ford has been thrown out by a judge. Looks as though Ford’s statements about “corruption and skullduggery” aren’t too libelicious for ya babe.

Lastly, five baby penguins have hatched at the Toronto Zoo over the past three weeks and there might be two more coming in mid-January. There isn’t much to say here in the way of hard-hitting news, but baby animals (especially penguins) are cute and so this is worth mentioning.

CLARIFICATION: December 28, 2012, 10:15 AM The dek of this article originally said that Rob Ford’s libel lawsuit had been dropped, when we should have said dismissed. This phrasing has now been updated.

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