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Newsstand: December 6, 2012

Who knows what evil lurks in the heart of Thursday? Here's the news: a parent complains about an a cappella O Canada, the TDSB looks at how it might be able to solve its financial problems, and more supernatural con artists bilk people out of their money.

Compared to the usual human rights issues Ontario’s Catholic school boards have to deal with, this one must seem almost like a blessing. A local parent is filing a human rights complaint over the Toronto board’s decision not to provide students with musical accompaniment to the morning singing of the national anthem. A quick glance at the Human Rights Code tells us this probably isn’t complainin’ material, but good luck to him. Oh, and props to the Globe for trolling us with a lead statement in its article that can be so easily disproved.

In what will surely come as a surprise to no one ever, TDSB trustees have taken a noncommittal stance on an issue. The issue in question is the possibility of the Ministry of Education sending in a team to help the school board sort out its problems. According to the Star, the province’s recommended measures include closing schools and contracting out janitorial positions. Rather than voting for or against the offer, trustees chose to talk about it some more.

Speaking of the TDSB, remember when the Star revealed the high cost of a pencil sharpener installation and other small maintenance jobs at Toronto schools a while ago? Well, they’re back with more, and these ones aren’t pretty either. And the school board’s response to all this? For that, we’ll have to wait until January, when a prepared statement becomes available.

In other news, there’s a new enzyme that makes bacteria resistant to antibiotics and will likely mark the end of this sad experiment that is human existence. That is all.

A smartphone-based taxi dispatch service could face fines and be prevented from operating in Toronto, all because the City claims it violates licensing bylaws. Apparently the people at Uber didn’t bother applying for a taxi brokerage license, despite being told they needed one to operate.

If you thought not reading Latino newspapers would protect you from being taken for a ride by a supernatural fraudster, think again. Police are looking for three women claiming to be psychics who have been tricking Cantonese-speaking people in the University and Dundas area into giving them money and jewellery. It’s shocking that this sort of thing has happened twice in the last decade, never mind the last couple of weeks. Now if you’ll excuse us, a deposed Nigerian prince is about to make us very rich, if we could only find our credit cards.

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