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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.


  • Steve D

    Regarding the singing of the National Enthem in school, I believe its a must not just in Catholic Schools it gie a since of pride and belonging to something grater than yourself.

    • vampchick21

      The person protesting is not protesting the singing but the fact that there is no musical accompaniment. Apparently that’s discrimination. *Picard Face Palm*

    • Anonymous

      Are you planning to attend school?

  • Anonymous

    The guy who runs Uber is an objectivist dolt who doesn’t believe in government regulation, and Uber has already been smacked for the same infraction in other cities, so I’m not surprised that he’s trying the same nonsense here.

    • lxpatterson

      Actually this is really a boon for the lawyers. The situation illustrates how outdated the municipal regulations are relative to current technology, and it’s probably going to be a big lawyer duel involving minutiae like what if Uber did not charge cab drivers a fee, or if billings were processed through a third party and the exact relationship between subscribers and Uber. I see this as a Napster moment. The industry is one activist judge or one precedent-setting ruling away from complete upheaval and free-for-all. The fault is in the lawmakers not Uber.

  • Esra

    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.

    Happy holidays, from the Torontoist!

  • Anonymous

    The national anthem only has a tune. The legislation contains no harmonies or accompanying music. Only the tune should ever be sung – nothing else!