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Newsstand: December 7, 2012

No, thank YOU, Friday. The week just wouldn’t be the same without your lax attitude towards afternoon productivity. In the news: psychic psych-out, sharrows aren’t bike lanes, TDSB staff fail at basic math, GO prices going up, and a double breakthrough.

Breaking news: some people claiming to be psychic are actually not psychic and just interested in your valuables.

Continuing its coverage of parking tickets, the Star is taking issue with giving bike lane parking tickets to people that park illegally in lanes with sharrows. The chevrons and bikes painted on the road do not actually indicate a bike lane, but offer cyclists a suggestion for where they might position their sweet ride within the lane and give drivers a reminder that cyclists use roads too. Nearly half of the 9,949 tickets written for parking in a bike lane between the end of October 2011 and the end of July 2012 were issued to cars on streets without bike lanes.

Piling on recent news about the financial woes of the TDSB, an independently created report says that the TDSB’s deficit might actually be tens of millions of dollars more than staff estimate. The report suggests a number of ways to save some money, including—every parent’s favourite choice—closing schools. The miss-guessed deficit is messed up, but hell, the board apparently doesn’t even know how many full-time employees they have on their payroll.

Starting in February, GO is going up in price by as much as 55 cents per ticket. If you haven’t done so yet, this might be the time to get aboard the Presto payment system; people paying that way will be getting a better discount under a readjusted loyalty program.

The TTC has released a really boring video of a breakthrough in the Spadina subway expansion. On November 29, 2012, Yorkie and Torkie (get it? like York Region and Toronto) sauntered into an extraction shaft on Keele Street together. Apparently double boring machine breakthroughs are rare in North America, which leads us to ask: where are they common? Wherever it is, that place sounds absolutely terrifying.

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