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Newsstand: January 24, 2013

Happy Friday's Eve, everyone. In the news: police won't be issuing records of random checks any time soon, Olivia Chow denounces downtown casinos, Mississauga says the province should pay for its first LRT line, and City communications get a little less Ford-y.

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Responding to calls from lawyers and activists that the practice of police stopping passersby at random to get their personal information and then possibly issuing them a record of that questioning is a violation of people’s fundamental rights, the police services board has voted to hold off implementing the second part of that process. Hey, one out of two ain’t bad, right? The board has decided to first consult with the City lawyer to find out if the practice is actually legal, which probably shouldn’t be that novel of an idea for something like this.

In other news, Olivia Chow did things yesterday. Several things, in fact, which only have one real common thread: Olivia Chow did them. So, let’s dive right in. First: she spoke out against having a casino downtown, using some of the most paternalistic rhetoric heard thus far in the casino debate. Second: she sort of smiled. And third: she spoke out against the federal government possibly selling off Downsview Park. One thing she didn’t do, however, was drop more hints as to whether she’ll be running for mayor in the near future. And with the verdict on Mayor Rob Ford’s appeal of the judge’s ruling that would boot him from office coming up tomorrow, one has to wonder how long it’ll be before she makes up her mind.

In what could be seen as either streetcar envy or a plea for fairness among municipalities, Mississauga mayor, Hazel McCallion, has told the province it should have to pay the entire cost of the City’s proposed LRT on Hurontario Street. According to McCallion, if the province pays for Toronto’s Eglinton Crosstown line, it should also take on the cost of a similar line in our neighbour to the west.

In case you haven’t been outside lately (you lucky bastard), let us say: it’s freaking cold in the city at the moment. And it’s that biting, vicious chill that will greet police investigators from sunny Florida when they come up here to gather facts around the deaths of two Toronto seniors who were living in a gated community in Hallandale Beach.

The City is changing the wording of its press releases to remove some language that sounds an awful lot like a Rob Ford campaign pamphlet. The language in question is found at the bottom of all City-issued releases, in a generic paragraph that describes Toronto. The change comes after a complaint from Councillor Josh Matlow (Ward 22, St. Paul’s), who must be the first person to have ever actually read the bottom paragraph of a press release.

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