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Newsstand: January 3, 2013

You know, it's already the third of the month, and what does the word "resolution" really even mean, anyway? In the news: Toronto continues circling around a shark fin ban, the province gets set to impose a new contract on teachers, and the case is all but closed in the city's first homicide of 2013.

The fight over whether local businesses should be allowed to sell shark fins isn’t over. The City’s legal department has submitted a notice of appeal, after a Superior Court judge ruled Toronto’s ban on the fins didn’t have a benefit for the city. Apparently proudly not supporting an abhorrent fishing practice doesn’t count as a benefit, no matter which way you slice it. Or maybe it does. We’ll have to wait until the grounds for appeal are filed, then try to read them, then get frustrated with the legalese, then fall asleep, then look for an explanation somewhere online, to find out.

You might have been eyeing the provincial government’s Bill 115 from afar, a little worried about the possibilities of the province forcing contracts onto public school teachers, but ultimately confident it wouldn’t be used. Well look out, because that thing’s operational. And later this morning, the minister of education is expected to demonstrate the full power of this legislation when she sets her course for Queen’s Park. But from the look of things, the bill isn’t likely to deal a deathblow to teachers’ work-to-rule job actions, meaning those extracurricular activities students seem to like so much probably won’t be coming back any time soon. As usual, the only winners in all this are the teenaged underachievers, who now have one more reason to be cynical about the world.

It sure didn’t take long for Toronto to have its first homicide of 2013, with a man dying of stab wounds just a few hours into New Year’s Day. At least it looks like that first homicide will be a fairly easy one to prosecute, as a man has turned himself in in connection with the killing. Meanwhile, the parents of a boy killed in a hit-and-run on Tuesday are pleading for the driver of the silver SUV that struck their car to come forward and at least show a scrap of humanity.

While Toronto’s Idle No More actions have been mostly sporadic and brief, nearly 300 kilometres outside the GTA, in the city of Sarnia, a judge has ordered the end of a thirteen-day railroad blockade by local First Nations, which was put on as part of the movement. And while it was pretty obvious something like that wasn’t going to last too long, it doesn’t seem to be slowing down the movement very much.

It’s official: the World Junior Hockey Championship has ended. Yep, nothing more to see there, give or take a bronze medal game.

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