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Newsstand: February 12, 2013

Think any more of that snow will melt today? In the news: Toronto's Board of Health meets; Wynne is sworn in; the Cabbagetown coyote is killed; and a Leaf avoids suspension.


Toronto’s Board of Health met yesterday and affirmed their opposition to building a casino in Toronto. A report by Dr. David McKeown, released last week and discussed at the meeting, said that a casino would bring more negative effects to the city than positive ones. “Our job as the Board of Health is to look out for the health of Torontonians,” said councillor Gord Perks (Ward 14, Parkdale-High Park) after the meeting. The Board also called for stronger warning labels on caffeinated energy drinks that say not to consume them before or after exercising and warn of increased risk of injury with their use.

New Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne was sworn in yesterday and introduced her rookie cabinet. Wynne selected Toronto Centre MPP—and former leadership candidate—Glen Murray to head transportation and infrastructure. Another leadership rival, Charles Sousa (Mississauga South), was made Minister of Finance to replace the retiring Dwight Duncan.

A coyote spotted in Cabbagetown over the weekend was killed by police on Monday night. Police issued a pubic safety alert after the large coyote was seen wandering the neighbourhood on Sunday night. Coyotes have also been seen in the Beaches and High Park. This is a very good reminder to keep your cats inside and watch your dogs closely when they’re out. Also, coyotes rarely attack kids but police are telling area residents make sure small children are always supervised.

Toronto Maple Leaf Mikhail Grabovski will not be punished by the NHL after allegations that he bit Montreal Canadiens player Max Pacioretty on the arm during a fight in Saturday night’s away game. The league said there’s no conclusive evidence that Grabovski bit Pacioretty while the Habs player had his arm around the Leaf’s face during an in-game scrum. Pacioretty maintains that he was chomped on, while Grabovski hasn’t spoken to reporters to confirm or deny. But the Canadiens forward isn’t taking any chances—he got a precautionary tetanus shot.


  • Tedhealey

    Pacioretty then went on to bite a towel boy, a ref and lunged at Brad Pitt, in an attempt to promote the upcoming movie World War Z.

  • tyrannosaurus_rek

    Neither the linked Star article or the background file it links to actually say what the dangers of caffeinated mixed drinks allegedly are, or what study/studies the claim is based on. Which is somewhat ironic when it’s a call for “evidence-based” this and “education” of that.

    • dsmithhfx

      They can kill you. Danger enough?

      • tyrannosaurus_rek

        That sounds scientific to me.

        • dsmithhfx

          Why not perform an experiment on yourself? Be sure and let us know how many…

    • torontothegreat

      Yea that is a serious fail. It all amounts to how much caffeine content is in the drink. An average cup of coffee contains about 75-100mg, whereas some of these “energy” drinks can contain upwards of 500mg per serving. Some drinks, can contain 350mg per ounce. Mix that with alcohol and it can be pretty dangers. Remember how Elvis died?

  • OgtheDim

    I don’t get what it is about the media and coyotes downtown and in the Beach. They are in High Park, and up and down the Don and Humber river systems and go across the various hydro corridors. A sighting is almost a weekly event in our area.

    And then, realistically, how many cats are eaten by hawks in this city? We don’t get all media worried about them.

    • torontothegreat

      How is awareness of information “media worried”?

      • OgtheDIm

        Oh please. The media doesn’t just provide information. They are seeking involvement – otherwise you won’t keep coming back.

        “Media worried” is being alarmed cause the media says you should be. Its not like they are suggesting we get all happy and frolic with the coyotes. They are WARNING us. BEWARE!!!!! There be MONSTERS out there.

        Which is just silly cause said animals are here already and not a big gigantic worry for most of the city. But when something happens in the area running basically from about Bathurst to the Beach, and south of St. Clair, its suddenly news. There seems to be this gigantic disconnect cause they are among the…well…….among people within an easy 20 minute drive to get a story from.

        • torontothegreat

          What the f are you rambling on about?

          If my dog goes outside in my backyard to take a shit, it’s nice to know a wild animal that may or may not harm her is in my neighbourhood.

          You’ve obviously never been around many wild animals before or lived in communities with any either.

    • HotDang

      People should accept that outside cats are part of an ecosystem. It’s not as if the cat isn’t doing a lot of killing of its own.

  • torontothegreat

    As an aside, I did come across this awesomeness