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Newsstand: February 18, 2013

Happy Family Day! In the news: The TTC is being hit by fraud again; passengers have a rough go at Pearson; and two Toronto cops save a newborn's life.

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The Toronto Transit Commission lost out on $2 million last year because of fake Metropasses and tokens, as ways around new security features are developed. In 2006, the TTC changed its tokens to a design that uses two metals, and in 2009, holograms on Metropasses were introduced. These measures stopped counterfeiters for a while, but according to info the Toronto Star received through a freedom of information request, fakes are taking a bite out of the commission’s revenues once again.

Dozens of passengers on two Air Canada flights had a pretty frustrating Saturday as their planes were kept on the tarmac at Pearson International Airport for hours. Flight 1256 was rerouted back to the gate after de-icing due to an unruly passenger, and finally departed the airport seven hours after its scheduled takeoff, and flight 1844 to Cozumel was delayed for more than eight hours. A separate Lufthansa flight was evacuated because smoke was coming out of it during de-icing, then further delayed because of snow. And snow overnight delayed yet more flights on Sunday. It’s been a bad couple of months for passengers trying to get out of Pearson, huh?

In what was probably the weekend’s most bizarre news story, a baby girl born on a Toronto sidewalk on Sunday morning and declared dead is, in fact, alive and recovering in the hospital. A 20-year-old woman gave birth just after 6:15 a.m. yesterday near Yorkgate Mall while walking to the hospital, and the newborn was declared dead at Humber River Hospital. Amazingly, two officers guarding the baby while awaiting the coroner noticed movement under the sheet and found a pulse. The baby is now in stable condition and the mother is also doing well.

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