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Newsstand: February 20, 2013

Is it still cold outside? Yeah, we thought so. In the news: No provincial election, yet; a new way to stop shark-fin sales; kids are desensitized to violence; condo evacuees stay evacuees; and more power infrastructure needed downtown.

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The provincial government won’t fall from yesterday’s throne speech, meaning that you won’t need to try and stick an election sign into your frozen lawn (if you have a lawn) quite yet. The speech, promising a stronger economy and new jobs, passed with the support of the NDP. But, depending on who you ask, the chances that there will be a spring election are apparently mounting. Is this sort of thing at all tied to whether or not a groundhog “saw” its shadow or not? If you want to know what this might mean for Toronto, we’ve got you covered.

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, members of Toronto City Council are restrategizing the ban on the sale and possession of shark fins that a Superior Court Justice struck down in the fall. Councillors Kristyn Wong-Tam (Ward 27, Toronto Centre-Rosedale) and Glenn De Baeremaeker (Ward 38, Scarborough Centre) have co-signed a letter to other councillors asking that rather than pursue a legal challenge to the court’s decision, the city pass a new bylaw. The proposed law would still make it illegal to serve the animal triangles, but would take a slimmer scope.

Discussing Toronto’s third shooting death of a teenage boy in less than a month, Police Chief Bill Blair stated in an interview that he feels “young people have been desensitized to extreme violence.” Blair additionally does not feel that these recent deaths from gun violence necessarily indicate any sort of trend.

It could be at last another eight weeks before the residents of 914 Yonge Street in Yorkville can return to their homes after a fire three weeks ago forced them to evacuate. As of Monday of this week, most residents (excluding those with lower incomes) stopped receiving the TTC tokens, hotel accommodations, and daily food voucher that Emergency Human Services is able to provide. Now, the evacuees must rely on what their insurance and the good will of others can provide while the property management company waits four to six weeks for delivery of generator replacement parts.

On another note, Toronto Hydro needs $272 million to keep up with current and future needs of the downtown core.

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