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Newsstand: February 8, 2013

Grab your snow pants and hop on a toboggan because you don’t have to go to work today. What’s that? You do? Well, we sincerely hope you still get to go tobogganing in your line of work. In the news: snow, snow, snow; carbon paper is still a thing; carbon paper is still a thing; the Competition Bureau takes the wireless industry to task; and the public reaches out to TCHC.

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Well, it snowed a lot last night—not quite Lady Gaga a lot, but still a lot. So, if you plan on taking GO Transit this morning, check the schedule, because it has been adjusted for the weather. If you are a little kid, you should also check to see if you have school today, because maybe you don’t. If you are planning on taking the TTC, give yourself some extra time to do so, because it is the TTC. If you are an out-of-work singer from the ’90s, welcome back, we haven’t really missed you.

Do you remember carbon paper? It remembers you. Or, at least something that is kind of similar-looking to you, but with a few gaps and smudges. The stuff is still made in Toronto and while carbon paper manufacturing isn’t the thriving industry it once was, there is one demographic keeping distributors such as North York’s Form-Mate in business: American prisoners.

A new document has been released by the Competition Bureau that marks out a few of the wireless industry’s practices that need to change for the cell phone market to be more of a place that consumers have some power (or at least feel like they do). The CRTC is currently in the process of reviewing how the industry functions. Sure, no more locked devices, no contracts longer than two years, and no cancellation fees would be nice and put us more in line with Europe and the U.S., but how are any of those things going to help us get three stars on all levels of Angry Birds Star Wars?

Gene Jones, the head of the Toronto Community Housing Corporation, has been receiving calls about poorly done repairs and other problems with staff and outside contractors at TCHC properties. Since we told you yesterday, about 50 people have called or emailed the corporation with information. Jones is still hoping to hear from anyone else that might have something to add. If you do, give him a call at 416-981-4050 or send him an email: eugene.jonesjr@torontohousing.ca. Just make sure it isn’t NSFW.

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