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Newsstand: April 17, 2013

The Leafs might not be in the playoffs yet, but at least the leaves look like are going to have a great season. In the news: Bixi’s going flat, a hotel by any other name, taxi companies promise to be jerks of a lesser degree, and an American protester in Toronto.

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The city of Toronto and our bike-sharing service provider, Bixi, are exploring some restructuring possibilities. Bixi Toronto owed the city $3.9 million as of the end of last year and according to Denzil Minnan-Wong (Ward 34 Don Valley East), the chair of the Public Works committee, it is currently looking to off-load the Toronto franchise and others. Apparently something is not working.

Canada’s largest hotel, the Delta Chelsea, will be getting a new name as of July 1, 2013. The hotel on Gerrard Street West between Bay Street and Yonge Street will soon be known as the Eaton Chelsea—the first Eaton hotel in Canada.

Four of the city’s largest taxi companies have agreed to stop the illegal practice of charging people that use wheelchairs extra fees for their rides in cabs. This action is part of the outcome of a four-year-old complaint to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario by Torontonian Alessia Di Virgilio. As part of the settlement, the companies named in the complaint will ask city hall to update the tariff and bill of rights posted in cabs to better reflect this fact. Additionally, a person making a complaint will be able to find out the outcome of their complaints.

An American man has made a voluntary return to our fair city to hand himself into the police on 26 charges flowing from the 2010 G20 in Toronto. Joel Bitar of New York is accused of causing $400,000 worth of damages during the summit. What a busy boy he must have been.

CORRECTION: April 17, 2013, 4:30 PM This post originally stated that the Delta Chelsea is on Gerrard Street East, it has been corrected to Gerrard Street West.

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  • http://twitter.com/geoffdes78 Geoff DeSouza

    I assume the name change means that Delta abandoned the Chelsea. Makes sense – we were looking at it for about twenty seconds for our wedding before we realised how run-down it is inside.

  • iSkyscraper

    Just to leave everyone totally depressed, at the same time that Bixi is succumbing to the War on Bikes in Toronto, they are thriving in New York where they haven’t even launched yet but just sold 5,000 memberships in two days:

    http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20130416/NEWS/130419892

    I blame this entirely on Toronto having Ford and New York having Bloomberg. Intelligence matters.

  • Chris

    Gerrard St is “Gerrard Street West” once it crosses Yonge — there is no Gerrard St East between Bay and Yonge.

    • http://twitter.com/torontoist Torontoist

      Thanks, we’ve made the change!