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Newsstand: May 23, 2013

Ah, Thursday. There's nothing quite like it—by which we mean just end it already. In the news: a casino could spring up in the suburbs, a new arrest in the Tim Bosma case, the figures are in for the Grey Cup, and something terrible happened yesterday morning.

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Toronto’s casino debate earlier this week was kind of the municipal equivalent of a hippopotamus fighting a squirrel. With a baseball bat. In other words, there was a trouncin’ a happenin’. But no matter how you phrase it, you had to know that wasn’t the last you’d see of the OLG and its modernization plan in these here parts. Because there are a whole lot of towns and cities around here, and some of them would love to host a casino. And while the ones that seem to favour a casino most strongly are generally of the “where on the map is it again?” variety, Markham, Vaughan, and Mississauga are also looking into it. It’s not over yet.

Family and friends of Tim Bosma met yesterday to honour the Ancaster man’s life. He was found dead after taking two people out on a test drive of a truck he was selling. Meanwhile, Hamilton police have arrested a second man in connection with his death, who is being charged today with first degree murder.

Speaking of funerals, many of the city’s media types and political figures joined the hundreds of people remembering the life of Toronto Sun founding editor Peter Worthington. The funeral even attracted Mayor and full-time media ninja Rob Ford, who was apparently handing out magnets and cards while waiting for the funeral to end.

Ontario schools’ procedures for what to do in case an armed assailant enters the premises are totally wrong, according to a pair of school security experts from the U.S. And let’s face it, this is probably something the Americans know more about than us. But so far the TDSB isn’t acknowledging their concerns.

If it felt like last November’s Grey Cup festivities just went on and on, well first of all, you’re kind of a grump. And second, you need to understand that those few days were pure hustlin’. Not only did the home team win the championship, but Toronto also took football fans from around Canada for about $95 million.

Normally media outlets don’t report on suicides. It’s a general policy that’s there to discourage copycats—something that obviously isn’t as much of a concern when it comes to murder, rape, torture, robbery, assault, not taking your bag off on the TTC, war, genocide, and many other abhorrent behaviours. However, some cases warrant a lift of that policy. Like, for instance, when someone steals the purse of a woman who jumped in front of a subway train. Yep, that is a thing that happened in this city. Have a nice day.

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