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Weekend Newsstand: June 22, 2013

Saturday can go wherever it wants, reminding people "I am the weekend." But first, some news: backlash for Parkdale plan, a teenager to cheer for, TDSB plans to sell land, and reforms for taxis.

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With all the hubbub over capping the number of bars and restaurants in Parkdale, some people are feeling overlooked. Won’t somebody please think of the partiers? In a basic misunderstanding of the proposal, a Parkdale resident told the Star, “I think that more diversity in a neighbourhood is key, so a nice blend of restaurants and nightspots would be great. We don’t just want to be a community of residences… I find it hard to see how that would be a positive.” The proposal aims to limit the number of bars and restaurants to 25 percent of the businesses in some sections of Queen Street West, in order to allow for a diversity of commercial operations. Like greengrocers, where you can get a banana and an Arizona Iced Tea to coddle your hangover, partiers. Think about it.

Some teenagers hang out in front of malls, some wear baggy pants, and some make everyone else feel bad about themselves. Jack Andraka is that last kind. The 16-year-old has developed a method to test for various cancers that costs only pennies. He presented his plan to the Ideacity conference Friday. People were duly impressed and inspired.

The Toronto District School Board has voted to sell off parcels of land to bolster their failing finances. The land they plan to sell surrounds currently closed schools. The TDSB hopes the injection of cash will lure the province into offering more financial support in the future, after Queen’s Park announced it would stop providing money to the school board in light of budget overruns.

A new staff report aims to overhaul the taxi industry, introducing reforms like a streamlined licensing system and making all the city’s cabs wheelchair accessible.

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