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Newsstand: July 17, 2013

The extreme heat continues today and tomorrow and forever. Like it. In the news: Mayor Rob Ford says something about money for the Scarborough subway and then retracts it and then Finance Minister Jim Flaherty says maybe it shouldn't have been retracted and, make it stop, a Toronto police officer gets disciplined for having posed as a stranded GO train passenger, a Toronto police assault trial got dramatically disrupted yesterday, and, yes, the heat continues.

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If you weren’t already thoroughly confused about the never-ending Scarborough subway saga, here’s a bit more for you to attempt to digest: During a day-long council debate yesterday, Mayor Rob Ford suggested the city could procure $333 million in federal funds for the subway project. This is the amount the feds were supposedly going to have given to light rail on Sheppard Avenue. Though Ford amended his comment after councillors raised concern, conceding that the $333 million was actually earmarked for Sheppard, a spokesperson for Finance Minister Jim Flaherty later confirmed Ford’s earlier statement. The $333 million is apparently up for grabs. Hope you drank your morning coffee before reading that, because, well, what??

A Toronto police officer tasked with helping to rescue stranded GO train passengers during last week’s flooding apparently decided it would be funny to pretend to be just another stranded passenger—and not an on-duty officer. Police Chief Bill Blair says Constable Nickolas Dorazio, who that night told a CBC television crew he was stuck on the train and draped an orange towel ’round his shoulders for effect, has been disciplined, and cited his actions as “stupid behaviour.”

Speaking of Toronto police and general shadiness, proceedings in a police assault trial were interrupted when a sergeant who was giving evidence was called out by the defence for contradictions in his written and oral testimonies, and abruptly asked to get a lawyer.

And, get thyself to an air conditioner, because the city has issued an extreme heat alert for the next three days. The forecast for today, tomorrow, and Friday predicts highs in the low thirties, plus thunderstorms.

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