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Newsstand: July 3, 2013

Morning, you. In the news: Metrolinx says Toronto's on its own if it wants a Scarborough subway, the City and Toronto police are planning to crack down on alcohol consumption in Trinity Bellwoods Park, an Ontario judge ruled that documents connected to Project Traveller must be revealed to media lawyers on August 27, and Toronto Public Health released a report suggesting Toronto consider opening safe-injection sites.

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The apparent upshot of a meeting held between Bruce McCuaig, the chief executive of provincial transit agency Metrolinx, and top officials from the Toronto Transit Commission and the City of Toronto, is that if Toronto councillors insist on having a Scarborough subway, Toronto would have to take charge of it, sans Metrolinx’s help.

In Trinity Bellwoods Park, the (golden?) era of look the other way may be reaching a close. The City and Toronto police have decided to crack down on alcohol consumption in the west-end park. Hipsters everywhere can be heard weeping into their now officially contraband PBRs.

August 27 might just prove a crazy interesting, revelatory day for Toronto. Or, it’ll be hugely anti-climactic. Either way, an Ontario judge ruled yesterday that documents related to the now infamous police raids potentially linked to Mayor Rob Ford must, on that day, be made available to media lawyers representing a group of media organizations, including the Globe and Mail, CBC and the Toronto Star.

Yesterday, Toronto Public Health released a report suggesting that Toronto should consider opening safe-injection sites for drug users within existing healthcare institutions. They indicated research from Vancouver and a number of other countries showing that these sites have been effective in preventing drug overdoses and reducing disease transmission.

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