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Newsstand: August 22, 2013

If you're sick of hearing the word cronut, or just, y'know, sick ('cause you ate a cronut), here's some news that's got nothing to do with it: Ford asks Torontonians how Holyday's now vacant seat should be filled, a Jack Layton statue will be unveiled, Cafeteria food that teens can actually stand, four York University cafeteria workers have tested positive for Tuberculosis, and Durham motorcyclists will rally for an Oshawa family and their autistic son.

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At a west-end high school last night, Mayor Rob Ford held a community consultation meeting, asking residents how they feel former deputy mayor Doug Holyday’s now vacant city council seat should be filled. Holyday’s move to provincial politics (he’ll be sworn in today as the Progressive Conservative MPP for the Etobicoke-Lakeshore riding) means Ward 3 Etobicoke Centre is up for grabs, and Ford wants to know whether Torontonians prefer it to be filled via a byelection or a temporary appointment until the October 2014 general election. The mayor stated that he would prefer a byelection, but that he was “neutral at this meeting,” and also, would prefer a byelection. But he’s neutral. Right. City council will reach a decision in a special meeting held next week.

In honour of the second anniversary of former federal NDP leader Jack Layton’s death, a bronze statue of Layton will be unveiled on the waterfront today. A gift from the Ontario Labour Federation, the statue depicts a life-sized Layton sitting atop the back seat of a tandem bicycle.

The Toronto District School Board’s school cafeterias have apparently been suffering since Ontario banned most junk food from schools in 2008 and implemented a restrictive food and beverage policy three years later. In an effort to revitalize the more than 30 cafeterias, and to keep kids off the fast food, food scientists and culinary students at George Brown College’s Food Innovation and Research Studio have been experimenting with healthier recipes that don’t drive the kids straight to Burger King. Teens involved in another project working to rescue the flailing cafeterias sampled some of the prospective menu items yesterday, with mostly promising results.

Speaking of cafeterias (and apologies for the horrible segue), four cafeteria workers at York University’s Glendon College campus have tested positive for Tuberculosis. Toronto Public Health has been testing the campus’s food workers this week, after learning that one staff member had become sick with the illness earlier this summer.

Earlier this week, an Oshawa family received a hateful letter regarding their autistic son. Tomorrow, motorcyclists in the Durham area will be holding a rally to show support for the boy and his family.


  • vampchick21

    I saw some footage from that meeting on the news this morning. A handful of scattered elderly people showed up.

  • dsmithhfx

    Rob prefers a byelection because… magnets!

    • andrew97

      He don’t wanna talk to a scientist. They all motherfuckers lyin’ and gettin’ him pissed.

      • dsmithhfx

        He doesn’t need any help with that.

  • tomwest

    If school boards geniunely want stduents to eat heathily (and not go off-site for junk food), then don’t let them go off-site at lunchtimes.

    • OgtheDim

      Not going to happen.

      Reality requires a different approach.

      • tomwest

        Either you give children healthy food and no other options, or you give them options and they’ll pick junk food.

        Ultimately we expect school boards to look after our children’s well-being. That surely includes getting them to eat healthily.

        (And what “different approach” would you suggest?)

        • OgtheDim

          Different then yours where you are suggesting an impossibility.

          I’m not sure of the right answer but I know one which is not going to happen, and that is making kids stay in school because of the evils out there called….horrors….junk food.

          OK, I was being facetious in that last statement but, really, when you think about it, you can’t keep kids on school property because otherwise they might not eat healthy. We don’t live in a land that does that.

          There has to be other options.

          BTW, I really hope you are not a Dad who insists on his kids only doing x.

          • tyrannosaurus_rek

            Actually we do live in a land that allows closed campus schools.

          • OgtheDim

            But nobody keeps the kids in school for this reason. And we don’t close campus high schools, which is the focus when we are talking about TDSB cafeterias.

  • iSkyscraper

    From earlier in the week, the Daily News printed a Richard Florida editorial about whether or not New York could end up with a dolt like Ford as its mayor:

    • HotDang

      That guy has it all figured out.

  • Dinah Might

    Given how much City Council has accomplished this year only to un-accomplish it two months later, is there any way a new councillor could achieve enough before the next general election to make it worth the cost?

    • dsmithhfx


  • andrew97