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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.

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