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Newsstand: August 23, 2013

This is the last weekend before Labour Day. Yes, we also cannot believe it. In the news: reports say Sammy Yatim was hit by eight shots, the digital divide will shrink for some TCHC residents, the government is ready to act on teens and tanning, and we've got another estimate on the cost of raising a kid in Canada.

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The Toronto Star reported that eight of the nine shots heard in a video shot the night Sammy Yatim died on a TTC streetcar in late July hit him, news that The Globe and Mail reported as being “distressing” to his family. “(Mr. Yatim’s relatives) are upset and most distressed by this news as none of this information had been previously disclosed to the family and they are unclear about how this information has come to light, or if there is any truth to it,” Yatim’s family said in a statement. The coroner’s office and the Special Investigations Unit, which is now investigating the officer’s conduct in this matter, both refused comment yesterday.

Qualified Toronto Community Housing Residents will have access to low-cost internet through a corporate-funded initiative that launched yesterday. Connected For Success is a joint effort of Rogers, Microsoft, Compugen, and the TCHC, and will provide access to 30 GB of broadband internet for $9.99 a month, as well as subsidized computers for $150. The project is aimed at reducing the digital divide that exists among urban residents, Rogers’ communications president told The Toronto Star. “Twenty per cent of the population of Toronto Community Housing has access to Internet and computers,” Rob Bruce said, “whereas the rest of Toronto would be more like 80 per cent.”

The provincial Liberal government is moving forward with a ban on the use of tanning beds by Ontarians under the age of 18. Health Minister Deb Matthews and House Leader John Milloy issued a statement yesterday saying that Bill 30 would be a priority when the house resumes on September 9, and the ban on teens tanning should be passed into law by the end of next month. The bill is supported by all three major provincial parties.

The Fraser Institute, a conservative think tank, released a report yesterday saying that the annual cost of raising a child in Canada is actually as low as $3000 to $4500, and that “substantial” government benefits “partially or completely offset the cost of raising a child.” Torontonians who pay for daycare in the city read the number, and then laughed and laughed until they cried.

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