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Newsstand: September 10, 2013

Feeling steamy this morning? In the news: Wynne gets bold, a daycare gets denied money, a former premier gets a new job, the City gets serious about Captain John's, and the weather gets hot.

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Premier Kathleen Wynne is threatening an early election for Ontarians if two of her minority government’s bills aren’t passed. The Ontario Liberals’ legislative agenda includes a ban on tanning beds for under-18s, help for the province’s farmers, and assistance on better mobile contracts for consumers. Recent polling by Innovative Research Group showed that the Liberals are now up seven points over the Progressive Conservatives, which could help explain Wynne’s new tough talk.

One Toronto daycare is being denied City funding for an infant room because it offers before- and after-care for full-day kindergarten students in the area. The Children’s Circle Daycare was told in July that it wouldn’t receive funds to build a room for ten infants if it continued to offer care for students of three area schools, because the purpose of full-day kindergarten is to provide childcare within the school building. That means that Toronto District School Board schools have first priority for offering before- and after-care programs, and there should be only one operator per school—and all three schools in the area have a program. But parents and the daycare say that many school-based daycares in Toronto have waiting lists, and that parents should have options for childcare.

Former Ontario premier David Peterson is taking over as the chair of the 2015 Pan Am Games, which will be held in Toronto and other Ontario communities. Peterson was named the chair yesterday afternoon, replacing Roger Garland, after a recommendation for the role from Kathleen Wynne; he was previously chair of the city’s efforts to be awarded the Games. The Pan Am Games will be held from July 10–26, 2015, and the Parapan Games from August 7–14 the same year.

Toronto’s government management committee voted Monday to seize Captain John’s, the former restaurant-on-a-boat at the foot of Yonge Street. Captain John’s owes the city nearly $650,000 in taxes, water charges, and penalties, and is in debt to the Port Authority for another $216,000 for rent. The City shut off the boat’s water a year ago, and its engine no longer works; a confidential staff report recommends that the ship be seized by the city under the Marine Act and moved.

And it might be September, but that doesn’t mean summer is done–watch out for hot temperatures today, where it could get as high as 42C with the humidex. Environment Canada has issued a humidex alert for today, but things are expected to cool down (and get wet) on Wednesday.

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