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Newsstand: September 11, 2013

Ditch those fall fashions again today, 'cause it's another scorcher out there. In the news: Metrolinx's chair puts out a public letter defending a shortened Scarborough subway line, outlook not good for the Sam the Record Man sign, the City's freedom of information department is relying on the honour system with regard to the mayor's request backlog, and the St. Clair streetcar line turns one hundred (and she's still got it).

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Fortunately for no one, the saga that is the Scarborough transit debates just keeps on giving. Metrolinx Chair Robert Prichard released a public letter yesterday defending the province’s plan to build a condensed subway line in Scarborough rather than a light-rail line, or the longer subway line supported by city council. Metrolinx also put out a feasibility study about the line. Changes to the line will have to be fought for in city council, should councillors choose to reopen that can of worms.

Those nostalgic about Sam the Record Man will be troubled to hear that a Toronto committee voted 7-4 yesterday to allow Ryerson University to renege on a deal it signed with the City in 2008 stating that it would install the legendary store sign either in the school’s new student learning centre on Yonge Street or in a location on Gould Street. Should city council vote to approve this change, Ryerson will have a year to find another location for the sign and report back to council with its proposal.

It likely comes as no surprise whatsoever that Mayor Rob Ford’s office has not been prompt in responding to freedom of information requests from a whole host of media groups. More specifically, the request backlog was estimated by the mayor himself to be about 10,000 pages deep, with pending requests having been submitted by 29 different media groups. The City’s freedom of information department is now saying that it’s relying on the honour system to ensue the mayor’s office releases all the relevant records, which are slated for release starting on September 23. Why don’t they just pinky swear on it?

In less bleak, but somewhat curious, transit news, the Wychwood Barns Community Association is super excited that the St. Clair streetcar line (y’know, the one that’s caused a bit of controversy in recent years) is now 100 years old. So excited, in fact, that they are holding a week-long celebration. For details, ask someone else.

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