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Newsstand: September 12, 2013

Morning! Today in the news: the TDSB wants to work with Toronto Police and other officials on improving traffic safety in school zones, Toronto Police consider buying more tasers, 3,500 CT scans and mammograms done at Toronto and Mississauga hospitals are under review, and Councillor Adam Vaughan isn't feeling too cosy towards the Ontario Municipal Board.

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Toronto District School Board trustees approved the idea of a meeting between the board’s chair, Chris Bolton, and Police Chief Bill Blair and other city officials. The purpose of this meeting would be to work on possible ways to improve traffic safety in school zones. Potential changes include upping the number of crossing guards and tightening parking regulations and enforcement. The impetus for the meetings is the tragic death of fourteen-year-old Violet Liang, who was killed while walking to her first day of school at C.W. Jefferys Collegiate Institute.

In taser news, Toronto’s Police Services Board meets today, and on the agenda is a discussion of whether to alter the service’s proposed capital budget and squeeze in the purchase of more stun guns. Police Chief Bill Blair has indicated that the service can afford it. A public consultation on the matter will be held on September 24 at Old City Hall.

Trillium Health Partners is undertaking a review of 3,500 CT scans and mammograms conducted at Mississauga Hospital and Queensway Health Centre between April 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013. The concern is over so-called “performance issues” and ensuing errors from a radiologist no longer employed there.

Councillor Adam Vaughan (Ward 20, Trinity-Spadina) is proposing that the City be able to assume control of certain planning decisions where more minor issues are concerned—meaning the Ontario Municipal Board, which currently decides the outcomes of planning-type disputes, wouldn’t necessarily get final say. Vaughan’s discontent with the OMB hit a peak after the City lost a seven-year fight over an illegally built addition to a house in Harbord Village.

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