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Newsstand: September 16, 2013

Here's the news: Toronto councillors continue to grapple with the province's Scarborough subway plans, Bombardier tests its new "whisper jets," police investigate a sexual assault that happened at TIFF, and the Leafs win a preseason game.

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Toronto councillors are frustrated by the ongoing debate over the Scarborough subway extension, and they’re not sure that next month’s return to council meetings will provide any relief. City Manager Joe Pennachetti and TTC CEO Andy Byford are writing a report to council addressing provincial transportation minister Glen Murray’s surprise announcement that the Ontario government will use its $1.48 billion funding commitment to build a shorter subway to the Scarborough City Centre—a plan different from the one approved by council in July. Councillor Janet Davis (Ward 31, Beaches-East York) told the Star that she was concerned some councillors would keep hoping that Pennachetti’s request to the feds for a $660-million contribution to the subway would come through. “I don’t think we are going to see federal money for some time,” Davis said. “To wait another year or 18 months…for a subway is just more of the same…more confusion, more delay.” Council resumes on October 9.

Bombardier is testing its so-called whisper jets today, a key step in the plan to approve the controversial expansion of Porter Airlines services at the Toronto Island airport—but not a silver bullet that will determine how the jets fit into that plan. These initial test flights will give the first indications of whether or not the Bombardier plane can perform to specs. According to Porter, the planes would produce less noise during takeoff due to lower energy use.

Police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect in the weekend sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl at the Toronto International Film Festival. The girl in front of Roy Thomson Hall before the gala screening of Life of Crime when an unidentified man assaulted her. Police have released a partial photo of the man, and believe that another man—also unidentified—witnessed the assault.

And don’t get too excited, but the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Philadelphia Flyers in a preseason game held in London, Ontario. Nazem Kadri, who just signed a two-year contract with the team, scored the first goal of the 4–3 game, played in Kadri’s hometown. We’re not saying it means anything for the upcoming season. We’re just saying they won.


  • blearghhh

    I don’t even want to know how someone can get sexually assaulted while in a crowd in broad daylight. Gurgh… Creepy.

    • vampchick21

      sexual assault isn’t always what first comes to mind when you hear that term, so it’s entirely possible, and yes, still very, very creepy. And scary.

      • blearghhh

        It’s true. I actually just read an article about rape culture and how minimizing anything other than jump out of the bushes and have sex with them sexual assault is part of what normalizes what is actually the vast majority of what actually happens. And then here I go being complicit in that very thing. Yay me.

        • vampchick21

          Our minds tend to automatically go to that first thought when hearing that term, as other than being killed or maimed, that’s among the worst things that can happen and is very, very traumatizing. But it’s really scary when you’re standing on a crowded bus and feel someone’s hand being placed very deliberately where it should NOT be.

  • tomwest

    “the planes would produce less noise during takeoff due to lower energy use”
    What on earth has lower energy useage got to do with anything? They are quieter because the engine has been designed to be quieter. Simple really.