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Newsstand: September 9, 2013

See any celebs in town this weekend? Apparently, there's some kind of big event going on. In the news: two Toronto-based papers will defend their reporting on the brothers Ford, a Mississauga real estate agent has angered teachers and a local school board, an inquest into a disturbing child-abuse death begins, a local neighbourhood keeps Narconon out, and the creator of the Sam's sign isn't impressed with Ryerson.

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The Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail will appear before the Ontario Press Council today during a public hearing to answer questions about their coverage of Mayor Rob Ford and family and drugs. The papers ran two separate stories, with the Star alleging that Mayor Rob Ford was videotaped smoking crack cocaine and the Globe alleging that Doug Ford dealt hashish when he was younger; the brothers have dismissed both reports as false. Both Ford brothers were invited to file complaints with the press council, which would allow them to participate in the hearing, but hadn’t done so as of Friday night.

A Mississauga real estate agent is raising the ire of local schools with her assessments of which schools are worth buying a home near. The Peel District School Board says that Susi Kostyniuk has offended teachers and staff at local schools with her “data-driven assessments” of the performance of every public and Catholic school in Mississauga, as well as some others west of Toronto. Peel district board lawyers are looking into how they can stop Kostyniuk from posting her methodology and videos on her site. “I think we’re going to appeal to her sense of good taste and respect and ask her to not do this to our schools,” said Brian Woodland, Peel board’s director of communications.

A coroner’s inquest into the death 11 years ago of Jeffrey Baldwin is set to begin today. Baldwin starved to death while under the care of his grandparents, who lived in east Toronto; the grandparents were convicted of second-degree murder, and the case led to wide-ranging changes at the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Toronto and other children’s aid societies in Ontario.

Narconon, a drug-treatment facility with ties to Scientology, has lost its bid to buy a property in Hockley Village. The estate, home of the late Conservative MP Donald Blenkarn, was sold by the family to an area resident despite a counter offer from Narconon, which planned to open a drug- and alcohol-treatment facility on the site. Narconon’s ties to Scientology were a concern for some area residents, who campaigned to keep the group out of the neighbourhood.

The co-creator of the iconic Sam the Record Man sign is sad to see Toronto’s neon history fading, saying that “You wouldn’t go to Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower, you wouldn’t go to New York without seeing Times Square….It’s the same thing. You can’t go to Toronto without seeing Sam the Record Man.” Jack Markle, who also co-created the computer that runs the Honest Ed’s signage, disapproves of Ryerson’s alternate plan for displaying the Sam’s sign—a plan that will be debated by the Toronto and East York Community Council tomorrow.

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