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Weekend Newsstand: September 21, 2013

Bad weather got you down? It's still Saturday, at least! In the news: Ford's still got fans, or at least fans of barbecue; the TTC might make changes to streetcar service along King; the Project Traveller warrants are (very) partially revealed; new allegations of health violations at a Vaughan daycare emerge; the Jays help out the Sox; and a key Toronto figure passes on.

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Fans of Mayor Rob Ford gathered in Etobicoke last night for his family’s annual Ford Fest, a barbecue with free food and rides for the community and the mayor’s still-considerable fan base. Residents stood in line to meet the mayor, “Ford Nation” flags flew, and singer Jenny James performed a song about Ford (more than once) to the adoring crowd. “The best mayor ever of Toronto,” said 78-year-old Joseph Golac to the Toronto Star. “No one can produce higher than this one. Everything he’s doing, he’s doing right.” This information is all presented without editorial comment.

Following up on concerns raised by the TTC board this summer about rush-hour service, the city will look into ways to get commuters moving more quickly on the King streetcar line in the mornings. Toronto’s public works and infrastructure committee approved studying the possibility of extended streetcar-only lanes along King, as well as more enforcement, at its Friday meeting. “Because of the number of people that it moves, [transit] has to have first priority,” committee chair and councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong (Ward 34, Don Valley East) told the Globe and Mail. “And I suspect that, if transit wasn’t so congested on King Street, you might actually have freer-flowing traffic, because more people might use it.”

The search warrants for Project Traveller were released—sort of. An Ontario judge ordered the release of the documents, unsealing on Friday one of the 36 packages of information to obtain the warrant. However, the document was heavily redacted because of a publication ban.

The province is seeking more power over unregulated daycares, as details emerge about multiple health violations found at the Vaughan daycare where a two-year-old girl died this summer. After the girl’s death on July 8, public health investigators found listeria in three different foods in the fridge or on the counter at the site, dirty diapers and garbage in the kitchen, inadequate hand-washing and sanitation, and as many as 14 dogs in the home housing the daycare. The province does not currently track public health inspections of unregulated daycares, and provincial officials are not informed when there are complaints against home daycares that result in fines, warnings, or charges reported to Children’s Aid, animal control, municipal property standards, fire services, or police services.

The Boston Red Sox—now coached by former Jays manager John Farrell—clinched the AL East in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays last night, so that was great. To top it off, Jays centre fielder Colby Rasmus left the game after a ball thrown by a teammate got him right in the face. Insult to injury, guys.

And Anne Mirvish, a sculptor and the widow of Ed Mirvish of Honest Ed’s, died on Friday afternoon at the age of 94. A funeral will be held at Holy Blossom Temple in Toronto on Monday. Our condolences to the Mirvish family.

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