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Newsstand: October 10, 2013

Good evening, and welcome to Newsstand. In today's program, news: the Toronto Catholic School Board is reassessing its volunteer screening process, the TCHC investigates shady insurance claims allegedly made by former staff, city council will choose the person to fill the vacant Ward 3 seat, the Toronto District School Board chooses a new director, and Alice Munro wins the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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Since yesterday’s public revelation that Mayor Rob Ford recruited a friend with a criminal past—and a fake name—to coach football at Don Bosco Catholic Secondary School, Toronto’s Catholic school board has decided to review its volunteer screening process. Probably not a bad idea.

Five Toronto Community Housing Corporation employees have been fired and could face police questioning after the organization found evidence of a shady insurance claim connected to a fire at the TCHC-owned 200 Wellesley Street East high-rise apartment building. The agency announced yesterday that they have, since last month, been investigating whether staff from their for-profit subsidiary Housing Services Inc. falsified documents in relation to a fire at the building. The findings from their independent investigation will be handed over to Toronto police.

City council will make their decision today regarding who should fill the vacant Ward 3, Etobicoke Centre council seat left empty by former deputy mayor Doug Holyday. There are, apparently, 45 contenders to choose from, though former provincial cabinet minister Chris Stockwell was the top choice of Etobicoke community council when they met last week.

Cue the collective sigh of relief: the Toronto District School Board has selected a new director. The last director, Chris Spence (remember him?) resigned due to startling allegations of plagiarism (remember that?), so they needed a new one. And the person the trustees chose last night is Donna Quan, the board’s former deputy director, and a woman the Globe and Mail describes as a “quiet, steady hand.”

And homegrown short story writer and general darling Alice Munro has won the Nobel Prize for Literature, becoming the first Canadian writer to win the award.

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