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Newsstand: October 2, 2013

Happy second day of October. And now, straight to the news: Mayor Rob Ford's occasional driver gets arrested, Toronto worries about proposed changes to part of an Enbridge pipeline running underneath us, it's been 20 years since Bell created the 416/905 divide, and what may be the world's smallest dog lives in the GTA.

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Guess what, guess what? Something else shady has gone down in connection with Mayor Rob Ford. Don’t lie, you love it. Alessandro Lisi, the man who has been described as Mayor Rob Ford’s occasional driver, was arrested at a dry-cleaning shop in central Etobicoke. The reasons for his arrest have yet to be revealed.

Enbridge is seeking permission from the National Energy Board to increase the carrying capacity of one of its pipelines—Line 9B. Line 9B flows underneath Toronto, and in some places—by the Finch subway station, for example—the pipeline runs less than two metres below the sidewalk. Because the line is in such close proximity to something like a TTC station, the City is voicing concerns over whether the proposed changes could potentially increase the risk of oil spills.

If you’re a downtowner guilty of ever having disparaged the “905,” just remember that the 416/905 delineation so many of us use to set our urban/emotional compasses was invented 20 years ago by telecom giant Bell Canada (which you may remember from such archaic experiences as the telephone). It did so to accommodate a surge in demand for new phone numbers, precipitated by the hot new crazes of faxing and paging. Remember, also, that you’re a bad person.

If we’re known for anything in the GTA, it’s producing tiny, tiny dogs. No, but seriously, the GTA may actually be home to the smallest dog in the world. At five weeks, Kim Passero’s Yorkie puppy is a mere 163 grams, and her Tottenham veterinarian says he’s never seen a dog this small in his 16 years on the job. He predicts that “Angel” may be a Guinness World Record contender for smallest dog in the world.

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