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Newsstand: October 31, 2013

For those who celebrate Halloween via drinking, is the holiday celebrated the weekend before the mid-week holiday or after? I'd like to know. In the news today: Part of a document outlining the investigation of Alessandro Lisi's arrest to be revealed today, garbage collection fees set for charities and religious institutions, the fate of Bixi remains unknown, Casa Loma will be operated by Liberty Entertainment Group for the next 20 years, and Porter gets some international recognition.

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Parts of a police document that outlines the investigation leading to Mayor Rob Ford’s pal Alessandro Lisi’s arrest will be released sometime this morning, so let us all wait with bated breath together. The Globe and Mail says it’ll publish the details as soon as they’re made available.

Charities and religious institutions may be none too pleased to hear that the City is planning to start charging them for waste collection services. And also, that God is dead. (KIDDING. THAT WAS A JOKE, GUYS). This new garbage collection fee—proposed last year but deferred—is set to be be phased in over four years starting this January. In addition, rates for water will increase by nine per cent next year. The proposed increases are intended to fund capital improvements, and will be debated by the City’s budget committee beginning tomorrow.

The fate of Toronto’s flailing Bixi bike program continues to hang in the balance; a proposed deal for the City to save the company from bankruptcy was apparently nixed by Bixi the day before yesterday’s executive committee meeting, where possible solutions for the program were discussed.

At yesterday’s meeting, the City’s executive committee approved a 20-year deal with Liberty Entertainment Group, allowing the management company to lease and operate Casa Loma. A cafe and restaurant are said to be in the works, as well as Winterlicious and Nuit Blanche events.

Chi-chi magazine Conde Nast Traveler has named Porter Airlines the best small airline in the world. The world! Take that, obscure European airline companies.

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  • Suicide Boi

    I was wondering when to celebrate Halloween drinking as well. I suspect it’s the weekend before.

  • http://www.jpaterson.net/ James D Paterson

    I didn’t realize charities and “religious” institutions didn’t have to pay for waste collection. Not having to pay taxes, or very low taxes, sure, but to not have to pay other basic services, as well? I don’t see why they need to be exempt.

  • http://bertussi.ca/ Erich Nolan Bertussi

    When all Hallows Eve falls on a Thursday you get two weekends of Halloween celebrations.

    Just check with the smarty clubs in town, they doubled up…

    You can’t get that from a Wednesday Halloween, or a Friday is certainly on the weekend it commences, so there does that make sense?

    ENB..//

  • tyrannosaurus_rek

    When did we stop spelling Hallowe’en with the apostrophe?

    • OgtheDim

      US spelling.

      I always use the ‘