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Newsstand: October 7, 2013

It's Monday, and it's raining to boot. Might as well call in sick: this week is already a wash. In the news today: two Canadians who were being imprisoned in Egypt have now been (mostly) freed, Nuit Blanche was also a night of stabbings, Linda McQuaig wants to tax the rich, and there's a therapy centre in Toronto that purports to heal gays.

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Two Canadians imprisoned in Egypt without charge for several weeks were freed over the weekend. Though Tarek Loubani and John Greyson are still unable to leave the country, they have been released from prison, and the Canadian government believes they will be allowed to come home soon. Choose your words wisely if you feel like bringing this up with your crotchety, reactionary uncle.

During Nuit Blanche, which took place overnight on Oct. 5-6, there were two stabbings. One 19-year-old died of his injuries, while another person, who was stabbed at Yonge and Dundas, suffered minor injuries. Do yourself a favour, and avoid the Reddit thread on why Nuit Blanche is not framed as inherently violent or criminal while Caribana is unless you’ve been prescribed a minimum daily intake of internet racism.

Toronto Centre NDP candidate Linda McQuaig supports increasing taxes on Canada’s wealthiest citizens, leading party leader Thomas Mulcair to clarify that the party has no plans to raise taxes on the rich should it form the government following the 2015 election. Mulcair said McQuaig will have to be a “team player” and that the party’s focus will be on rolling back some corporate tax deductions rather than on taxing individuals.

Toronto Star reporter Graham Slaughter went undercover at Living Waters, a therapy centre in Toronto that purports to “heal” gays, to expose the inside of an industry that shows no signs of disappearing in Canada despite being on the wane in the States. Slaughter says the group described homosexuality as a “sexual addiction”—it also believes that no one is truly homosexual. The Star also released a second portion of the investigation, a series of statements from former Living Waters participants on their experiences and their lives.

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