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Weekend Newsstand: October 12, 2013

It's Thanksgiving weekend and that can only mean one thing: playing video games alone for two days and ordering in. Right? Also, news: seizing Captain John's, boycotting the Pan Am Games, talking about Nuit Blanche, paying for horses, and not travelling by subway.

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It’s the beginning of the end of an era, as city council voted Friday to begin the process of seizing Captain John’s, the big old floating boat restaurant on the waterfront. It could have been a contender. But the boat restaurant’s owner, Captain John (a.k.a. John Letnik), owes thousands of dollars in bills and taxes.

Anyone who was planning on attending any Pan Am Games just in hopes of catching a glimpse of our sports-loving mayor may be sorely disappointed. Rob Ford is vowing to boycott the games over alleged overspending. Ford sent a letter to the games organizers requesting all the financial documents related to the organizing so he can pore over them in his study and determine the validity of each dollar spent. For their part, the organizing committee let the mayor know the documents he wants are posted online and the province is handling this issue, thanks.

Nuit Blanche: is it art or party? A bunch of people give their opinions on this scintillating topic in the Globe.

The province will pay out $400 million to the horse racing industry over the next five years. So there’s still a chance to see the ponies at Woodbine.

And horseback may be a better option this weekend, as the TTC has shut down the entire U south of Bloor. So no trains will run north-south from Bloor to St. George stations until Tuesday morning. Happy travels!

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