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Weekend Newsstand: December 28, 2013

It's not Christmas and it's not New Year's but it is the weekend, which is almost as good. Some news for you: one potential measure for avoiding future ice storm power outages is too expensive for Toronto Hydro, warm weather may mean falling chunks of ice, two papers interviewed Police Commissioner Bill Blair, and a roundup of local news stories that deserved more coverage.

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Anthony Haines, CEO of Toronto Hydro, told the Globe and Mail this week that burying power lines to avoid future ice storm problems is not an option, as the procedure costs “seven or eight times” more to bury them. As the power outage still affecting nearly 30,000 Toronto residents moves into its seventh day, there is still no end in sight and Toronto Hydro spokespeople told residents to “prepare for the worst.” After a week in the middle of winter with no power, one has to wonder what Toronto Hydro considers “the worst”: no power ever again?

The weekend’s nice weather is going to make a lot of people happy, but it also brings with it hidden danger in the form of falling ice chunks. A lot of ice remains overhead, even in areas where power is back, and with warmer weather that ice may come crashing down. Several streets are closed Saturday morning, including parts of Yonge and Carlton. So if you’re heading out, watch out.

The National Post and Toronto Star each did a year-end interview with Police Commissioner Bill Blair, and reading both is a good way to get a better understanding of Blair and to see, in sharp relief, the differences in the two papers’ coverage. While the Post largely focused on Blair’s knee pain and how hard he works, the Star story began with a look into the police practice of “carding.” If you haven’t had to deal with the Toronto Police recently, carding is when they stop people on the street to question them and demand documentation.

Finally, the National Post has a roundup of 10 news stories in the city that deserved more coverage this year. Take a look and think about how much time we spent talking about Rob Ford’s extracurricular activities in lieu of these stories. Was it worth it?

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