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Weekend Newsstand: January 11, 2014

What a great Saturday: warmer weather, which means having fun outside but also a possibility of flooding. Winter sure is the best. In the news today: Dean Blundell has some thoughts to share on why Dean Blundell was fired from his public speaking job, the Greater Toronto Airport Authority is in a bit of trouble, H1N1 flu cases in North York, and a Globe and Mail competition to redesign Toronto's logo.

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Breaking: white guy has valuable input to share on why he got fired from a job for talking too much. That’s today’s Dean Blundell headline; Blundell, who was recently fired from his morning radio show on 102.1 The Edge for making homophobic jokes about the participants in a criminal trial, wants everyone to know that despite the jokes he made he is “unequivocally” not homophobic. Apparently unfamiliar with how prejudice works, Blundell listed some good things he has done for the LGBT community and seemed to assume that this would absolve him of any wrongdoing. Or, sorry, any perceived wrongdoing. You know, from the left-wing, PC-police media. The man asked to stop speaking in public for money promised that he would have more thoughts to share on his firing, so stay tuned.

The recent weather fluctuations, specifically the significant cold snap, have shed light on how the Greater Toronto Airport Authority is managed and how that may have contributed to poor management of the crisis. While Toronto experienced unusually cold temperatures, flights were delayed or cancelled and thousands of travellers were stranded in Pearson International, Canada’s busiest airport. The GTAA board of directors can unilaterally hire 12 of the 15 members of the board, creating a situation where there is little to no accountability or feedback from outside the organization. The provincial and federal governments can appoint three board members together, but those appointments must be approved by the board. Customers complained of poor service and assistance in finding out when they would be able to leave the airport, among other things.

One unit of North York General Hospital is now dedicated to the five patients there who are dealing with the H1N1 flu virus. The five cases are mild and the patients appear to be in recovery, but the unit was isolated to stop the spread of the illness.

Finally, take a look at eight logos for Toronto the Globe and Mail commissioned. It was just a competition by the paper to see what people would come up with, and won’t be replacing the current logo, but some of these are pretty good.

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