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Newsstand: February 17, 2014

It's Family Day, so if you didn't get enough for a lifetime during the December holidays, maybe visit your family or give them a call. You could also just read some news, since you're already here: TCH properties are among the most violent places to live in Toronto, a chemical leak in Scarborough injured one person, TTC CEO Andy Byford is feeling good about movement on a downtown subway, and where to go today that won't be closed.

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Toronto is one of North America’s safest cities despite being its fourth largest, but that safety is not enjoyed equally by every part of town. Some neighbourhoods are far more dangerous than others, and unfortunately, Toronto Community Housing residents have to deal with a significant portion of that danger. An in-depth examination by the Globe and Mail of the violence taking place in the City’s public housing reveals that while just six per cent of the city’s population lives there, it’s where 22 per cent of Toronto’s homicides took place in 2011.

A chemical spill at Digital Specialty Chemicals in Scarborough on Sunday morning led to one worker’s being decontaminated and then hospitalized. Seven other workers were inspected at the scene but did not require hospitalization.

Toronto Transit Commission CEO Andy Byford is “optimistic” about a downtown relief subway line, he said after meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper last week. The relief line would roughly copy the Yonge-University-Spadina path but meet Bloor further east and west of the current route before angling in toward the downtown core. Despite everyone involved claiming to agree that the TTC needs new subways to keep up with demand, those subways will cost a lot of money that has not been forthcoming. Byford says he is optimistic about getting some of the $10-billion Building Canada Fund, 40 per cent of which is earmarked for transit. But in a pinch, Byford says he doesn’t care where the money comes from, as long as the city gets a better transit system out of it.

The CBC has compiled a list of businesses that are open on this statutory holiday. It’s not long, and the bad news is that if you need groceries or beer you may well be out of luck.

CORRECTION:February 17, 9:55 AM This post originally stated that the chemical spill took place on Monday morning, when in fact, it occurred on Sunday morning. The post also indicated Toronto is North America’s fifth-largest city, but it has edged past Chicago and now sits at number four on the list. We regret the errors.

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