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Newsstand: February 24, 2014

We did it, Canada! We got the gold medals in the hockey sport! Post-Olympics, we can get back to what really matters: local news. There are challenges for the new TTC chair, the Eaton Centre Sears has finally closed, and Rob Ford has added "DJ" to his credentials.

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Newly instated TTC chair Maria Augimeri (Ward 9, York Centre) entered politics vowing to more closely connect York University, her alma mater, with the TTC. Augimeri is replacing Karen Stintz, who has left the post to run for mayor of Toronto. Her first-announced order of business is to meet with provincial premier Kathleen Wynne to demand at least $214 million for much-needed work on the city’s transit system. However, Augimeri has only a short time to accomplish what she wants: she has promised not to pursue the job after this term has ended, and as such has only seven commission meetings in which to achieve her goals.

It’s been in the works for months, but it’s finally happened: the Sears in the Eaton Centre has closed, along with Sears locations in Sherway Gardens and London, Ontario’s Masonville Place. February 23 marked the flagship location’s last day, and customers and employees stood by to say farewell to both the store and the memories it represented. In two years, customers will see the space remade into a small Nordstrom as Sears fades into the memories of those 20-and-higher-somethings old enough to remember the store’s glory days.

Rob Ford loves hockey and beats, according to his weekend activities. The scandal-courting mayor attended a charity DJ event on Saturday, and spent the big game at Real Sports Bar and Grill, where he cheered on the men’s hockey team as it brought home the country’s second gold medal in hockey this Olympics with a 3-0 win against Sweden.

CORRECTION: February 24, 2014, 10:20 AM This post originally suggested that Maria Augimeri would not be running in the next election; she will, in fact, again be in the running for councillor of Ward 9—but she will not be pursuing the position of TTC Chair after her current term is over.

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