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Extra, Extra: Rob Ford Photo of the Year, Olivia Chow’s Controversial Flyer, and Brand-New Streetcars

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  • The News Photographers Association of Canada has announced the nominees for 2013 National Pictures of the Year. “A great photo is a snapshot of time that can reveal the world’s most profound tales of heartbreak, joy and reality with one single image,” reads its website. The first photo displayed, taken by Moe Doiron for the Globe, features Toronto’s very own most profound tale of reality—wearing an Argos jersey and sitting by himself at City Hall.
  • Olivia Chow, MP for Trinity-Spadina, has not yet officially declared that she plans to join Toronto’s mayoral race. She has, though, declared—in a flyer recently distributed to her constituents—that she “has always worked hard to make sure her local constituents are informed and aware of important local and national issues.” Those already committed to the mayoral contest are not amused. “We have serious concerns about Ms. Chow’s use of taxpayer dollars,” said a spokesperson for the Tory campaign. “Envious. I wish Team Soknacki could afford to do mass-mailouts, too,” said Brian Kelcey, campaign manager for David Soknacki.
  • You might have noticed something new, large, and red on the streets of Toronto—something that looks kind of like a streetcar in that it is, in fact a streetcar, and yet looks very different from the streetcars we know and love (and also hate, especially when it gets cold and their pneumatic air lines act up). We will soon be just as familiar with this new breed of streetcar: operator training has begun, and service will commence on August 31.

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