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Newsstand: March 7, 2014

Happy Friday! Don't forget to set your clock forward on Sunday! Because if you do forget, the Daylight Saving Time monster will get you in your sleep. In the news today: Trump Tower may soon be raining glass; an Ontario teacher who forced a student to eat a gross banana is no longer a teacher; and Line 9, the pipeline project, is one step closer to reality.

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Bay and Adelaide streets were closed off today—Bay from Richmond to King, and Adelaide from Yonge to York—due to a piece of glass hanging from Trump Tower. The closure forced a change in the 6 Bay bus, but is understandable as it will also mean no one dies or is horrifically injured by falling skyscraper glass. If you’re wondering what the deal is with glass falling from the sky, and you haven’t yet watched it, this CBC “Doc Zone” documentary about the ongoing condo boom in town should give you exactly what you’re looking for. (Unless what you’re looking for is fair housing prices in downtown Toronto, amiright?)

A Grade 3 teacher is no longer a Grade 3 teacher after taking a banana out of the garbage and instructing one of her students to eat it. According to the student’s mother, the teacher pulled the banana out of the garbage, peeled it, broke off a piece, and handed the spotted, black mess to her student. CTV is vague on the details—was this a bizarre punishment? Did the child accidentally drop the banana and ask the teacher to retrieve it for her?… Why? How? What…what is going on here?—but the Banana Bandit is no longer a threat to students, so we can all move on with our lives in relative peace. May she never strike fear into our hearts again.

Enbridge, an energy giant based in Calgary, has won approval from the National Energy Board to reverse the flow along part of its Line 9 pipeline, which runs between southern Ontario and Montreal. The board also approved a proposal to increase the pipeline’s capacity. Environmental activists and many First Nations groups oppose the moves, but after around four months of opposition, the above-ground pipeline has been approved. Many proponents of this and other proposed pipeline projects in Canada have cited examples of trains derailing and the catastrophic effects of those accidents when the trains are carrying oil in order to advocate for their preferred method of oil transportation.


  • Susan D

    FORWARD. Spring forward, Fall back. Although it’s actually Winter Forward, isn’t it, thanks to the evil nebulous time lords in the US who a) dictate the totally useless nonsense about shifting the time around and b) keep making the False Time longer and longer, until there will be no Standard Time at all.

    • Notcleverguy

      I was just about to say the same thing.Spring Forward.

    • HotDang

      Standard time sucks. Good riddance.

      • tyrannosaurus_rek

        Pre-internet time sucks!

        Posted at internet time @775 beats

  • andrew97

    A York U student was shot on campus last night, a fact that I learned from Twitter while on the bus to York U. So far the university is being extremely cagey about the incident, only releasing a short statement via Facebook. York did not send out its usual daily email to community members this morning.

    • Jacob

      That place is one embarrassment after another.

      Given its reputation, they may as well rename it Ford U.

      • HotDang

        You get the idea it’s not the safest place in the world.

        • Jacob

          Hasn’t been for a LONG time.

          Some guy tried to corner my girlfriend there about 10 years ago, and she was only visiting.

      • andrew97

        Let’s just be clear, Ford went to Carleton. Which seems about right to me.

        • OgtheDim

          Ford probably spent less time at Carleton then he has at Steak Queen.

  • murf

    “Unless what you’re looking for is fair housing prices in downtown Toronto, amiright?”

    … what? Define fair and maybe there’s a conversation to be had. Otherwise, this is pointless sniping masquerading as caring about social justice.