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Extra, Extra: Another Bookstore Is Closing, Rob Ford Has Back Pain, and a Liberal “Samurai” Sets His Sights on Toronto

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  • Unlike most bad things, which we all know come in threes, bookstore closings appear to come in dozens. Now it’s the Chapters at John and Richmond streets that’s on its way out. Remember when it seemed as if bookstores with class and character were doomed to be replaced with big-box-style, book-and-also-candle-selling retail bunkers? Well, it’s possible those bunkers are also doomed, and that in years to come, we’ll find ourselves indulging in chain-bookstore nostalgia.
  • Toronto city council was considering a contentious and controversial topic today: Porter’s proposal to fly jets out of the island airport. Obviously, that’s the kind of topic the mayor would want to discuss—which is why it’s a shame that a back problem or a personal problem or some combination of those two things kept Rob Ford away from City Hall until 1 p.m.
  • Liberal MP Jim Karygiannis has announced that he will be leaving federal politics in order to run for Toronto city council. He is known for his “bare-knuckle organizing” skills and his “hardball style of politics,” and has referred to himself as the “last samurai” of the Liberal party, so we’re guessing he probably won’t end up trying to make the upcoming municipal election a softer, gentler, softball-ier kind of election.

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