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Newsstand: April 2, 2014

Ah, Wednesday, it seems we're always running into you here. Today, island airport decision deferred, you may soon be able to buy booze with your breakfast cereal, and free coach house, anyone?

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In a rare decision that pleased everyone, city council voted yesterday to go forward with talks that might eventually someday possibly lead to jets and extended runways at Billy Bishop airport. While the decision allows officials to negotiate with the Toronto Port Authority and Transport Canada to define the details of such a proposal, it defers any decision until at least next year, after the October municipal elections.

Bad news for the Wine Rack store in the Loblaws down the street where you go when you’re too drunk to drive to the LCBO. The province has approved a pilot project to open LCBO outlets in 10 Ontario grocery stores, including two in Toronto. The initial outlets will be placed in areas that have been identified as having a liquor store “service gap.” Besides being located in a sad, terrifying alcohol desert, supermarkets applying to be part of the project will be required to set aside at least 2000 square feet for the kiosk, so you likely won’t be seeing one in your local variety store anytime soon.

Toronto Water says 256 fire hydrants have been knocked out of commission by the tough winter, but there’s no need to worry because City regulations stipulate that hydrants be no farther than 100 metres apart. You still can’t park in front of them, though.

Are you looking for a genuine Victorian coach house to spruce up your estate, or maybe to keep the servants in when you’re not using them? An 1889 building is slated to be torn down to make way for an extension to Casey House hospice on Jarvis Street, and yesterday Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Ward 27, Toronto Centre–Rosedale) tweeted that (like your mom) it could belong to anyone willing to move it. Be warned: moving a house is an expensive undertaking and you should always measure first to make sure it will fit.

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