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Weekend Newsstand: May 31, 2014

Voting! Austerity! Rob Ford in a bar! This weekend, your news is fairly old hat. Take a look anyway, because it's still worthwhile: advance polls open today in the provincial election, Ford celebrated his birthday (sober) at a bar, and the CBC will "absolutely" be cutting more jobs and resources.

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Advance polls open today for the provincial election, and if you are unable to make it to a polling station on June 12, you are welcome to avail yourself of them. They’ll remain open until June 6. If you don’t know where to go, Elections Ontario has a helpful form that will direct you to your nearest station. Happy voting!

Mayor Rob Ford, currently on a leave of absence and receiving treatment for substance abuse issues, will be back in Toronto by July 1 for Canada Day celebrations. This news comes courtesy of Rob’s brother, City Councillor Doug Ford (Ward 2, Etobicoke North). Rob has been on a leave of absence since late April, though he has been seen in towns near his Muskoka-region rehab centre. Reports also have him celebrating his 45th birthday in a bar on Wednesday, where he drank diet pop.

There have already been massive layoffs at the CBC, but the head of English-language programming says there will be more to come. Heather Conway, who’s only six months into her job at the CBC, has already overseen cutting 657 jobs and has cancelled several under-performing TV programs, among them Arctic Air and The Ron James Show. Republic of Doyle will come to an end after the upcoming season as well. Conway says there are no immediate plans to scale back Radio 2 and only air it online, though she didn’t rule out the move for the future. With the loss of hockey rights, a major cash cow for the CBC, and a federal government whose antipathy to the broadcaster is well-known, this may not even be the worst of it.

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