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Extra, Extra: A New Liberal Cabinet, the Cost of Homelessness, and Sir John A. Macdonald Station

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  • Ontario, you have a new Liberal cabinet. Eric Hoskins is the new Deb Matthews, Steven Del Duca is the new Glen Murray, and Charles Sousa remains Charles Sousa. Glen Murray has become the minister of environment and climate change, and Mitzie Hunter is now associate finance minister—which means she gets to tackle the made-in-Ontario pension plan.
  • In the Grid, Edward Keenan looks at the financial and moral ramifications of housing the homeless, why suggestions about criminalizing homelessness are insane, and how Toronto’s experience echoes the claims of Malcolm Gladwell.
  • For those of you who were hoping Union Station would at some point become Sir John A. Macdonald Station: How do you feel about plazas? On July 2, the executive committee will consider recommendations from the director of the Toronto Office of Partnerships: two of the director’s recommendation are that “City Council direct that Union Station not be re-named to Sir John A. Macdonald Station” and “City Council authorize, upon completion of the Union Station revitalization, that the plaza that is being redeveloped in front of Union Station be formally named after Sir John A. Macdonald.”

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