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Newsstand: July 11, 2014

Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany did not receive an Emmy nomination. We believe that's what people refer to in the business as a ridiculous, inexplicable, unforgivable snub. In the news: Toronto gets a giant Pan Am countdown clock, Ottawa- and Montreal-bound Via passengers will face disruptions this morning, and remembering Abshir Hassan.

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Almost exactly a year from now, Toronto will be hosting the Pan Am Games and the Parapan Am Games. And in case you’re in danger of hitting October 2014 and being confused as to how many days remain until the launch of those games, or just generally find it difficult to calculate on the spot how many days, hours, and minutes remain before a certain much-anticipated event, Cisco Systems Inc. has built the city a Pan Am countdown clock. It involves a 18-foot-high metal frame and will feature a high-definition screen, and, of course, various things that people can touch, tap, and interact with. And very soon, you’ll be able to look at it yourself: it will be officially unveiled as part of the #WeArePanAm Party being held today at Nathan Phillips Square.

If you were hoping to travel by Via train to Montreal or Ottawa early today, you might be out of luck. Because of yesterday’s CN train derailment near Brockville, Via will be replacing six morning trains with buses. No one was injured in the derailment, but CN workers remain on site investigating what caused the freight train to derail, and clearing away its cars.

A funeral will be held today for 31-year-old teacher Abshir Hassan, who was shot and killed Tuesday while out moving his car to avoid getting a parking ticket. A master’s student at York University, Hassan had returned to the neighbourhood he grew up in to teach at Lawrence Heights Middle School. “Abshir was a role model, he was a leader, he was a great guy and they loved him,” said community activist Abdi Mohamed. “He was always available. His heart was full of passion, of how to support youth and children in an at-risk community.”

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