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Newsstand: July 30, 2014

A four-minute trailer for an upcoming crossover episode of The Simpsons and Family Guy was released at Comic Con. But does anyone care about either show anymore? In the news: A new charge is laid in the shooting death of Sammy Yatim, John Tory thinks his SmartTrack plan will boost business in Liberty Village, a letter from the TTC bus driver who ran a red light, and a Newmarket family gets stranded at sea for 17 hours.

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Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit has laid a new charge against Toronto police Constable James Forcillo in the shooting death of Sammy Yatim. According to Peter Brauti, the lawyer representing Forcillo, he will face an indictment of attempted murder in addition to the current charge of second-degree murder in the death of Yatim. Brauti claims this is an attempt by the prosecution to create a “fallback position” to obtain a conviction even if the jury is not convinced there was probable cause for second-degree murder. Forcillo is expected to be in court today to set a date for his upcoming trial.

Mayoral candidate John Tory was in Liberty Village yesterday trying to drum up support for his SmartTrack plan, which he says would pave the way for a boost to area businesses. Tory’s plan includes a Liberty Village surface subway stop, which he claims would make the area more accessible to prospective employees who business owners say are difficult to recruit due to a lack of appropriate transit options. SmartTrack—which would be built almost entirely on existing GO tracks once they are electrified—would take seven years to complete, according to Tory.

The TTC bus driver who was caught on video running a red light on Eglinton Avenue and narrowly missing a pedestrian was fired on Monday over the incident. Bob Kinnear, president of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113, says the penalty is inordinately harsh, given the fact that nearly every driver has run a red light at some point in their life. While the union will not contest the decision handed down by the TTC, it urged that the driver be shown some leniency, suggesting that a transfer to a non-driving position would be more fitting. TTC spokesman Brad Ross has said there is no excuse for the operator’s actions and they will not respond to the union’s request for a more lenient penalty. Meanwhile, the union has released a letter written by the bus operator to TTC management providing further insight into the incident. The driver—who was on probation six months into her employment with the TTC—says that she saw the pedestrian, but after noticing the light had turned red she felt that she could not stop safely without ending up in the intersection she was approaching. This led her ultimately to speed up and manoeuvre the bus into the middle lane in order to avoid the pedestrian.

A Newmarket family of four was stranded at sea for 17 hours off the coast of Massachusetts after their whale watching expedition went awry. Craig Bawden says his wife and two children were among 157 passengers aboard a Boston Harbour Cruise that got caught on a mooring cable on Monday and had to be rescued by the United States Coast Guard. It was a miserable experience, recounts Bawden, who said many passengers got seasick due to rough waters. Gross.

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