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Newsstand: August 12, 2014

O CAPTAIN! My Captain! Our fearful trip is done. Robin Williams, you will be missed. In the news: No bombs at City Hall, a possible ban on e-cigarettes, the CNE improves food safety regulations, and the Shangri-La prohibits balcony use due to falling glass.

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As it turns out, there are no bombs at City Hall. Although, if you glanced at the highly creative grammar and syntax used in the alleged bomb threat email that was sent to Mayor Rob Ford yesterday demanding his resignation, it should come as no surprise that this was a hoax. Police say they checked City Hall and found no evidence of a threat.

Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health would like to see the use of electronic cigarettes banned wherever smoking is currently banned in the city. A new report to the Board of Health dubs battery-operated cigarettes, which do not contain tobacco, a potential health risk because of second-hand vapour. The report also says there are concerns that e-cigarettes normalize smoking culture, which may have a negative impact on youth smoking while also undermining tobacco control legislation. If Queen’s Park does not amend the Smoke-Free Ontario Act to include a ban on e-cigarettes by February 2015, the report suggests that the Medical Officer of Health will move forward to create a by-law banning their use in public places. The provincial government says it wants the federal government to take a more active role in e-cigarette regulation, since Health Canada has currently refused to approve the sale of the devices or their cartridges, which contain nicotine.

As the Canadian National Exhibition gets set to open on August 15, organizers want you to know they have turned the page on the now-infamous contaminated cronut burger debacle of 2013, which caused more than 200 people to fall ill. New health policies for the 1,000 licensed food vendors include stricter regulations on off-site preparation methods, refrigeration, and transportation. Toronto Public Health is also reviewing the list of foods used by each vendor, and says that there is currently no cause for concern. Twenty City inspectors will also be onsite during the CNE and will make visits to each vendor at least twice, ensuring your gluttonous safety to gorge on bacon-wrapped everything without fear of nasty side-effects.

Condo residents at the Shangri-La hotel have been told not to use their balconies after several incidents of falling glass prompted the City to issue an order to remedy unsafe building conditions on August 5. The City has requested that balcony access be prevented until tests can be run on the tempered glass to check for nickel sulfide inclusions, which can cause breakage. The test could take up to a month to complete, and the Shangri-La owners say plans were already underway at the time of the order to replace glass on the building’s two facades.

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