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Newsstand: August 28, 2014

Tim Hortons debuted a spicy, savoury doughnut called the “Buffalo Crunch” at the Great New York State Fair this week. The treat is covered in buffalo-style chicken wing sauce and crunched-up kettle chips. If that wasn’t already enough, tortilla strips wade in a pool of buffalo sauce at the centre. Be honest, you’d probably try it. In the news: the new location for Cornerstone Place shelter gets approved by council, a UofT satellite goes rogue in space, the Rouge Valley privacy breach widens, and a Sunwing flight gets rerouted back to Toronto due to disruptive passengers.

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City council has approved plans to relocate the Cornerstone Place shelter to a location on Vaughan Road, close to Oakwood Avenue. The shelter, which had operated at St. Clair Avenue West for over a decade, was forced to relocated after the property that housed it was sold to a developer. While City staff had recommended that council approve the new location, some local residents have been less than thrilled about the idea of the shelter moving into the neighbourhood. Andrew Ross, the chair of the Oakwood Village Community Association, said a men’s shelter would be a poor fit in the neighbourhood because the area lacks social services and is known to be struggling with drug activity recently.

Researchers at the University of Toronto have been unable to contact one of the two million-dollar satellites launched into orbit on June 19. “BRITE-Montreal” and “BRITE-Toronto” were sent into space as part of an international partnership to study some of the brightest stars in the sky, and while contact was established with “Toronto” after launch, researchers have been unable to locate “Montreal” in its planned orbit. It is believed that the satellite may still be stuck inside the upper part of the Russian rocket that launched it, which gives the team some hope that it could still be located and contacted if part of the clamping mechanism that keeps it inside the rocket deteriorates enough over time to deploy on its own. In the meantime, “Toronto” has been doing its job like a boss, carrying out observations of the Centaurus and Cygnus constellations.

The privacy breach at Rouge Valley Centenary keeps growing. Previously, 8,300 patients who gave birth at the hospital between 2009 and 2013 were notified that two former employees had sold their personal information to a company selling RESPs. Now, the health network has also notified another 6,150 patients at sister campus, Rouge Valley Ajax and Pickering, that their information was also leaked by the same two people. The two hospitals share an electronic database, which allowed the employees in question to access patients’ contact details, health card numbers and their newborns’ vital statistics.

Flight delays, lost luggage, and crying babies are all common ingredients for a miserable flying experience, but it is pretty doubtful you’ve ever been on a flight quite this terrible. Yesterday, a Sunwing flight heading to Cuba had to be escorted back to Toronto with the assistance of military planes after two passengers became disruptive. According to Sunwing officials, things got messy after two women dipped into their duty free alcohol stash in the airplane washroom and then decided to light a cigarette. This prompted the smoke detector to go off. The pair then proceeded to get into a fight and made unknown threats to the aircraft. Once the plane had safely landed, the pair were taken off the plane and arrested.

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