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Weekend Newsstand: August 2, 2014

Try to stay calm, but a new fruity ice cream flavour called "Xamaleon" developed by a Spanish physicist changes colours while you eat it. Amazing, right? In the news: Eve Adams ends her bid for nomination in Oakville North-Burlington, the TDSB investigates how a man was able to impersonate being a teacher at five of its schools, taxpayers contribute $6 to provincial power-agency pensions per $1 employee contribution, pricy camera equipment goes missing from a Canada Post shipping facility, and weekend road closures.

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Conservative MP Eve Adams has dropped her nomination bid to run in the new riding of Oakville North-Burlington, citing health problems. In a statement emailed to supporters, Adams says that lingering issues related to a concussion she suffered in February are causing her to step away from the nomination. Adams currently represents the Mississauga-Brampton South federal riding, and it remains unclear whether or not she will seek re-election in that riding. Her exit from the Oakville-North Burlington nomination race ends what had become a contentious and often acrimonious contest between her and rival Natalia Lishchyna who both, at separate times, accused each other of foul play.

The Toronto District School Board is investigating how a man managed to impersonate being a teacher for two months and work at five schools, even though the was never actually employed by the TDSB. Bayol Avah, 27, was arrested and charged with personation with intent to gain advantage—a fancy term for fraud. Toronto police say that he worked as a special needs assistant and education assistant in five different schools between April 1 and June 5, 2014. A spokesperson for the TDSB says a full review of its procedures is underway to make sure this never happens again, although it probably wouldn’t be outrageous to think it should never have occurred in the first place.

Get ready for your daily cringe. According to a new government-commissioned report, taxpayers currently fork over almost $6 for every $1 employees of the province’s energy agencies contribute to their pension plans. The specific contributions vary across the four provincial power agencies, but at Hydro One, taxpayers finance 81 per cent of pension contributions. The report recommends that a move towards striking a more sensible fifty-fifty balance between taxpayer and employee contribution happens over the next five years.

A Canada Post shipping facility in Mississauga is under investigation after the owner of a high-end camera equipment rental company says that large quantities of equipment began to disappear in the middle of July. Craig Blair, the owner of Lens Rentals Canada, says that multiple boxes were taken on various dates when they were in the process of being transported by Canada Post. Blair says that he has ceased taking new orders, and is filling existing ones using Purolator in an effort to avoid Canada Post delivery centres. Canada Post says it is cooperating fully with local police, and calls it an isolated issue.

Finally, it is the long weekend and in order to enjoy it to the fullest, here are some road closures across the city that you should probably know about.

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