Newsstand: April 28, 2015

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Newsstand: April 28, 2015

Tired of chatting about Toronto's depressing sports teams? Then check out some local news: ranked ballots could actually be a thing, a new app helps cyclists name and shame scofflaw drivers, and the grand marshal of Pride 2015 is announced.

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Ranked ballots for Ontario municipalities appear one step closer to becoming a reality. Ted McMeekin, the minister for municipal affairs and housing, told the Star that the provincial government plans to hold consultations in cities and towns across Ontario this fall, with an eye to passing a package of reforms in spring 2016. Those reforms could include a measure to curtail the 11-month long mayoral campaign, a political endurance race that rivals U.S. presidential elections in time spent campaigning.

If you’re a cyclist frustrated by cars parked in bike lanes, then there’s an app for you. TowIt lets users snap photos of scofflaw drivers and upload the location of the infraction. The existing data shows that many infractions are noticed along Adelaide, where the City installed cycle tracks in late 2014.

Filmmaker David Furnish will be the grand marshal of Toronto’s 2015 Pride Parade. Furnish, from Scarborough, is Elton John’s husband and the father of two young boys. In an interview with the Star, he expressed honour at the fact the city of his youth is more tolerant and progressive today than it was when he was growing up. The Pride Parade happens June 28.

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