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Newsstand: March 3, 2016

In the news: prominent Toronto pastor speaks out against doctor-assisted suicide, CUPE 79 lockout may cause more problems, and a 51 Division officer does a nice thing.

A prominent Toronto cardinal is speaking out against a new legislation that will legalize doctor-assisted suicide. Cardinal Thomas Collins is arguing that the new practice will amount to “religious discrimination,” forcing “medical professionals to act against their conscience.” He said, “Once we make people’s worthiness to live dependent on how well they function, our society has crossed the boundary into a dangerous territory in which people are treated as objects that can be discarded as useless.” His comments come one day after Canada’s first legal case of doctor-assisted suicide outside of Quebec. The Supreme Court has given the federal government until June 6 to pen a new legislation on the practice.

An inside workers’ strike or lockout may threaten summer camps and summertime recreational programs. City spokesperson Wynna Brown confirmed that a CUPE 79 workers’ strike—which may happen over the March 14 to 18 spring break—could cause a delay in summer program registration. The strike could also pose difficulty for parents searching for spring break childcare programs, sending parents scrambling to find other alternatives.

51 Division officer Ed Parks is being praised for taking a diabetic homeless man out for lunch. Officer Parks was spotted by a passerby who reported that Parks had asked about the man’s blood sugar, and offered to take him out for coffee and a cookie. The outing then turned into a full lunch after the homeless man was said to be hungry. The unnamed passerby wrote an email to police praising Officer Parks, stating, “Officers who go out of their way to ensure all citizens are okay renew my faith in the police.” D’aww, us too.

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