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Archive for 'Elizabeth Fraser'

Weekend Newsstand: August 16, 2014

Vulcan, Alberta hopes to raise $2 billion to make a working spacecraft. Is there a more fitting cause for Kickstarter? We think not. In the news: CUPE takes issue with Rob Ford's bomb threat handling, bike impounding in front of a Hudson's Bay shop will cease, undocumented immigrants say they were targeted by a recent vehicle safety blitz, and the late Steve McQueen's Ferrari goes up for auction.

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Newsstand: August 13, 2014

Rare panda triplets were recently born in China, and the first photos of them just became available yesterday. Man, are they ever ugly babies! Seriously, they are not cute. In the news: Baldwin Street is left in tatters due to the construction at Dundas and Spadina, Wi-Fi is coming to more subway stations, Toronto’s Chilean community may finally get a street named after Salvador Allende, and a Toronto woman challenges the federal government over a new U.S. banking law.

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Newsstand: August 7, 2014

Yesterday Canada’s Wonderland announced that it would be retiring SkyRider, the first-ever stand-up roller coaster built in the country, in order to make room for new development. Nothing lasts forever. In the news: David Soknacki vows to cut $65 million from the police budget, west-end residents voice opposition to a proposed homeless shelter, a Roma family makes a plea for special permission to remain in Canada, and a major gas leak on King West.

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Newsstand: August 6, 2014

Over the weekend, actor Jeff Goldblum and his fiancée attended the nuptials of a Toronto couple and helped the bridal party pose for a Jurassic Park-inspired wedding photo. You might as well give up now, bridezillas—your wedding will never live up to that. In the news: Giorgio Mammoliti blames councillors Mike Layton and Gord Perks for drug-related deaths at VELD Music Festival, the City looks at terminating the lease of City Hall’s cafeteria operator over unpaid fees, an Oakville man invents a date rape drug detection device, and a flashy Mississauga Road mansion that's up for auction is not Don Cherry’s former home.

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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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Newsstand: July 30, 2014

A four-minute trailer for an upcoming crossover episode of The Simpsons and Family Guy was released at Comic Con. But does anyone care about either show anymore? In the news: A new charge is laid in the shooting death of Sammy Yatim, John Tory thinks his SmartTrack plan will boost business in Liberty Village, a letter from the TTC bus driver who ran a red light, and a Newmarket family gets stranded at sea for 17 hours.

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Newsstand: July 29, 2014

As July wanes we quickly approach the August long weekend, or Simcoe Day as we Torontonians call it. Our Hamilton neighbours call it George Hamilton Day, which is either to honour the city’s “official” founder, or the perfectly bronzed character actor from the show Dynasty. In the news: Mayor Rob Ford’s campaign team clashes with East York debate organizers; plagiarism accusations surround a city council hopeful; and Etobicoke neighbours argue over home redesigns.

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Newsstand: July 24, 2014

According to an Algerian news agency, air navigation services lost track of a Swiftair plane—Flight AH5017—50 minutes after takeoff in Burkina Faso en route to Algiers, early this morning, with 116 people aboard the flight. In less-startling news: phone numbers in the 416 area code are worth a pretty penny, online and phone voting in the upcoming municipal election is cancelled for disabled citizens, the City has a new transportation centre, and mayoral candidates talk pedestrian safety.

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Newsstand: July 23, 2014

A spokesman for the the provincial liquor control agency says Ford Fest was denied a booze permit because the event was deemed not “municipally significant.” So many jokes, so little time. In the news: The police services board and Michael Thompson avoid public court battle, Carol Wilding exits the Toronto Region Board of Trade, dooring incidents are highest on College Street, and a TTC bus narrowly misses hitting a pedestrian in Scarborough.

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Weekend Newsstand: July 19, 2014

Apparently Jon Bon Jovi is part of a Toronto group that has expressed interest in buying the Buffalo Bills. Because nothing says “Toronto!” like Bon Jovi and the NFL. In the news: A 24-year-old Ajax man was among the passengers of downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, David Soknacki wants to make early-morning commuting free, a crackdown on leash-free dog walking, and a new Ford enters politics.

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Newsstand: July 17, 2014

The Honda Indy takes place this weekend. Expensive, silly-looking cars going around in circles for a long time. Fun. In the news: a Canada Post employee gives an earful of expletives to a cyclist, new guidelines for Ontario police forces regarding what info can and cannot be included on a background check, and the provincial opposition parties are worried that public agencies like the LCBO will be put up for sale.

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