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Weekend Newsstand: October 11, 2014

It's Thanksgiving, a time when we celebrate the long weekend with friends and family and, maybe, reflect on the colonization of this country that led to this holiday. Before you get into that heady stuff, here's some local news: former mayor Art Eggleton thinks mayoral campaigns should be shorter, a little-known candidate took the stage at Friday's mayoral debate, and the Ontario Transportation Ministry will no longer conduct road safety blitzes with the Canadian Border Services Agency.

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Newsstand: October 10, 2014

Malala Yousafzai, a 17-year-old who fights for girls' right to education in Pakistan, won the Nobel Peace Prize today. How many 17-year-olds do you know who are even aware of the Nobel Peace Prize? Congratulations, Malala. In the local news: a Hungarian man attempting to visit his long-distance girlfriend was refused entry to Canada, John Tory has an ambitious housing plan, and Tory and Olivia Chow battle for endorsements.

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Newsstand: October 7, 2014

It has been confirmed that Twin Peaks will return to Showtime in 2016 for a nine-episode run. Original writer Mark Frost will write all the episodes and co-creator David Lynch is set to direct. We can only hope that Kyle MacLachlan will reprise his role as Agent Cooper, if only so we can learn what Laura Palmer meant when she said she would see him again in 25 years. In the news: Doug Ford is gaining ground in the latest election poll, the clash between the TCHC and a Regent Park woman who refuses to leave her condemned apartment building continues, the Liberty Village Express makes a successful debut, and former Liberal MP Ruby Dhalla will not be making a political comeback.

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Newsstand: October 6, 2014

Dr. Stephen Scherer of Sick Kids Hospital didn't win the Nobel Prize in medicine, announced today, but he's still accomplished more than most of us ever will. In the news: a new world poutine-eating champ was crowned Saturday, Doug Ford had to answer for some of Rob Ford's colourful language, the province's health minister wants more transparency, and the new TTC chief operating officer has a lot of big ideas.

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Newsstand: October 4, 2014

Is everyone ready for some rainy public art? That's right, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche happens tonight! If you can stomach the crowds, it's a great way to pack a year's worth of modern art appreciation into one night. Here's some news before the excitement starts: the city's real estate market is as hot as ever, the Toronto patient tested for Ebola doesn't have it, three children are being tested for a different illness, and Olivia Chow comes out as a progressive (finally).

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Newsstand: October 3, 2014

Morgan the Great Dane, the world's tallest female dog and an Ontario resident, has died at six years old. Happy Friday? In the news today, and it doesn't get much better: a patient in the city is being tested for Ebola, racism plagues Olivia Chow (and we're noticing because there's an election), illegal basement apartments abound in the city, sexual assaults are happening near Trinity Bellwoods, and the chair of the Toronto Police Services Board wants the force to become a leader in mental health.

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Newsstand: October 2, 2014

Yesterday, a woman jumped into a moving parking patrol car and prevented it from entering oncoming traffic on Avenue Road after the patrol officer exiting the vehicle tripped and ended up having his foot run over by the car. Sure it might be one of the most confusing narrow-miss accidents ever, but it definitely has a Hollywood romantic comedy ring to it. Someone call Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan—we’ve got a mediocre movie to make! In the news: Doug Ford wants to slash the land transfer tax, the Cherry streetcar won’t be up and running until 2016, nearly half of Torontonians live paycheque to paycheque, and the TDSB will likely nix a partnership with the Confucius Institute.

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