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Extra, Extra: The Ford Gravy Train, Houseboat Living, and Why Ending Poverty Is Uncharitable

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss.



Summer Festival Will Open Yonge and Bloor to Pedestrians and Cyclists

This August, Open Streets TO will turn two iconic routes into hubs of activity and exploration.

On August 17 and 31, Yonge and Bloor will be not merely be routes, but destinations.

As part of a massive street festival known as Open Streets TO, stretches of both thoroughfares will be closed to vehicular traffic and given over to pedestrians and cyclists from 8 a.m. to noon each day. The event will also allow businesses within the festival’s borders to open onto the street (while debarring outside vendors such as food trucks from participating).

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Former Supreme Court Justice Recommends Giving Toronto Police Officers Tasers and Body Cameras

Frank Iacobucci makes 84 recommendations for officers dealing with emotionally disturbed people.

In a highly anticipated report on the use of lethal force by Toronto police, former Supreme Court judge Frank Iacobucci recommends that front-line officers be equipped with body-worn cameras and Tasers and undergo enhanced training.
Keep reading: Former Supreme Court Justice Recommends Giving Toronto Police Officers Tasers and Body Cameras


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.


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.


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.


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.