Newsstand: April 22, 2009
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Newsstand: April 22, 2009

T.O. posts lowest crime rate (Toronto Sun): “Statistics Canada—using a new crime severity index developed with help from police, justice officials and academics—reports Toronto had the lowest ranking out of the 27 metropolitan areas in the country in 2007. That year, Toronto also had the lowest rate of police-reported crimes for cities across the land, with 4,278 offences called in to cops per 100,000 of population.” [More coverage from the Globe.]
Province To Provide Funds For Keeping Toronto School Pools Open (CityNews): “The province has confirmed it will come through with funding to save all the city’s swimming facilities, which have been threatened with closure over the past few seasons. […] ‘This debate has gone on for long enough,’ [Premier Dalton] McGuinty said. ‘We’re there for the capital dollars.'” [More from the Globe. Previous coverage on Torontoist: Don’t Be Crool To Your Pool.]
Toronto City Hall gets $21 M green makeover (National Post): “On the eve of Earth Day, Mayor David Miller today announced $21 million worth of measures to green Toronto City Hall and turn it into a showcase for environmental technologies. The city will spend $2.3 million for a green roof, and $6.8 million to make the building more energy efficient, mainly with new windows.”
U of T students seek to block flat-tuition fees (Globe and Mail): “Students at the University of Toronto will be in court tomorrow in a bid to halt the introduction of a flat tuition fee for incoming arts and science undergraduates at its downtown campus this September.” [Previous coverage on Torontoist: U of T’s Student Unions Take Flat Fees to the Courts; U of T Considering Telling Its Poorer and Busier Students to FCE Off.]
Key overnight rate hits rock bottom (Toronto Star): “The [Bank of Canada], which tries to keep the economy moving ahead steadily, yesterday took the most drastic step in its 75-year history in an effort to stimulate business and consumer spending to revive growth. It cut its influential overnight rate to 0.25 per cent, the lowest practical level possible, and adopted the unprecedented tactic of advising Canadians that it has no intention of pushing borrowing costs back up for the next year.”
Despite trade dispute, Ontario joins Quebec in restricting use of pesticides (Globe and Mail): “Ontario will enact the toughest rules in Canada when its pesticide ban takes effect today, a move that could land the province in the legal crosshairs of an international trade dispute.”
GO plans anger residents (Toronto Star): “What started as a pocket of opposition in Weston is rapidly becoming a river of outrage running down the GO Georgetown line, where one of the biggest transit expansions in Toronto history is underway.”