Newsstand: April 23, 2009
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Newsstand: April 23, 2009

Toronto board allows use of Future Shop colours in computer labs (Toronto Star): “After an hour of arguing over what strings corporate donors should be free to attach to their gifts, trustees voted 13 to 5 last night to allow the software retailer to provide $100,000 for computer labs for two Toronto high schools to be chosen within seven kilometres of a Future Shop store and be painted in Future Shop colours.” [Previous coverage on Torontoist: Back to the Future Shop.]
Hands off: Cellphone driving ban approved (Toronto Star): “Ontario motorists will likely have until fall before it becomes illegal to use hand-held cellphones and other electronic devices like BlackBerrys and global positioning systems while at the wheel. The Legislature unanimously passed the government’s law against ‘distracted driving’ yesterday but it will take several months before associated regulations are drawn up and a public education campaign launched, said Transportation Minister Jim Bradley. Fines will be up to $500, which drivers can avoid by using a cellphone headset and voice dialing.” [More from the Sun.]
Business group meets with NHL to discuss second Toronto team (Globe and Mail): “A group of business people wants to bring a second team to the Greater Toronto Area, and the National Hockey League took the group seriously enough to grant it an audience. The unidentified group met with NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly in downtown Toronto last week, according to sources. The group proposes to build an arena at the intersection of Highways 427 and 7 in Vaughan, Ont., on land north of Pearson International Airport that’s owned by businessman Victor De Zen.”
Credit card regulations coming, Flaherty says (CTV): “With economists worried about the threat of massive amounts of credit card defaults, the Canadian government announced they are looking into new regulations to protect consumers. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty made the announcement Wednesday but did not specify the exact regulations, such as interest rate limits, the government is considering.”
Retired auto workers to take to Queen’s Park to safeguard pensions (Canadian Press): “Thousands of retired auto workers will descend on Queen’s Park today to demand pension protection for seniors. Canadian Auto Workers president Ken Lewenza says the pensioners want the government to understand that in an economic crisis, it can’t be selective about who its supports. He says the pension crisis goes beyond just the auto workers and affects all Canadians.”
Don Valley Parkway closed on weekend (CBC): “Get ready for a big-time traffic headache in Toronto this weekend. The city’s transportation department says the Don Valley Parkway will be closed Saturday and Sunday for spring maintenance. ‘This is important work that needs to be done to maintain safe travel conditions,’ said Gary Welsh, general manager of the city’s transportation services, in a news release. […] The heavily used artery connecting Highway 401 with the Gardiner Expressway will be closed in both directions from Saturday at 2 a.m. to Monday at 5 a.m.”

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