Newsstand: April 24, 2009
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Newsstand: April 24, 2009

Toronto Gay Pride tour packages launched (Toronto Star): “Toronto tour packages featuring such events as same-sex weddings, women’s golf and a Libido Dance Party are to be offered internationally during this summer’s Gay Pride Week. Launched in association with and Rainbow High Vacations, the packages aim to boost visitor traffic from neighbouring provinces and states, Pride Toronto director Tracey Sandilands told a news conference [Wednesday].”
Island airport to be ‘revitalized,’ Porter says (Toronto Star): “Critics of Toronto’s downtown Island airport who hoped it would fade away are en route to a disappointment: Porter Airlines has scheduled a ceremonial announcement, saying the facility ‘is being revitalized with additional jobs and flights.’ […] ‘Details of an ongoing new terminal infrastructure project will be available as part of a ceremony at the airport,’ Porter promised.” [Previous coverage on Torontoist: Heroes of 2008: Porter Airlines; Porter Air Says: Take That, YYZ.]
Vaughan mayor, husband charged (Toronto Star): “Vaughan Mayor Linda Jackson and her husband, Mario Campese, have been formally charged with violations of election finance rules in the run-up to her narrow 2006 victory against former mayor Michael Di Biase. Jackson was served with 68 charges at her home yesterday afternoon by a representative of independent prosecutor Timothy Wilkin, who was hired by Vaughan City Council to determine whether such charges should be laid under the Municipal Elections Act.”
Steep decline in Canadian economy could force central bank to take dramatic steps (Canadian Press): “The Bank of Canada says the country’s economy shrank at the steepest pace in at least 50 years in the first quarter of 2009, a decline that could lead it to take dramatic new steps to help relieve stressed financial markets. Gross domestic product fell an estimated 7.3 per cent—the biggest contraction since comparable records began being kept in 1961. The central bank says another shock would spur it to move in a new direction now that it’s policy interest rate is at rock bottom.”
Chrysler-CAW deal likely by Friday, union head says (CBC): “The Canadian Auto Workers expects to have a deal with Chrysler by Friday morning, union president Ken Lewenza says. ‘With a good effort from everybody, we should have this done sometime by tomorrow morning,’ he told reporters Thursday night in Toronto, adding that his members will likely make concessions.”
Economic education focus of private meeting by councillors (Toronto Community News): “The [economic development] committee and interested councillors were gathered to hear from economic experts like the Conference Board of Canada’s Anne Golden and CIBC senior economist Benjamin Tal, on their best guesses for Toronto’s future in light of the global recession. Such presentations aren’t unusual […] But the fact that the discussion was taking place behind closed doors, without reporters, TV cameras, or the public present raised some eyebrows.”
Toronto FC fans not hooligans, police say after road flare incident (National Post): “Two teenagers were arrested for throwing lit road flares onto the field and into the stands during the closing minutes of a Toronto FC match [Wednesday], a few weeks after a Toronto fan was Tasered by police while celebrating after a game in Columbus. […] One flare reached the pitch, setting a section of BMO Field’s artificial turf on fire and causing an estimated $2,000 in damage. The second flare hit the lap of a woman sitting in the southeast section of the stadium, causing minor burns to her upper thigh, said [14 Division Inspector Paul] Vorvis.”