Newsstand: May 15, 2009
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Newsstand: May 15, 2009

Sheppard LRT likely to be funded today, maybe streetcars (Spacing): “Mayor David Miller announced on his Twitter feed [last night] that he and Prime Minister Stephen Harper will be at the Hillcrest TTC compound at 11AM for a good news announcement. While Mayor Miller didn’t say which project would be funded, Spacing has learned that the project is likely Transit City’s Sheppard line.” [More from the Globe and the Sun.]
New ‘housing charter’ to change face of affordable housing in city (Toronto Community News): “Affordable housing projects will be able to go into any neighbourhood in the city—and current residents won’t be able to object to it—under a new ‘housing charter’ that will be going to Toronto Council at its July meeting.”
Schools hoard $7M in art (Toronto Star): “Jobs are being cut and pools are on the chopping block, but Toronto’s public school board says it would be a ‘mistake’ to sell its secret vault full of valuable paintings.”
Dhalla controversy takes twist with accounts from advocate, lawyer (CBC): “Controversy surrounding allegations of caregiver mistreatment at the hands of Liberal MP Ruby Dhalla deepened Thursday after an employee advocate and a lawyer representing an anonymous Ontario man added their voices to the mix.” [More from the Globe and the Sun.]
Ignatieff again threatens election if EI reforms not in place by summer (Canadian Press): “Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff sent his clearest signal yet that an election may be imminent if Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his minority government fail to reform Employment Insurance by the summer.”
Wheel flies off Canuck plane (Toronto Sun): “A terrifying moment was captured on tape by a Toronto-area family as a Continental Airlines flight lost one of its right wheels upon landing at Buffalo International Airport.”
Tamil protests are a ‘fad, a social event,’ student says (Toronto Star): “Protests have turned into a fad and a social event among many Tamil students in Toronto, a Scarborough teenager said yesterday. […] Tamil protesters ‘were threatening us and writing down our licence plate numbers,’ said [Sashya] Karunanayake at a news conference organized by the Sri Lanka United National Association.” [More from the Sun.]
Ontario passes bill promising to boost green projects, create jobs (CBC): “New legislation promising to create thousands of jobs and make more room for renewable energy has passed in the legislature. The green energy act is being touted as a key piece of legislation that will transform the province’s struggling economy.”