Newsstand: June 16, 2009
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Newsstand: June 16, 2009

Extreme makeover for John St. (Globe and Mail): “Under a massive makeover plan to be launched Tuesday by the local Business Improvement Area, John Street would be turned into a promenade linking five of six planned “character precincts” and creating a new north–south spine for a neighbourhood that is best known today for its rowdy Richmond Street club zone.”
John Tory, mulling run for mayor, criticizes the Miller years (National Post): “Toronto taxpayers are sick of paying more and getting less, and are looking for a leader who presents a clearly thought—out vision for the city’s economy, finances and infrastructure, says John Tory, who is mulling a run for mayor.”
Union and city dig in on issue of sick leave (Globe and Mail): “Sick leave remains one of the big stumbling blocks in negotiations between Toronto and its unionized workers as a strike deadline looms less than a week away and the city’s non-union employees grumble about possible deferred vacations.”
Zoo’s Tessa to be buried by Rouge River (Toronto Star): “An elephant graveyard lies on the banks of the Rouge River, on Toronto Zoo lands out of bounds to the public. [Tessa’s] health problems from birth included poor muscle tone and trouble using her trunk, he said. A 60-page autopsy performed Sunday also showed an enlarged heart.
Harper willing to talk with Ignatieff to avoid election (CBC): “But Harper insisted Ignatieff was not taking a “realistic approach,” saying major changes to EI “cannot be done on the back of an envelope in a few days.”
Moses Znaimer buys VisionTV (Toronto Star): “The media visionary who built his first empire on the backs of “Baby Blue” movies is about to try his hand at making religious TV for seniors a little sexier.”
Train plans zapped (Toronto Sun): “The city’s health board urged the province and its regional transit authority, Metrolinx, yesterday to electrify the long-awaited [Union–Pearson rail] link to reduce the effect on residents of diesel trains along the Georgetown rail corridor. [Previous coverage on Torontoist: Metrolinx Prepares to Lay Track, Bubbles to Clear the Air of Diesel Exhaust?]