Newsstand: June 17, 2009
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Newsstand: June 17, 2009

Harper, Ignatieff hash out EI deal in bid to stave off election (Globe and Mail): “Stephen Harper and Michael Ignatieff are working on a deal to spare Canadians from a summer election that would see them appoint a blue-ribbon panel to help resolve their differences over boosting employment insurance benefits.” [More from the Star and Canwest.]
Backyard chickens? Toronto thinking it over (CBC): “New York and Chicago already have it—now Toronto is considering joining those cities and allowing residents to raise chickens in their backyards. Toronto’s park and environment committee is considering a pilot project that would permit people to keep the poultry on their property.”
Jewish groups call for changes at York University (National Post): “York University teachers should be prohibited from expressing personal political views unrelated to the course they are teaching, according to a report from a commission of Toronto-area Jewish groups on improving campus life for Jewish students.”
U of T joins cyber campaign to keep Iranians Tweeting (CTV): “The University of Toronto’s Munk Centre for International Studies is one of many groups that have been providing software to Iranian Internet users to bypass government restrictions on web access.”
Recession fuels drug turf war (Toronto Star): “Toronto police officials say the economic downturn is one factor in a violent turf war playing out in the city, as dealers flood the market and buyers find themselves hard up for cash.”
Rival Yorkville hair salons in ugly battle (Toronto Star): “A dispute between two of Yorkville’s ritziest hair salons has degenerated into a sniping war involving seized garbage, surprise searches and a $6.4 million lawsuit.”
More ammunition for Miller’s streetcar bid (Globe and Mail): “Mayor David Miller, facing a June 27 deadline to convince the province and federal government to chip in on a $1.2-billion deal with Bombardier for 204 new streetcars, was handed new ammunition Tuesday in the form of an independent analysis of its economic benefits.”