Newsstand: June 23, 2009
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Newsstand: June 23, 2009

‘No hope’ of settling strike this week, union says (Globe and Mail): “While city manager Joseph Pennachetti said Monday he was optimistic a deal with 24,000 unionized indoor and outdoor workers could be reached by the end of the week, the presidents of two civic union locals offered little hope the largest municipal workers strike in Canadian history could be settled swiftly.” [More from the Star, the CBC, and CTV. Previous coverage on Torontoist: Strike Watch: Day One.]
City tells residents to obey picketers (National Post): “The city manager told residents to obey picketers who refuse to let them drop trash at city-designated sites, even as he warned of ‘zero tolerance’ for illegal dumping. ‘Please follow the instructions of the picket line captains at the transfer stations. Please remain calm,’ city manager Joe Pennachetti told reporters at Metro Hall.”
Province unlikely to act quickly on T.O. strike (CTV): “The province is the only level of government that can end the city of Toronto’s strike, but even the opposition Progressive Conservatives aren’t pushing for quick action.”
Pride Parade a firm go despite strike (CityNews): “They didn’t get to raise the rainbow at Toronto City Hall, but one of the biggest events on the summer calendar will go on as scheduled.”
LCBO workers could soon be in strike position (CTV): “With city workers walking off the job in Toronto, city residents might face some trouble drowning their sorrows if LCBO workers follow suit. The 7,200 workers, represented by OPSEU, could be on strike as early as Wednesday at 12:01 a.m. They will picket, but will not prevent shoppers from entering the stores.” [More from the Sun.]
Leaders start summer season of undeclared campaigning (Globe and Mail): “Federal politicians have kicked off a summer of undeclared election campaigning with the federal Tories moving to define Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff as soft on crime.”
Eating his words (Globe and Mail): “A legendary chef and booster of the Toronto food scene, Jamie Kennedy tells [the Globe‘s] John Allemang he’s thinking of leaving town.”
Terrorists plotted the Battle of Toronto (Toronto Sun): “A terrorist plot to start the ‘Battle of Toronto’ and blow up two downtown buildings was designed to unleash a mass wave of fear, crippling the economy and forcing Canada to pull troops out of Afghanistan, a court heard yesterday.”

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