Newsstand: June 3, 2009
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Newsstand: June 3, 2009

Toronto councillors seek to sue on public dime (National Post): “Toronto councillors could soon be able to sue each other, the media or members of the public for libel and have their legal bills covered by the city under a policy approved yesterday by the executive committee. Although councillors can currently defend themselves from libel actions with taxpayer money, a policy permitting them to launch defamation suits with public funds would be a Canadian first, according to a city report.” [More from the Toronto Star.]
Tunnel vision at island airport (Toronto Star): “With the goal of a bridge to the Toronto island airport long dead, officials are now floating the idea of digging a pedestrian tunnel to the island deep below Lake Ontario.”
SPCA suspends status of shelter (Globe and Mail): “The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals suspended the affiliate status of the Toronto Humane Society yesterday and launched an investigation into allegations of animal cruelty with an inspection of the shelter’s River Street facility.”
City Hall vote leaves Gardiner Expressway’s fate up in the air (CityNews): “It took all day but on Tuesday, it was apparent where sentiment at City Hall was running—the mayor’s Executive Committee decided to go ahead with an environmental assessment that will decide the controversial highway’s fate once and for all.” [More from CP24 and the National Post. Previous coverage on Torontoist: Going Nowhere, Slowly?]
Teens need more sex ed, survey finds (Toronto Star): “The results of the Toronto Teen Survey, the most comprehensive survey done to date, collected information from 1,216 teens between the ages of 13-18, and found that sexual health services in the city are not adequately addressing the needs of the city’s diverse youth.” [More from the CBC.]
Ottawa’s $170-billion challenge (Globe and Mail): “The federal government is heading for a string of much larger than expected deficits over half a decade that will drive Ottawa more than $170-billion into debt, a new independent forecast warns. The projection by the Toronto-Dominion Bank, whose economics department is regularly consulted by Ottawa, is twice the $85-billion in deficits forecast by the Harper government in its January budget.”
Stronach has plan to build electric cars in Canada (CTV): “Canadian auto parts magnate Frank Stronach, chairman of Magna International Inc., hopes to mass produce electric cars and motors in Canada within three years.”