Newsstand: July 29, 2009
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Newsstand: July 29, 2009

Local 416 still working to complete an agreement with the city (CP24): “The union representing outside civic workers says it is still working to complete the final pieces of a settlement with the City of Toronto, meaning workers from TCEU Local 416 could have their ratification vote delayed.” [More from the National Post. Previous coverage on Torontoist: Both Unions Agree On Tentative Strike Deal.]
Let’s get to work, Mayor says (Toronto Star): “Facing intense pressure to get the city moving again, Mayor David Miller announced late last night that striking civic workers can get back on the job as soon as they ratify their new collective agreements.”
Bankable sick days at issue in strike have legitimate political roots (CityNews): “Reports that a 36-day strike by Toronto’s city workers ended with a deal allowing them to continue cashing in unused sick days seem unpalatable to some, given that thousands of Canadians have recently lost their jobs.” [More from the Globe.]
Theft charges laid against TTC collectors (National Post): “Police have charged three Toronto Transit Commission ticket-booth employees with theft after they allegedly pocketed subway fares, and detectives say they expect more arrests.”
Toronto Hydro account information may have been stolen (National Post): “Police are investigating the breach and Toronto Hydro cautions customers not to give out personal financial information to anyone claiming to be from the company.”
Ontario’s budget deficit jumps to $18.5 billion (Canadian Press): “A $2.8-billion drop in revenues is being blamed for Ontario’s growing deficit—a figure that ballooned to $18.5 billion in June amid a massive government bailout to the struggling auto industry.”
Finch Avenue sinkholes raise infrastructure concerns (Toronto Community News): “Max Lipin shook his head as he looked in the direction of the two Finch Avenue sinkholes between Dufferin Street and Wilmington Avenue. ‘What does this say about the state of our infrastructure?’ he asked. ‘Does it surprise me? Yes it does. Toronto is a major city, things like this shouldn’t happen here. At least no one was hurt.'”