Newsstand: August 5, 2009
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Newsstand: August 5, 2009

Plan to revamp Union Station tops agenda (National Post): “A $640-million plan to revitalize Union Station will top the agenda when Toronto council gets down to business today for its first regular session since a crippling strike brought the city’s business to a halt.”
‘I Would Have Voted No’ (National Post): “Mayor David Miller should consider himself lucky that two members of his inner circle, both bitterly opposed to the new CUPE contracts, chose to take a vacation instead of cast their votes on Friday.”
U.S. official traded visas for jewellery, Vegas trip with Toronto strippers (Globe and Mail): “A former official at Toronto’s U.S. consulate was sentenced to one year in prison Wednesday for expediting visas in exchange for jewellery and a trip to Las Vegas with three dancers from the Brass Rail Tavern strip club.”
Schadenfreude does not apply (Globe and Mail): “Worry not. Despite all that seems to be going wrong with the place—from the city’s budget crunch and leadership vacuum to its infrastructure woes and the current stalling of the Ontario economy it motors—the decay in Toronto is mostly just organic.”
Anything goes—on the garbage truck (Toronto Star): “Greg Penney had good reason to celebrate the first regular day of garbage pickup after the city workers’ strike—and it wasn’t because he had a lot of trash to get rid of. The Upper Beach resident, who usually picks through the garbage near his house for bottles and items of value, struck gold yesterday. Before noon, he had already found a 15-speed bike, more than nine kilograms of copper and brass fittings, $10 worth of bottles, a Maple Leafs clock in a shadow box and a full bottle of beer.”
TIFF to feature 70 homegrown films (Globe and Mail): “The Toronto International Film Festival will feature 70 Canadian films at this year’s 10-day event, including world premieres of Atom Egoyan’s thriller Chloe, Dilip Mehta’s New Delhi-based comedy Cooking With Stella and the much-anticipated romantic drama Cairo Time from Montreal’s Ruba Nadda.”
TSX closes above 11,000 for first time in 2009 (CTV): “The Toronto stock market reached a symbolic landmark Tuesday, with its main index closing above 11,000 points for the first time since Oct. 1 when investors began to realize that Canada was being dragged into a major recession.”