Newsstand: October 29, 2009




Newsstand: October 29, 2009

Wuh-hoa! Fans of top-notch investigative reporting need not look any further than the Star’s front page, above the fold, today. The newspaper has apparently managed to get its hands on a classified photo of Omar Khadr in Afghanistan that appears to exonerate the Guantanamo Bay detainee and former child soldier in the murder of American soldier Christopher Speer. The magic photo itself, however, is conspicuously missing from the Star’s coverage, which might raise a few eyebrows. Will this be enough to change Ottawa’s longstanding policy of being cool with letting Khadr rot in an inhumane prison and then go to hell? If today’s story holds together, there’s bound to be some heat on the government—but maybe Stephen can cool things down with another Beatles cover.
Oh noez! The internet’s most popular driver is arrested! Toronto cops rounded up Tripta Kaushal yesterday after one week on the case. She’s being charged with failing to remain at the scene of an accident after—in case you missed this—driving her BMW over two parked cars. Not one parked car. Two. Kaushal rolls into court on December 1.
The TTC’s long-term budget will be taking a short turn, leaving behind $548 million worth of projects that’ll be frozen or cut outright, in addition to the $417 million they already had to cut. And the city is bailing them out with an additional $300 million. Clearly Metropass users are to blame—you monsters!
Deciding when you or your kids are sick enough to go to the hospital is a tough call, all the more so during the second wave of H1N1, when the Sick Kids ER is crammed with double its usual number of patients and hospitals are becoming the centres of their own outbreaks. Knowledge is power, and power makes you inviiincible, so now might be a good time to learn how to tell if you’ve caught the pig disease or just a plain vanilla flu.
A two-year-old and one woman escaped unharmed, but four other people were severely burned when their North York house exploded last night. The four injured men were taken to hospital, and police are saying the blast was a natural gas problem. It wouldn’t be the first time.
And we’re sorry to end with a sad story, but Toronto folk singer Taylor Mitchell, who was on her first East Coast tour, has died in a Halifax hospital after being attacked by coyotes while hiking solo in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Other hikers nearby came to her aid and scared off the animals, which rarely approach humans in the wild, but Mitchell passed away from her injuries a day later. She was only nineteen years old and had released one album, this year’s For Your Consideration, which brought her a Canadian Folk Music Award nomination. She started her career after graduating from the Etobicoke School of the Arts.
Here she is giving what turned out to be her final concert.