Newsstand: December 14, 2010
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Newsstand: December 14, 2010

Illustration by Jeremy Kai/Torontoist.

On this frigid Tuesday: Cameron House loses its co-owner, York U loses heat, and a family loses in court.

Paul Sannella, co-owner of Queen Street West’s Cameron House, passed away on the weekend. Sannella, his sister, and a friend turned the rundown hotel into a haven for artists and musicians. Some of the musical talent even roomed upstairs back in the day.
Two men accused in the second-degree murder of eleven-year-old Ephraim Brown were acquitted by a jury yesterday. Family members were distraught at the verdict. Said Brown’s mother, “This justice system is one screwed up justice system.” The testimony of the only witness to identify the accused, Akiel Eubank and Gregory Sappleton, was apparently contradictory to other accounts of the shooting. Brown died after being shot during a gun fight between rival gangs in 2007.
It’s like a throw-back to the good ol’ days when you got a break because that exam you weren’t quite (or not at all) ready for got cancelled, because of a snowstorm, say. It wasn’t wintery weather alone that was at work at York University, though. Instead, a fire at Keele Campus, which caused students to be evacuated from residences, cancelled exams. The fire damaged steam boilers and generators, which made the exam halls too cold. Winter wins again! The keeners weren’t so happy about it, but naturally the slackers were stoked.
Karen Stintz is the new chair of the TTC, and when the nine-member commission meets for its first session on Wednesday, it’s sure to be a doozey, what with Ford planning to kill Transit City and make the TTC an essential service, for starters. Stintz’s main concerns, though, are the fare system and cleanliness. For more of Stintz’s take on the TTC, and a lot of her vagaries, check out the Globe‘s interview.
Unfortunately, this horse can’t talk, so its owner is arguing for an injunction to keep it in the country. No decision yet, though, on whether a show horse brought in from France will be sent packing. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency wants the horsie gone, mostly because of concerns over equine metritis, which sounds pretty bad, and is contagious.