Newsstand: December 23, 2010
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Newsstand: December 23, 2010

Illustration by Jeremy Kai/Torontoist.

On the day before Christmas Eve day: the LCBO tackles drinking and driving on your phone, the Rocket’s arrival slows down, and an allegedly abusive officer shows a softer side.

Worried your friends will get blotto over the holidays and then attempt to drive? There’s an app for that. The LCBO and digital co. dial9 have come up with an iPhone application that sends out pre-recorded warning messages to a bunch of your friends, so you don’t have to look like a loser when you ask for their keys at a party. So far the Speak Up app has been downloaded by about two hundred people.
If you were looking forward to riding the new Rocket come the New Year, you’re going to have to wait a little longer. The subway cars were supposed to be screeching down the tracks in January, but now officials say it will be at least February before you can step aboard due to “testing and commissioning” issues. We are supposed to have seventy of the Bombardier-built trains by the end of 2013.
And speaking of the tube, Mayor Ford has been advocating for the Sheppard subway extension, but the cost of the thing would be 3.6 billion dollars, for a ridership of about three thousand an hour. The Yonge-University line carries ten times that. For more on the ins and outs of the new line, read here.
The officer charged with assaulting protester Adam Nobody during the G20 may have, or have had, a kinder heart at one point. Apparently Constable Babak Andalib-Goortani blogged about his travels to El Salvador where he took part in the Caravan of Hope. A crew of nineteen drove a bunch of ambulances from Toronto to Central America. Rev. Hernan Astudillo who organizes the trip called Andalib-Goortani quiet, respectful, and generous. He is to appear in court on January 24.