Newsstand: June 27, 2011
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Newsstand: June 27, 2011

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Hey Monday, whatchya got to say? Bank-sponsored cricket stars hit Toronto, a doctor gets his medical licence re-suspended for alleged sexual harassment, some bike lanes scrapped but other, more separated bike lanes are in the works, Bixi’s gotta think bigger, and your cheque will be in the mail tomorrow.

What’s the fastest-growing sport in Toronto, you say? Why, that would be jolly old cricket (nobody calls it that, do they), and there aren’t enough fields in the city to keep up with the city’s urge to don white and get batting. (Okay, so obviously some of us don’t really know what cricket’s all about.) The Royal Bank of Canada, in an effort to attract a market of new Canadians from the former British colonies where cricket is the shit, has become something of a patron for the sport, donating fields and equipment to schools across Canada and recently recruiting Sunil Joshi and Wasim Akram (cricket legends from India and Pakistan, respectively) to hop the ocean to Canada to work with cricket-playing youth. Chirp chirp.
A Toronto doctor whose medical licence has already been revoked once for sexual abuse is once again being suspended for similar allegations. This is the third time Dr. David Stuart Lambert will appear before the disciplinary committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario since 1991 for a host of big no-no behaviours. Following a 2002 suspension, Lambert’s medical licence was reinstated four months ago under the conditions that he only treat male patients, see a therapist, practice under supervision, and refrain from trying to sell skin care products at work. That’s right: don’t be a sexual harasser, and also, don’t sell hand cream—this isn’t Amway. A hearing into recent allegations (which include allegations about skin care–product peddling) against Lambert is scheduled for August.
A public works committee meeting at City Hall has lead to the scrapping of eight kilometres of bike lanes on Jarvis and two Scarborough streets. The committee also voted to move ahead with a plan to create a network of physically-separated bike lanes on various downtown streets. While the meeting’s outcome is being reimagined as a victory for cyclicsts by public works chair Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong (Ward 34, Don Valley East), Peter Kuitenbrouwer at the National Post is calling bullshit on that.
Speaking of biking in the city, it’s been a month since Bixi’s arrival in Toronto, and the cyclist’s union is recommending that the program expand its service by tripling its fleet and moving out of the downtown core. Bixi has picked up pace, the first week of May saw 700 Bixi rides taken in Toronto, while by the final week of that month there were 28,000. That’s a dramatic improvement, taken as a whole, but the 73,000 rides Bixi has doled out since its inception comes out to only about two rides per day, which is significantly slower than the going rate in other bike share–equipped cities. Bixi advocates such as Councillor Mike Layton (Ward 19, Trinity-Spadina) are suggesting that expanding Bixi’s coverage area (to, for example, to his own ward) and bolstering its fleet will bring those numbers up.
In tidbit-sized news: with heavy-handed back-to-work legislation coming down on Canada’s once-striking postal workers, businesses and homes will start getting their mail as soon as tomorrow. So the good news is that you can get back to your chess-by-mail game, and the bad news is that Harper just punched unions in the face.

CORRECTION: June 27, 2011, 4:00 PM This article originally stated that Dr. Lambert would appear before the Ontario Medical College, when, in fact, he will appear before the disciplinary committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. We regret the error.

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