Newsstand: February 29, 2012
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Newsstand: February 29, 2012

If you're confused about how many days February has, you're not alone. But it's over. That's it. Today: A council decision about transit on Sheppard Avenue East may be accelerated; passengers pursue a class-action suit against Via Rail; York University's president tries the cafeteria mystery meat; and Councillor Janet Davis uses a turn of phrase she's likely regretting.


For the infamously beleaguered subway-versus-light-rail decision—which has been assaulting the news forever and ever and, seemingly, ever—respite may come in the form of six days. That’s right. The city council meeting planned to finally—maybe—ascertain what type of transit will be built on Sheppard Avenue East has been moved from March 21 to March 15. And the forecast, my friends, is subways. But who really knows anything anymore?

A Toronto law firm teams up with a Windsor-based firm to pursue a class-action suit for passengers of Sunday’s derailed Via Rail train.

Post-strike at York University (yeah, that one. The one you remember), the university president is looking for ways to reconnect with students. Indeed, Mamdouh Shoukri switched places à la Freaky Friday (and that movie with the dude from Arrested Development) with a 20-year-old contest-winning undergraduate student yesterday, attending her classes and extracurriculars while she schmoozed with university officials of her choice. Apparently, he was nervous about biology class, plus the 90-minute meeting of the chemistry society (shudder), of which the student is co-president.

In light of Monday’s Toronto Public Library board decision to sell ad space on the backs of due-date slips, board member and Councillor Janet Davis (Ward 31, Beaches-East York) apparently referred to advertising as “the cocaine of revenues.” Quote wall, anyone? No, but seriously, she’s against the advertising. She hates it.

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