Newsstand: March 2, 2012
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Newsstand: March 2, 2012

Happy first Friday of March, you. In the news: the subway-versus-light-rail race may be closer than anticipated; library workers could be going on strike; a teenaged boy is punished for praising women's inner beauty; and Doug Ford sure does love casinos.

Apparently, the mayor has snagged two additional votes for city council’s final showdown to determine what now feels like the age-old question: to subway or to light-rail? Former LRT loyalist North York councillour James Pasternak has defected to the subway side, and Ford ally Ron Moeser promises not to be ill this time. While the LRT contingent say they’ve got 23 votes in the bag—a winning number—the other side is purportedly creeping ever closer; the mayor just needs to sway two more councillors to get some stuff he rejected previously but is now pretending were his ideas all along his way. To boot, while mere days ago the council meeting was moved from March 21 to March 15, it’s back to the former date, when at least one Ford ally will be rarin’ to go and not surfing the March break waves (or whatever it is city councillors who get off for March break do).

On the heels of a would-be outdoor workers (CUPE Local 416) strike, library workers voted 91 per cent in favour of a strike of their own. It’s potentially slated for March 18.

Kids say the darndest things. A 17-year-old boy and student at Ajax’s Archbishop Denis O’Connor Catholic High School was suspended for distributing a Valentine’s Day letter encouraging young women to embrace their inner beauty and stop “dress[ing] or act[ing] in a certain way to fit in.” The sentiment was expressed several months after the school drew media attention because a trustee commented on the high highs of hiked-up kilts. While both men’s statements were, arguably, pretty patronizing (inner beauty’s great, thanks for letting us ladies know, 17-year-old boy), the suspension is, if nothing else, downright confusing. But also, the last name of the principal who flung him out is “Modeste”—you just can’t make that shit up.

And, since we can never get enough transit news, Councillour Doug Ford is touting ideas like the potential North Etobicoke casino as a “creative” way to fund an extended Sheppard subway line.