Newsstand: April 20, 2012
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Newsstand: April 20, 2012

Let's be honest, it might rain today. But more importantly: Toronto police may change the way they deal with people who have a mental illness; gone are the days of tinny, hideously outdated, pre-recorded "O Canada" renditions—for Catholic school kids; a battle between comic convention companies pits Comicon against Comic Con; and Far Enough Farm may not get far enough.


Toronto police are reviewing their treatment of individuals with mental illness. At yesterday’s Toronto Police Services Board meeting, members of the public—some wearing blue hospital gowns to evoke a February incident wherein police shot dead a Toronto East General patient—got to make suggestions on how the evidently flawed system could be improved. Issues such as increased police training for conflict de-escalation techniques—y’know, techniques that don’t involve wielding tasers—were at the forefront of the discussion.

Toronto Catholic school students everywhere will be ruing the day they elected school board trustee Angela Kennedy (Ward 11). Of course, that never happened; children can’t vote! But rue the day they will. Why? Because Kennedy’s motion—put forward at last night’s board meeting—to mandate students to sing “O Canada” aloud rather than zone out to a pre-recorded version was passed 7–3.

Two comic convention empires are duking it out in a fateful real-life battle. While good and evil seem to be left out of it (for now), Toronto Comicon and Toronto Comic Con (seriously), both of which hold springtime conventions in the Metro Convention Centre, are coming to blows, legal-style, over, y’know, the fact that they have the exact same name. Or fine, “similar names.” Hobbystar Marketing, the local agency that runs (pay attention now) Toronto Comicon is taking New York–based Wizard World Inc. to court for using the name Comic Con. Looks like everybody would benefit from a name change, eh, Wizard World? But also, a chill pill.

Though prospects for Centre Island’s Far Enough Farm remain bleak, Councillor Pam McConnell (Ward 28, Toronto-Centre Rosedale), whose mandate includes the Islands, stressed that the the lack of formal bids to run the farm belies that there have been many informal expressions of interest (pretty sure she wasn’t referring to Ashley Madison). She suggested the one-year limit on taking it over has proved a significant deterrent.

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