Newsstand: April 25, 2012
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Newsstand: April 25, 2012

Okay, Wednesday. It's on. Let's do this thing. But first, some news: Councillor Doug Ford just won't give up on subways; road tolls a topic of discussion among some city councillors; an art thief hits Sick Kids; a gold thief hits Harold The Jewellery Buyer (literally); CAMH set to announce a sizable donation; and Toronto's head of public health looks for new ways to keep the streets safe for foot traffic.

Even though Metrolinx has once again pledged their support for street-level light rail, Councillor Doug Ford (Ward 2, Etobicoke North) just can’t let the subway dream die. The mayor’s brother has vowed to keep fighting for subways, and has made it clear that this will be a key platform during the next election. In fact, Councillor Ford is so committed to the subway plan that he is even willing to run for provincial office. How generous.

Road tolls will be on the table at a special councillor brainstorming session this week. Charging drivers who reside outside the city a toll to drive on the Don Valley Parkway and Gardiner Expressway will be one of the topics discussed at the gathering that aims to set the City’s agenda for the remainder of the current term. It’s really starting to look like Starbucks’ suburban grand plan is working.

Toronto police have released an image of a brazen art thief after a few pieces of artwork went missing from the Hospital for Sick Children last week. The suspect, described as white, six feet tall, medium build, dark brown hair, and clean-shaven, wore glasses with dark frames and a dark long-sleeve shirt, dark pants and black shoes. He was spotted entering a light-coloured, four-door Mercedes. Wait a second, is this a Toronto-based remake of The Thomas Crown Affair? Come on, guys—remakes of remakes are so lame! And stealing from sick kids? Not cool. Also not cool? Stealing square prints of alphabet letters. Let’s try a little harder next time.

That’s not the only thief in the news this week. We also have a new candidate for the Darwin Awards. Harold “The Jewellery Buyer” Gerstel, a prominent cash-for-gold north-end jeweler, was beaten and robbed this weekend by a thief who, in previous dealings with Gerstel, provided his real name as well as photo ID. Having these on file helped the police nab the suspect pretty quickly. Yeah, that’s right.

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health will announce a $10 million donation today that will, among other things, allow for the of hire more specialists and create a new crisis intervention team for young people. The donor is Margaret McCain, a philanthropist, child advocate, former Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick, and the widow of billionaire entrepreneur Wallace McCain. So basically, this is equivalent to us 99 per centers dropping our change into the the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation box.

Toronto pedestrians should get a head start of three-to-five seconds when crossing the street, according to Dr. David McKeown, the City’s medical officer of health. He explains that when the pedestrian walk signal goes on before the light turns green it is easier for drivers to spot people crossing the road, which means that unless drivers are particularly sadistic, fewer pedestrians would be struck in intersections. If recent history is any indication, there may not be a lot of support for McKeown’s recommendation. Doesn’t he realize streets aren’t for people?

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