Weekend Newsstand: April 7, 2012


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Weekend Newsstand: April 7, 2012

Ah, the Saturday of a long weekend, a day to revel in disorientation and just go with it. Some news to ground you: Occupy Toronto protesters make a few demands, U of T president gives some business-y reasons to love Toronto, some facts about the St. Clair right-of-way, more aggressive coyotes, and less GO buses for the summer.

A group of protesters set out on a good old-fashioned march ‘n’ rally on Friday to make some noise about the recent arrests of six Occupy Toronto folks. The group was protesting what they call the police brutality that some Occupiers faced while being evicted by police from a spot near Osgoode Hall. One Occupier was sent to hospital after her arrest and had to get seven stitches. Friday’s protesters want the charges against those arrested Occupiers dropped and for them to be released from jail, they want a public inquiry into whether too much force was used during the arrest, and they want the arresting officers charged with assault. And that’s good. Just those things, please.

The University of Toronto’s president is getting up on his Toronto-loving horse, and he wants you to do the same. David Naylor didn’t use such a weird, nonsensical metaphor in his speech to the Toronto Board of Trade, but the general gist was the same: Toronto is great, so stop acting like it’s not. Being that he was speaking at the Board of Trade, Naylor’s top accolades were things like the city’s large financial services and health-sciences sectors, our high rate of entrepreneurship, and the Toronto Food Terminal, which is part of what makes Toronto the second-largest food production and processing centre in North America, behind Los Angeles. Also, we lead the whole country in terms of logistics, so suck on that Calgary.

Ahead of the report Councillor Joe Mihevc (Ward 21, St. Paul’s West) requested from the TTC about the performance and impacts of the St. Clair right-of-way project, the Globe reveals that vehicle traffic is down and transit usage is up in the area. Traffic accidents are also down, and construction and development is up. So there.

Toronto Police and the National Post’s illustrators have teamed up to teach us a thing or two about how to fend off curious coyotes, especially after a pretty unsettling thing happened with a coyote and a dead body on Thursday morning. We don’t want to talk about it.

GO Transit will be cutting down service on its bus routes that serve local colleges and universities because not as many people need to use those buses in the summer. News story of the century.