Newsstand: May 3, 2013
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Newsstand: May 3, 2013

Friday is even more pleasant when the sun is out. In the news: defibrillators could be better placed to save lives in Toronto, the fight over David Dunlap Observatory ends peacefully, one Toronto councillor wants a passing rule for cars and bikes, and Ontario has a new budget.

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A new study has mapped out the spots in Toronto where cardiac arrests happen most frequently, giving insight into where life-saving defibrillators could be better located. Researchers from St. Michael’s Hospital and the University of Toronto found that the corner of Jarvis and Gerrard streets topped their list for the most heart attacks in a five-year period, with the corners of Queen and Bay streets, Jarvis and Dundas streets, and Dundas Street and Spadina Avenue following. All four of those spots were more than 100 metres from the nearest automated external defibrillator (AED); 100 metres is the distance the average person can carry one of the devices in a minute and a half. When an AED is used in the first few minutes, chances of survival can increase up to 75 percent, but drop by 10 per cent with each passing minute, said Andrew Lotto, manager of resuscitation programs at the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario.

A multi-party settlement has been reached that will see most of the 76 hectares of green space surrounding the David Dunlap Observatory in Richmond Hill become a public park. The Ontario Municipal Board ruled this week in favour of an agreement between developer Metrus Development Inc. and the town—the developer will build 520 housing units on the site and Richmond Hill will assume ownership of the observatory and 40 hectares of forest and fields around it.

Toronto councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Ward 27, Toronto Centre-Rosedale) is asking the city to implement a law requiring drivers to give cyclists three feet of space when passing them. Similar laws exist in 39 U.S. states, and Wong-Tam hopes that one can also be passed in Ontario but wants the city to act now instead of waiting. “The issues around road safety have been coming to a boiling point,” the councillor told the Toronto Star. “We need to learn how to share the roads.”

Premier Kathleen Wynne and Finance Minister Charles Sousa presented their first provincial budget yesterday. The Toronto Star has a general round-up of what it contained, while Torontoist looked at its proposed changes for social assistance and transit.

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