Newsstand: June 13, 2013
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Newsstand: June 13, 2013

Unfortunately, "It's Thursday" isn't yet a universally accepted excuse for not being able to come in to work. But that doesn't mean it's not worth a try. In the news: police take to north Etobicoke in a huge raid, public consultations begin on the future of the Gardiner Expressway, city council nixes making the U of T field a heritage site, and Women's College Hospital gets a new clinic.

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Bad news for people hoping the controversy at City Hall would die down: police conducted a large-scale raid earlier this morning in north Etobicoke and, according to the Star pretty much every media outlet, the alleged Rob Ford crack cocaine video is tied in to it. We’ll have more on this as it develops, including confirmation on whether McNulty sat this raid out too, or finally joined in.

Bad news for crumbling concrete infrastructure: the City is looking at ways to fix the Gardiner Expressway. There will be a public meeting on the subject this evening, and while you’re there, you can check out six visions for the highway’s future on display as part of a City and Waterfront Toronto-sponsored design competition. And make sure you take a good look, because given the crop of politicians at City Hall these days, you’re not likely to see them again any time soon.

Bad news for dandelions: city council voted yesterday against designating the field on the University of Toronto’s back campus a heritage site. That pretty much guarantees the field will be AstroTurf’d so it can be used for field hockey matches during the Pan Am Games. But if you’re one of those grass-loving folks dismayed by the decision, all is not lost. Council is asking the university to conduct an environmental assessment of the conversion in 10 years, and to report on any “significant detrimental impacts.” Just wait…the words “I told you so” will never have tasted so sweet.

Meanwhile, bad news for big pharma: the University of Toronto seems to be on to their schemes, albeit a little late. A former med student who now practices at St. Michael’s Hospital has blown the whistle on a lecture series supported by pharmaceutical companies that flog opioids, which was part of the school’s curriculum. The university has since changed the curriculum, but hasn’t addressed why it was like that in the first place.

Bad news for infectious bacteria: Women’s College Hospital just opened its new outpatient clinic, which uses technology and sensible thinking to support more patients recovering from surgeries at home, instead of in-hospital where they run the risk of contracting diseases and eating really mediocre food. It’s the hospital of the future, today, and as you can imagine, women are behind it.