Weekend Newsstand: June 29, 2013
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Weekend Newsstand: June 29, 2013

Before donning your rainbowed best, don't forget to peruse the news. Today: threats made against Pride, premier; Metrolinx delivers an ultimatum to the City; tensions between two city councillors escalate; the City receives a rash of FOI requests; elevator workers head back to work; and, since it's a weekend in Toronto, there will be road closures.

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Police have issued a public safety alert ahead of Pride weekend, as both the CBC and CityNews received threats targeting participants in the parade, as well as Kathleen Wynne. As for their investigation into the threats, the police say it is part of their security assessment for this weekend’s events, which is not unusual and something that is done for any major event in the city. In other words, don’t let this dampen your Pride spirits (likely an unnecessary request as this is a feat that even the heaviest of rain is unlikely to accomplish!) Happy Pride, all!

If Toronto doesn’t get its transit act together, Metrolinx might (temporarily) pull the plug on the Scarborough LRT. Referencing a city council vote in May that supported extending the Bloor-Danforth subway line to Scarborough Centre and Sheppard Avenue, the CEO of Metrolinx wrote a letter Friday to Toronto’s city manager looking for clarity on the City’s position on the future of local transit. In that letter, it was made clear that if the City doesn’t reaffirm its support for the project by August 2, 2013, Metrolinx will suspend work on the Scarborough LRT in order to minimize any further sunk costs, now estimated to be $85 million. Metrolinx might also send Karen Stintz to bed without supper, but that’s still TBD.

Tensions between Councillors Doug Ford (Ward 2, Etobicoke North) and Jaye Robinson (Ward 25, Don Valley West) seem to have reached new heights Friday as the former suggested the latter shouldn’t get on the field “without expecting to get hit” and advised that she not “dish it out” if she can’t “take it.” Robinson, for her part, was critical of Ford’s “locker room language” and suggested that perhaps it is rather hypocritical that he accuse others of making false accusations. Aren’t municipal politicians a treat?

Although the kind of drama mentioned above tends to play out rather publicly, the 29 freedom of information requests received by the City of Toronto for the emails and telephone records of five former staffers in the mayor’s office suggests a keen interest in what’s going on behind closed doors at City Hall. Due to the high volume of requests, those seeking this information, many of which are media outlets, will have to wait until September to review the results. Not to worry, readers, no need for a summer holiday from the local news, we’re sure something of interest will happen at City Hall between now and then.

Good news, hospital patients and visitors, condo dwellers, and office building employees, the days of annoyingly long waits for an elevator might soon be behind you as a deal has been reached in the elevator worker strike. As of July 10 at the latest, all employees will be returned to work. With complaints about the strike soon behind us, the weather will once again reign supreme as the idle chit chat topic of conversation while waiting for an elevator.

As is the case most weekends in the summer, there will be a number of road closures and a subway line disruption over the next few days. Be sure to plan your route before heading out.