Newsstand: July 25, 2013
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Newsstand: July 25, 2013

Guy, guys, um, want to hear the news? K: The TTC will reopen the discussion on incorporating Bixi if the city can't figure anything else out, Toronto General Hospital's baby grand piano—and its mystifying thief—have been found, Toronto mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile Virus, and the TTC will look at the feasibility of using GO trains as a possible downtown relief line.

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While the TTC definitely did vote Wednesday to accept a staff recommendation not to absorb the Bixi service into its operations, it is, apparently, not inclined to see the shared bike program go belly-up, either. Their vote to embrace the staff recommendation included a stipulation that it would re-open the conversation if the city isn’t able to find an alternate route for sustaining Bixi.

News that, a) it’s possible to swipe a baby grand piano from a large institution in the heart of a bustling urban metropolis and then have no one be any the wiser for four whole days and b) someone actually did this, may have, for some, caused more amusement than concern. Either way, all should feel at least mildly relieved to hear that the alleged baby grand thief, who is accused of jacking the massive thing from Toronto General Hospital earlier this month, has been caught, and the piano recovered. Artem Stanislav Timofeyev, 27, is wanted for theft, trafficking stolen goods, and fraud, though police say other suspects are likely at large—probably, though not definitively, because Timofeyev is not Superman.

In less entertaining news, mosquitoes in Toronto have tested positive for West Nile Virus for the first time this year. Although the risk of humans getting infected is, apparently, quite low, health officials recommend that Torontonians keep covered up at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active. Fuuuuuuun.

The TTC plans to look into the feasibility of using the GO train system’s Georgetown South and Lake Shore East lines as part of a solution for a downtown relief line. The move would, potentially, cut costs in the sense that less money would go into digging a new subway line.

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