Newsstand: July 30, 2013
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Newsstand: July 30, 2013

In Tuesday's news: protesters march for Sammy Yatim; company proposes Leslie Spit wind farm; no plans for Smitherman to re-enter politics; former councillor talks mayoral run; and Mississauga highrise residents worry about their homes.

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Hundreds of protesters and family members of Sammy Yatim, who was shot by police on a Dundas streetcar this weekend and died in hospital, marched down Dundas Street West last night. The rally began at Yonge-Dundas Square and continued onward to the spot where Yatim was shot after brandishing a knife on a Dundas streetcar; details of how the shooting happened remain unclear, as the official investigation continues. Meanwhile, more details are emerging about Yatim, though they too have left a lot of questions: some friends say he was troubled and always carried a knife, others that he was ambitious and excited to start at George Brown College in the fall.

A company called Sunwincor International is proposing a wind farm on the Leslie Spit, and the nay votes are already speaking up. Details are currently thin—Sunwincor is not well known, and while they say on their website that they are working on a project, not much else is known— but that hasn’t stopped Friends of the Spit from sending out an alert about the website’s information. If there’s anything to Sunwincor’s claims, they’ll probably find themselves up for a fight: a 2008 proposal from Toronto Hydro to build turbines in Lake Ontario, off the Scarborough Bluffs, was mighty unpopular and eventually abandoned.

George Smitherman has made it clear that he’s not interested in joining the race for a federal seat in Toronto Centre. In a piece for Huffington Post Canada, Smitherman said that while he’s passionate about Toronto Centre and happy to volunteer to help the Liberal party come election time, he intends to continue focusing on his family life and doesn’t intend to re-enter politics.

Former Toronto councillor David Soknacki is considering a return to politics, however—he said yesterday he is considering a run for mayor of the city. Soknacki said he’d bring a more collaborative approach to City Hall and voiced his support for light rail, as opposed to subways, for Scarborough.

Residents of a Mississauga highrise are finally able to return home after it was flooded on July 8, but they’re more worried than excited. Residents are complaining of cracks in the walls and a smell they worry could indicate mould. The building’s property manager told the Toronto Star that the building was confirmed safe by a structural engineer before anyone was allowed to return.

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