Newsstand: August 2, 2013
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Newsstand: August 2, 2013

Long weekend! That's always exciting. In the news: the NDP comes out ahead in last night's provincial byelections, the province will give parents access to daycare complaints, and firefighters say a change in response policies is risky.

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The Ontario Liberals came out of last night’s byelections with two seats, including one in Scarborough-Guildwood, where Mitzie Hunter beat Conservative candidate Ken Kirupa and NDP candidate and former TTC Chair Adam Giambrone. The Progressive Conservatives won the other GTA riding up for grabs when deputy mayor Doug Holyday (Ward 3, Etobicoke Centre) beat councillor Peter Milczyn (Ward 5, Etobicoke-Lakeshore) in Etobicoke-Lakeshore to give the party their first Toronto seat since the 1999 election. And the NDP had two wins, taking the ridings of London West and Windsor-Tecumseh.

Education Minister Liz Sandals has promised to make complaints against unlicensed Ontario daycares publicly available in the wake of the death of 21-month-old Eva Ravikovich at an overcrowded Vaughan facility that was the source of complaints in 2012. The change comes just weeks after Sandals said that parents wanting more detailed information about the facility should file an Access to Information request.

Toronto firefighters are questioning the wisdom of a change that means they’re no longer dispatched for several types of urgent medical calls, saying that patient safety could be at risk. The changes, implemented in June 2012, mean that firefighting trucks are no longer sent to medical emergencies like gun shots and some kinds of strokes. But because firefighters are often first on the scene, some past and present fire officials worry that the changes put patients at risk. “If the city wants to play Russian roulette with the dollars and cents of not sending fire(fighters), that’s their decision,” former Toronto Fire Chief Bill Stewart told the Toronto Star.

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