Newsstand: August 26, 2013
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Newsstand: August 26, 2013

Last Monday of August. In the news: councillors are back from summer vacation early, police seek a suspect in a terrifying daytime attack, TCHC surveillance cameras at the site of a double shooting were out of order, and keep waiting for those insurance-rate cuts.

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Mayor Rob Ford took his campaign for a by-election in Ward 3 to his radio show on Sunday, acknowledging that he may not have the votes required to approve an election for a new councillor for Etobicoke Centre to replace Doug Holyday after the latter’s election this month as MPP for Etobicoke-Lakeshore. Councillors will vote at a special council meeting, held today at the mayor’s request, on whether to appoint a replacement for Holyday or to hold a by-election.

An elderly woman’s nose was severed yesterday near Yonge-Dundas Square in a bizarre and apparently random daylight attack. The woman was riding the elevator down to the subway after getting off the streetcar when a man cut off her nose and then fled. Toronto police said that the attack appeared to be random and that no motive has yet emerged. They are not sure what weapon was used or in which direction the suspect fled. The suspect is described as between 40 and 60 years old, and between five-foot-six and five-foot-eight inches tall. Fortunately, doctors were able to reattach the woman’s nose, and she was released from the hospital yesterday.

Several surveillance cameras at the Toronto public housing complex where two teenaged boys were shot and killed on Friday afternoon were not functioning. A Toronto Community Housing Corporation spokesperson told the Globe and Mail that some of the cameras were out of service due to vandalism that began in June, but wouldn’t specify the number of non-functioning cameras or reveal if any could have captured the shooting, citing an ongoing police investigation. The spokesperson also said that though the cameras are being repaired, she wasn’t sure how long they’d been out of service. The existing footage has been turned over to police as part of their investigation.

Been waiting for that promised cut to car-insurance costs? You’ll have to be patient–Finance Minister Charles Sousa said that it’s still two years away. Sousa said at a news conference on Friday that a 15-percent cut the Ontario Liberals promised in May’s budget has to wait for other measures, including ones involving fraud, to be tackled first.