Newsstand: August 27, 2013
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Newsstand: August 27, 2013

Get caught in yesterday's rain? Here's hoping for a drier day. In the news: Holyday suggests a replacement, cops could get stun guns, the Star reports on complaints to the City by ward, a cop is charged for tweeting, and houses are still expensive.

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New provincial MPP Doug Holyday has some ideas about who should replace him on city council. Holyday said yesterday that he supports Peter Leon, a longtime resident of and volunteer in Etobicoke, to be appointed as councillor for Ward 3, Etobicoke Centre. Leon is a Conservative and supports Holyday’s spending priorities. “I am not a left-winger,” Leon told the Globe and Mail. “I know the things that Doug stood for in the City of Toronto.”

The provincial government will allow all frontline officers to carry stun guns, according to reports in the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Sun. The Globe reports that Community Safety Minister Madeleine Meilleur will announce this morning that officers across the province will be allowed to carry tasers if their force chooses. The RCMP and forces in several provinces are already allowed to carry stun guns.

Toronto’s squeakiest wheels can be found in Trinity-Spadina: the Star says that the residents of the area’s two wards (Ward 19 and Ward 20) are tops for complaints to the City about issues like garbage and illegal rooming houses. The information comes from the City’s municipal licensing and standards investigations database. Ward 34, Don Valley East, had the fewest complaints with less than 10 per cent of the totals for Trinity-Spadina wards.

A detective who allegedly used another officer’s account to send derogatory tweets to Ontario Ombudsman Andre Marin will be charged with two counts under the Police Act. Tweets from an account belonging to “Joe Mayo” said that Marin was a “carded member” of Al Qaeda, among other accusations. The Durham force wants Marin’s help in clearing the name of the officer falsely accused of being behind the account. Marin tweeted that the tweets were from a Durham officer named “Dennis Scott” and then later said it was “Scott Dennis.” However, an investigation by the Durham force showed that that officer had nothing to do with the account.

In Toronto, the resale housing market is experiencing “renewed vigour”—not likely welcome news for anyone in the city who is hoping to buy any time soon. Does it make you feel better to know that it could be worse? Specifically, you could be living in Vancouver, where the proportion of household income required to keep up with home ownership is now 82.1 per cent, compared to national averages of 42.7 per cent for detached bungalows and 48.4 percent for two-storey homes. Ouch.

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