Newsstand: August 6, 2013
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Newsstand: August 6, 2013

Is it any consolation that today only feels like a Monday? Probably not. In the news: the NDP riding association president in Scarborough-Guildwood wants answers, Toronto police will investigate doorings, the nomination race in Toronto Centre gets a little more crowded, police discrimination cases will now head to the rights tribunal, new ways to buy ferry tickets are coming, and roll up those sleeves and give blood.

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The president of the NDP riding association in Scarborough-Guildwood will seek the “information that is owed” from the provincial party about concerns over Adam Giambrone’s candidacy in last week’s byelection. The public dispute over Giambrone’s candidacy for the provincial byelection caused many of the riding’s volunteers to abstain from campaigning, said riding president Viresh Raghubeer, who believes the NDP would have fared better in the byelection without that distraction. Giambrone placed third in the Thursday vote, after Liberal winner Mitzie Hunter and PC candidate Ken Kirupa.

The Toronto Police Services Board chair will ask police to track the number of cyclists “doored” by parked cars. Cops stopped tracking the numbers for the accident, so dooring incidents—where a cyclist runs into an opened door on a vehicle—are no longer tracked by the City as accidents. Board chair Alok Mukherjee will present his report on August 13 at the next board meeting, and Toronto police then have three months to report back to the board about whether or not it’s feasible to track door trackings.

The race to represent the NDP in the upcoming federal byelection in Toronto Centre is getting very journalist heavy—columnist and author Linda McQuaig will announce today that she’ll seek the NDP nomination in the riding. She joins former MuchMusic and CBC journo Jennifer Hollett, who is also seeking the NDP nomination, and recently resigned Reuters editor and author Chrystia Freeland, who is seeking the Liberal nomination on the island. Prime Minister Harper has until the end of this coming January to set a date for a byelection.

Cases of alleged police discrimination will now be heard by the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, even if a similar complaint has been dealt with previously by another oversight body. Lawyers for police in the province have argued in the past that discrimination cases against officers that were originally filed with the Independent Police Review Director should be dismissed by the provincial rights tribunal. The OIPRD refers most complaints about cop conduct back to the originating force, leaving police policing themselves, but the new ruling found that the distinction between the internal review department, which can only discipline the officer, and the rights tribunal, which can order forces to make systematic changes when necessary, is important.

Enjoy visiting Toronto Island during the summer, but don’t enjoy the wait to get tickets? You’ll be happy to know that the city will be rolling out an online ticket-purchasing system for the island ferry some time in 2014. A half-million-dollar contract was recently awarded to VisionMax Ltd. to create the online system—it hasn’t yet been signed, the Globe and Mail reported, but work on the system—which will allow passengers to buy tickets online, through their mobile devices, and at electronic kiosks—is expected to begin this month.

If you’ve been meaning to make an appointment to give blood, now would be a good time to do it: Canadian Blood Services estimates it needs 51,000 donations between now and Labour Day to keep supplies at an adequate level. There are plenty of open appointments available, so get booking!