Newsstand: September 18, 2013
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Newsstand: September 18, 2013

If you're feeling punchy this morning, it's probably because you didn't get enough sleep last night. What are you going to do about it? Probably nothing. And in the news: city council may vote on allowing jets at the island airport before any hard evidence comes out; Police Chief Bill Blair's time is up to present a report on the shooting of Sammy Yatim—but one probably won't be available for another month; the elephants are, at long last, moving to Florida California to retire in peace; and Councillor Josh Matlow proposes that we get free, city-wide Wi-Fi.

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It’s looking like city council won’t have much to go on—at least not in the way of actual evidence—when weighing the controversial decision to allow Porter Airlines to lengthen its runway and fly jets out of the island airport. The executive committee is supposed to consider a final report on the Porter proposal on December 5, and on December 16, the proposal is to go before city council. That timeline doesn’t account for the fact that key noise studies assessing how quiet, or not quiet, the Bombardier CS100 aircraft jets actually are won’t yet be available—those studies won’t be out until May, at least. It’s cool—it’s more fun for everyone when council makes decisions based on gut feeling and emotion.

Today is the deadline for Police Chief Bill Blair to complete his internal probe into officers involved in the shooting death of Sammy Yatim and to present a report before the Police Services Board. Still, there is, apparently, a very good chance that Blair will ask for an extension on submitting the report, which would push the results back another 30 days or so.

The elephants are leaving. But like, for real this time. After two years of debate (seriously? Is that actually how long it’s been?) over the fate of the Toronto Zoo’s favourite wrinkled trio—Iringa, Thika and Toka, to be precise—it’s been decided that the three elephants will, following Thanksgiving weekend, officially depart for the PAWS sanctuary in California. There, they will hobnob with fellow retired zoo and circus elephants, as well as shop, play bridge, and eat dinner before six p.m.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could get free Wi-Fi everywhere in the city, including in parks and other public spaces? Would it be great? Councillor Josh Matlow (Ward 22, St. Paul’s) thinks so. At a meeting of the City’s Economic Development Committee yesterday, he pitched his idea of a free, Toronto-wide wireless network. Apparently, cities like Fredericton and Edmonton already do it, and also, Asia. Yup.