Weekend Newsstand: September 14, 2013
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Weekend Newsstand: September 14, 2013

Yawn it out, my friends. Yawn it out. And open your mouth to the news: Ontario government asking for more transit funding advice, cops find pot, ombudsman finds cop, Toronto-Centre nominees to be chosen, and Tracy McGrady makes Raptors fans cry.

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The government of Ontario is putting together an expert panel to discuss how to generate money to fund public transit. Though nothing has been made official, former Metrolinx board member and chief planner for Toronto Paul Bedford told the Globe he’s agreed to sit on the panel. Former GTA United Way president Anne Golden will also be on the panel. Golden told the paper the panel will take another look at Metrolinx’s proposals from earlier this year, including raising HST and a five-cent-a-litre gas tax. The goal of the panel, beyond just takin’ a look-see at the already written plan, is not clear at the moment.

Police (apparently with the help of a radio station traffic chopper) have discovered a $2-million marijuana grow-op in the middle of a corn grow-op in Richmond Hill. It’s the 23rd weed garden the police have seized in the past three weeks.

The Ontario ombudsman has identified the Durham cop who made fun of him on Twitter. But it’s the right guy this time. Andre Marin met with Det. Jeff Caplan on Thursday, when Caplan apologized for the offensive tweets. Marin accepted the apology, but he still thinks the Durham police force is too unruly, saying a police force should not be “run like National Lampoon’s Animal House,” and added, “it’s not a frat house.” Or is it? (No.)

Although we still don’t know when the byelection for Bob Rae’s House of Commons seat will be held, by the end of the weekend we will have a better idea who’s running, as the Liberals and NDP hold their nominations this weekend.

And in news that isn’t really new and is always tough to hear, Tracy McGrady says he regrets leaving the Toronto Raptors. “There’s no doubt we would have won that series if I would have been there,” McGrady told the Toronto Star. Great.