Newsstand: October 1, 2013
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Newsstand: October 1, 2013

So it's October you say? Prove it. With news: Expanded smoking bans proposed, child and youth centre opens, some kids are smarter than others, a bomb threat at the hospital, and sports.

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The next time you light up a cigarette on the swings or in the middle of your weekly pick-up soccer game may be the last, as the Toronto Board of Health voted Monday to endorse a sweeping smoking ban. As well as parks and sports fields, the motion proposes smoking be banned from swimming beaches, patios, public squares, hospital grounds, and entrances to public buildings. Some of those areas fall under provincial jurisdiction, but Premiere Kathleen Wynne called the question of different province-wide anti-smoking rules “reasonable.”

Toronto has opened its first child and youth centre, a place where children can report abuse and begin getting help and treatment immediately. The centre offers multiple services, including police reporting and medical exams. Similar centres in other cities have also led to higher conviction rates for perpetrators of child abuse.

If you’re not feeling intellectually inadequate today, try reading about this 21-year-old who taught himself Mandarin two years ago and almost won a televised Manadarin-speaking contest in China. He also speaks French and Spanish. But who’s counting.

Toronto Western Hospital received its first ever bomb threat Monday, maybe. An unsigned letter delivered to the office of the vice president of operations set off a “code black” at the facility. No one had to be moved or interrupted. And after a search, officials concluded there was no threat after all.

And move over Drake, it’s hockey time again. The Leafs kick off their season tonight with a game in Montreal against the Canadiens. The home opener is Saturday. (And the Raptors season starts at the end of the month).