Newsstand: January 23, 2014




Newsstand: January 23, 2014

There's no new Ford news, so don't bother looking for him in here. Capisce? All right. The news we do have is great, though: Toronto Public Library is moving into the technology-focused brave new world, public consultations will be held next week on Porter Airlines' expansion bid, a 79-year-old woman stood up to the government regarding the census, the head of the Ontario Liquor and Gaming Corp. has resigned, and Drake is ready to tell you the weather (you don't want to hear what he's going to say).

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As the world moves further beyond the age of the printed word, public libraries are struggling to figure out what place they will have in the new digital era. The Toronto Public Library seems to have embraced this change, though, with a new focus on technology. Starting February 4, people will be able to use two 3D printers at the Toronto Reference Library’s brand-new Digital Innovation Hub. The space will host several other technologies such as green screens, cameras, and tablets, and two other hubs will open in 2014 across the GTA. The library plans to partner with Toronto’s “maker” community and to offer classes in practical skills like Photoshop and robotics.

Ahead of city council considering Porter Airlines’ bid to lift a ban on flying jets out of Billy Bishop Airport there will be a public consultation on Monday, January 27. City staff will facilitate the meeting and while Porter will have a group present, the airline has not been asked to present or play any role in the proceedings. Two former mayors, Davids Miller and Crombie, both oppose the bid, as does the Toronto Board of Health.

Rod Phillips has resigned as the CEO of the Ontario Liquor and Gaming Corp. for a job in the private sector, but will not disclose where that job is until early February. Phillips oversaw the beginning of a period of modernization in the OLG during his tenure, which began in June 2011. He will be temporarily succeeded by vice-president Tom Marinelli.

Janet Churnin, a 79-year-old Toronto woman, has been found guilty of violating the Statistics Act for her refusal to fill out the 2011 census. Churnin was protesting several things, including the decision to scrap the long-form census and the fact that U.S. arms manufacturer Lockheed Martin has a role in the data collection process for the census. After unsuccessfully arguing that Lockheed Martin’s involvement might lead to information being turned over to the U.S. government under the U.S. Patriot Act, Churnin was given a conditional discharge of 50 hours of community service. While her sentence might look light, it is much harsher than that handed down to 89-year-old peace activist Audrey Tobias, who also refused to fill out the 2011 census. Tobias’s hearing led the judge to criticize the government for prosecuting a “model citizen.”

Finally, the weather. The polar vortex is back, but now we’ve got a new tool to get through the madness: Drake Weather. Check the weather in any area of the world while looking at the cover of Drake’s latest album, Nothing Was the Same. The sky behind Drake’s head will change to reflect your weather conditions.