Newsstand: November 21, 2014
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Newsstand: November 21, 2014

It's been quite a week. Relax with some hot chocolate and the news: streetcar sex on King, Porter is still waiting to hear about its jets, and Rob Ford will sell the remainder of his bobble heads.

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Passengers on the 504 westbound streetcar Thursday around 5:30 p.m. witnessed a group of three intoxicated youth engaging in what the CBC refers to as a “sexual activity incident.” The streetcar was stopped for nearly 20 minutes before the driver approached the group. TTC spokesman Brad Ross admonished the group, saying, “There are more private places in this city if you want to get to know one another a bit better.”

When it began pushing in 2013 for an expanded, jet-ready Billy Bishop Airport runway, Porter Airlines said it needed a fast answer on the matter from city council. The airline wanted to begin running jets out of the smaller, island-based airport by 2016. Now, more than a year later, with no answer and months likely to go before an answer is decided on, Porter has been forced to wait. Porter officials claim to be hopeful now that a new term is about to begin, though many of the faces will be returning from last time. While the deputy city manager in charge of the issue said they “are a long ways away from advancing this,” the airline offered a chipper response from Brad Cicero: “Our understanding is quite the opposite. A significant amount of work is getting done and the process started immediately after the council vote last April.” They’re low stakes compared to some of the PR battles being fought in Toronto these days, but important all the same.

Mayor Rob Ford will sell the remainder of the “Robbie Bobbie” bobble heads he had made last year—during the height of his crack-smoking scandal—and donate the net proceeds to Humber River Hospital and Mount Sinai Hospital, the two hospitals treating his cancer. The heads will be on sale for $30 each. Ford was diagnosed with pleomorphic liposarcoma in September, causing him to drop out of the mayoral election and be replaced by his brother Doug. Rob Ford in turn replaced his nephew in the race for his former council seat in Ward 2, Etobicoke, which he won handily.