Extra, Extra: the Mysteries of Pedestrian Buttons, Selling a Book to the Library, and Understanding Electricity Is Hard
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Extra, Extra: the Mysteries of Pedestrian Buttons, Selling a Book to the Library, and Understanding Electricity Is Hard

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  • Many subjects that initially appear to be both straightforward and quite dry upon further examination turn out to be both incredibly complex and surprisingly interesting: such is the case with the city’s pedestrian signal push-buttons. In Spacing, Dylan Reid outlines how many different kinds there are, how you’re supposed to use them, and what they’re supposed to achieve.
  • Have a popular adult fiction book kicking around that you’ve already finished reading and don’t intend to hold on to? Did you manage to read it without dog-earing the pages and sprinkling coffee liberally on the cover? If so, you now have the option to sell it to the TPL: it’s kicking off a pilot project that allows people to sell like-new adult fiction books to the Toronto Reference Library for $5 a pop. Here’s a list of the titles it’s looking to get its hands on right now.
  • If Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk raised some issues with the province’s smart meter program, well, that’s just because she didn’t manage to grasp its intricacies. “The electricity system is very complex,” said Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli, explaining why Lysk had arrived at what he saw as erroneous conclusions. “It’s very difficult to understand.” Premier Kathleen Wynne called the kerfuffle the result of a “narrow area of disagreement” and is ignoring opposition calls for his dismissal.

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