Newsstand: May 19, 2015
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Newsstand: May 19, 2015

We hope you all found a nice BBQ for the long weekend. But now, time for the news: the Church of Scientology owes the City of Toronto money, an MPP calls for a sex-trafficking task force, and the New York Times marvels at Kijiji's Canadian success.

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The City of Toronto wants the Church of Scientology to pay more than $100,000 in back taxes for its property at Yonge and Charles streets. The controversial church intends to renovate the property by the end of 2015 to transform it into an “ideal org,” a cathedral-like building intended to appeal to “prominent leaders,” which is funded through local donations to the church. A Scientology spokesperson told the Star that the local church intends to pay their back taxes “forthwith.”

Tory MPP Laurie Scott (Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock) is calling for a provincial task force on sex slavery. Scott, a longtime MPP, says she’s concerned about girls being exploited in Ontario, and wants to both stop the practice and support the women getting out of these situations. She told the Star that, based on what she has heard, the issue is “exploding,” and adds that she’d like a special team devoted to the issue that’s similar to the guns and gangs unit.

In “Hey, Americans noticed us!” news, the New York Times profiled Kijiji, the listings website that failed in the U.S. but flourished in Canada. The article gives a number of reasons for Kijiji’s Canadian success, including that we’re thriftier and that geography encourages us to shop locally. But we like to think Canadians just prefer all those dotted letters.