Newsstand: August 5, 2015
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Newsstand: August 5, 2015

Stop fighting over the office thermostat and start fighting over the news! There's a new Scarborough transit poll, a Chinese restaurant chain appears to be a very bad employer, and rooming-house battles rage on.

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A plurality of Torontonians want to see the Scarborough transit debate reopened to support an LRT over a subway extension, a new Forum Research poll shows. With 48 per cent to 34 per cent preferring to reopen the debate according to a poll conducted over the holiday weekend, it’s another data point that shows Kathleen Wynne and John Tory’s position may not be as politically popular as once thought. The poll also shows that 61 per cent prefer a downtown relief line before a Scarborough subway extension.

A Toronto-area restaurant chain owes former employees $675,000, but legal representation says they are “not particularly hopeful” the money will be paid. In one of the largest cases of its kind pursued by the Ministry of Labour, the Regal restaurants, which operated two Scarborough locations and two GTA locations, owe up to $30,000 to 68 immigrant employees. There were claims filed against six restaurants, and the women who owned the establishments appear to own at least “19 related companies.” Some of their former workers were incorrectly paid less than minimum wage, while others had cheques bounce and weren’t paid for months. According to the legal representation for the bulk of the complainants, the owners are now trying to claim bankruptcy.

Rooming houses are an ongoing issue in parts of the city, and the Star looks at a case study in Cabbagetown. Neighbours feel unsafe due to violence from the six-unit house, and the landlord appears difficult to contact. But it’s also hard to evict tenants, and taking away the rooming-house license would make it more difficult to oversee and regulate what’s going on there.

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