Weekend Newsstand: April 23, 2016
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Weekend Newsstand: April 23, 2016

In the news today: Toronto-specific microbes, John Tory is excluding BLMTO from a meeting, a worker dies at Pearson, and Urbancorp is restructuring.


New research suggests cities have their own microbial signature—which is to say, bacteria and fungi in a specific urban area blend in a way unique to that location. It’s a gross but cool science fact (which most science facts are).

Mayor John Tory is holding a private meeting today with some members of the Black community, but one group wasn’t invited: Black Lives Matter Toronto. Instead, Tory says he offered to meet with BLMTO separately but was rebuffed. Today’s meeting, for which neither an attendance list nor an agenda have been made public, is intended as a “preliminary roundtable” before a larger public meeting on racial equity. BLMTO will be included in the public meeting. BLMTO co-founder Sandy Hudson said she thinks the reason the group hasn’t been included in today’s meeting is that Tory sees them as unreasonable. On CBC’s Metro Morning, she said, “It says to me, we got a problem with our mayor and the people leading this city.”

Friday night, an Air Canada employee died at Pearson Airport when a baggage cart rolled over around 11 p.m. Henry Parvez, 24, was identified on Facebook as the deceased. According to the Toronto Star, “flight operations weren’t affected as a result.” A grim reminder of how quickly we all move on.

Eerily named construction company Urbancorp (really, what’s with that? Did they watch season one of Mr. Robot while reading Orwell?) will undergo restructuring to manage its debts under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act; that restructuring will include the sale of some of its assets. Included in the move are Urbancorp Group, the umbrella company, and five subsidiaries: Urbancorp Downsview Park Developments Inc.; Urbancorp St. Clair Village Inc.; Urbancorp Lawrence Inc.; Urbancorp Mallow Inc.; and Urbancorp Patricia Inc.

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