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George Smitherman’s husband, missing since Monday, has been found. Image via flickr / Shaun Merritt


George Smitherman’s husband has been found after having been missing since Monday afternoon. “Ranger,” a 6-year-old dog trained to track human scent, that found Christopher Peloso. [Globe and Mail]

Scarborough might get a light-rail line instead of a subway built after all. TTC chair Karen Stintz announced that the province’s chosen alignment might not be “technically feasible,” and expressed displeasure at the province’s unilateral decision to unveil a subway plan without consulting the city. [Globe and Mail]

The grandparents of a 5-year-old boy who starved a child until he died of pnemonia subjected two other children to “eerily similar” abuse years earlier. When the Catholic Children’s Aid Society and the York Children’s Aid Society placed Jeffrey Baldwin, the child who died, and his three siblings in the care of Norman Kidman and Elva Bottineau, they were unaware the couple had each been convicted of child abuse two decades earlier. [Globe and Mail]


An Edmonton-area municipal councilor says he is being blackmailed with sexually explicit pictures that he acknowledges are real. Jason Gariepy says they came from an extra-marital relationship with a woman he met online but never met in person, and is trying to “blackmail him out of public office” only weeks before a by-election. [National Post]

The cost of university in Canada is rising to record levels. Average fees, in current dollars, have increased from $1,464 in 1990-91 to $6,348 in 2012-13 and are still expected to rise. [CBC]

Some Calgary homes were evacuated as a precaution after a train carrying petroleum diluent derailed in the city’s southeast late this afternoon. A CP spokesman said they’re unaware of any leaks, and nobody got injured. [CBC]  


Anthony Weiner’s ill-fated run for mayor ended with a string of embarassments, as he finished with only 5% at the ballot box. One of his sexting partners tried to crash the party, and as he was driven away he gave reporters the middle finger. [Gawker]

The U.S. welcomes Russia’s “significant” proposal regarding Syria’s chemical weapons handover. Placing its faith in Moscow’s leverage over its Syrian ally, the White House urged patience and said it was confident that its Kremlin partners were acting in good faith by “putting their prestige on the line.” [Guardian]

The Vatican is ready to open a discussion about whether Catholic priests should be required to remain celibate. Celibacy has been a tradition for hundreds of years, but some blame it for the decline of young men entering the priesthood. [CBC]


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