The Horwath team
NOW columnist and policy whiz Adam Giambrone enters the provincial by-election race to edge out the Libs in Scarborough-Guildwood. In 2011 the NDP grabbed less than 20 per cent of the vote here, but that, of course, predates the gas plant heist. Let's see if campaign-savvy Giambrone can do some comeback magic.
Premier Kathleen Wynne announces she's setting up a bee health working group to investigate the mass deaths of the winged ones responsible for pollinating 35 per cent of our food supply. Nectar-suckers rule.
Finally, traction on dangerous dooring. Toronto Police Services Board chair Alok Mukherjee will soon release a report recommending new ways of policing rapidly opened car doors that hit cyclists - we're being whacked, but it's not being tracked.
The subway delays on July 3 were only a taste of what's to come. Just wait till the University-Spadina line shuts down in October so the TTC can replace its ancient signal system. But that won't be the end of transit unreliability as we all pay the price for the self-serving pols of the past who let our infrastructure rot.
Toronto Port Authority announces that excavation has begun on the main pedestrian tunnel to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. Whoopee. We don't care a fig that it's privately financed. More flights bite.
Sunsets over the water
Nothing says Ontario like the haunting cry of the loon - but don't assume the iconic creatures will always be there to perform. Bird Studies Canada reports that mercury released in fossil fuel burning and acid precipitation means fewer chicks. Another carbon casualty.