R. Jeanette Martin
CPAWS Wildlands League's polar bear swim at Sunnyside Sunday, December 14, turned out to be a bone-chilling affair. Not that the lake temp was inordinately frigid - 1°C is about par for this time of year. But it's clear we're floating on quickly thinning ice. And we're not just talking about the threatened polar bears in northern Ontario. At the Arctic Change conference in Quebec City last week, scientists warned that an ice-free Arctic may be upon us by 2015. That's a staggering 85 years sooner than 2100, the year predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Bad news for Nanuk. Bad news for us all.
The cheque Energy Minister George Smitherman is about to write the wasteful nuclear industry for construction of reactors next spring. We can keep the lights burning with wind. Find out more at OntariosGreenFuture.ca.
THE BIG IDEA Right-wing think tank C.D. Howe Institute says the controversial 2 per cent land transfer tax passed by council last year is what's responsible for the 16 per cent drop in home sales in T.O.
THE FLIP SIDE Real estate agents should stop whining. The slump in sales is nationwide. There's also this thing called a recession happening. Free market vultures take a look in the mirror. The overheated real estate market has been artificially inflating house prices for way too long
Photo By Paul Terefenko
For Sale/Lease sign outside the used bike shop of alleged bike theft ringleader Igor Kenk, whose legal troubles continued this week. He was charged with three counts of assault, one with a weapon, after an altercation at a garage he used for storage in the west end.
Mayor David Miller at a City Hall press conference Thursday, December 11, signalling dire times ahead if feds don't come up with money for cities.
People are worried. They're worried about keeping up with their rent. They're worried about the services that keep our city working. I want Torontonians to know that their city is taking action. We have built on the compassion and respect we have for one another by investing in priority neighbourhoods. We're freezing development charges to help stimulate that important job-generating sector. We've brought in tax grants to spur brownfield development. And we've created new initiatives like Tower Renewal to create green jobs. The U.S. is moving to shore up its industries. Canada can't afford to be left out. We need to act quickly.
I am committed to introducing a balanced budget. We will do everything we can to keep a 2009 property tax increase to between 2 and 4 per cent. A tax freeze would require massive cuts to services and hamper our ability to keep buses on the roads and community centres open. I was at an event with Finance Minister Jim Flaherty on Monday, and he said he wants to see shovels in the ground. We are ready to start digging as soon the minister signs the cheques.