A RALLY RUNS THROUGH IT
River Run for clean water and justice in Grassy Narrows First Nation territory sets out from Grange Park Friday, June 8, 12:51 pm.
The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, the folks pushing a waterfront casino in Toronto that nobody wants, hosted the Canadian Gaming Summit in Niagara Falls this week. Besides the opportunity to hobnob with a who's who of gambling, the summit gave those pushing a casino face time with OLG higher-ups. Indeed, OLG's request for information sent out last month to canvas interest in a T.O. casino invited potential suitors who want to brief OLG on their plans to register for the summit. Sponsorships of the event, advertised as "networking opportunities," were being sold for as much as $27,500.
What Improvised open-air museum, part of the first-ever Wallpeople Toronto project
When Saturday, June 9, Bellevue Park, Kensington Market
Why The expression of ideas in public space through art
Photo: Javier Lovera
REALITY CHECK: THE PLASTIC BAG BAN WRAP-UP
Industry claim Plastic bags have a combined 82 per cent reuse and recycling rate.
Reality Plastic bags don't fully break down. Many "biodegradable" bags aren't actually eco-friendly.
Claim Plastic bags can be used to make new products like lawn furniture.
Reality While they can be recycled, that process consumes a huge amount of resources.
Claim The plastic bags ban will lead to more paper packaging in our waste stream.
Reality Paper bags are often made of recycled paper. And less energy and processing are required to make them.
Claim Bacteria that can grow in reusable bags pose a health risk.
Reality Reusable bags simply need to be washed. In fact, coins in your pocket likely carry more bacteria.
Claim Council moved to ban plastic bags on a whim.
Reality Many cities all over the world have bag bans. The plastics industry knew something was coming. The lobbyist hired by the Canadian Plastic Industry Association made email or phone contact with councillors and staff on 63 different occasions in the days before the vote.
Cyclists can be forgiven for being paranoid, but, no, Toronto's lone contra-flow lane on Strathcona is not being painted over. The city's bike guy, Daniel Egan, assures us it will be repainted soon. He was kind enough to send this pic of the bike lane stop bar to prove it. Photo: Daniel Egan