Caribbean Carnival parade on Lake Shore, Saturday, August 4, 4:50 pm. More fabulous costumes and pictures here.
What Enbridge's oil pipeline from Montreal to a refinery in Sarnia, jutting through an embankment of the Rouge River near Warden and Finch
When Environmental Defence photo op on Thursday, August 2
Why A spill waiting to happen? A pipeline safety expert says the single-walled steel pipe (built in 1975) is susceptible to breakage from debris or ice flowing downstream.
The really bad news Records show Enbridge discovered the pipe was exposed in 2009 and put a band-aid of concrete over it. The concrete is now falling apart, leaving an additional 1.5 metres of pipeline fully exposed near the river.
Photo: Environmental Defence
Whither the port lands? The Globe and Star have been reporting concerns expressed by local cement giant Lafarge about Waterfront Toronto's ambitious naturalization plans for the mouth of the Don. Lafarge reportedly thinks the green space proposed for the area will mess with its access to a dock wall. But those concerns have been known to the waterfront agency all along, as far back as the EA process, in fact. So all that talk about the need to expropriate land to make Waterfront Toronto's grand vision work? Nothing of the sort is planned, according to one spokesperson. Whew.
City Hall Watch
The revolving door in the mayor's office may have spat out another key staffer. Pina Martino, Rob Ford's special adviser on issues management (emphasis on budget and policing) - who also stickhandles the complaints to the integrity commissioner the mayor is known for racking up - has taken a leave of absence to seek the provincial PC nomination in Etobicoke Centre. Is it safe to assume there'll be a provincial election any time soon? Martino is no shoo-in against Lib Donna Cansfield. But clearly those occupying the top rungs in the mayor's office are weighing their options as the Ford admin staggers toward 2014.
A-bomb drawing by Hiroshima survivor Toshifumi Goto, who was 19 at the time, forms part of an exhibit running till Saturday (August 11) in the City Hall Rotunda on Hiroshima and Nagasaki commemoration.
Spotted at the King and Dufferin McDonald's: a notice to customers that no large-sized iced coffees or soft drinks would be sold during Caribbean Carnival. Orders from corporate HQ, according to the store's owner/operator, to prevent revellers from guzzling up supplies. The chain currently has a $1 promo for all drinks until Labour Day.
Amount the Clean Air Alliance says the province can save on electricity costs by shutting heavily subsidized coal-fired plants now and mothballing the Pickering nuclear power plant. The Alliance says electricity capacity has far exceeded peak demand so far this summer.