Sure, it's old-timey, but the CNE midway still brings in the crowds ready to try the near-impossible. The fun ends September 3.
Grandstanding instead of bargaining
Thousands of teachers showed up at Queen's Park, Tuesday, August 28, to tear a strip off "education premier" Dalton McGuinty. The preem's teacher wage freeze legislation (the Putting Students First Act), backed by the obliging Conservatives, is aimed at showing he can knock unions around as good as any neo-con. No matter that bargaining between the boards and elementary teachers hadn't even begun in most areas, and that high school teachers were offering a two-year wage freeze. No fair negotiations here. McGuinty's too busy sucking up to Tory voters in the Vaughan and Kitchener-Waterloo by-elections. What's a leader who puts democratic rights at risk for short-term gains? Disgusting.
Photo by Jeanette Forsythe
Mr. Ford goes to court
This we gotta see. The mayor goes before a judge next week to respond to allegations that he knowingly violated the Municipal Conflict Of Interest Act by voting that he should not have to repay $3,150 donated by lobbyists (and solicited with City Hall stationery) to his football charity. Hizzoner wouldn't be in this fix if he'd paid the measly sum, as the integrity commissioner ordered him to - like, six times.
Looks like Bill C-38, the Conservative mega-bill, has nabbed its first victim: the Canadian Environmental Law Association and Sierra Club Canada have been forced to withdraw applications for judicial review of permits issued by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission that allow Bruce Power to export radioactive waste through the Great Lakes to Sweden. The Harperites' new law means no enviro assessment is required for this type of project. Yikes!
Councillor Mike Layton joined Brett Tryon, a coordinator with Environmental Defence, in holy matrimony on the Toronto Islands Saturday, August 25. Mazel tov.
Four cycling deaths in four weeks - a stunning indictment of current street planning. Advocacy for Respect for Cyclists (ARC) gathered at Bloor and Spadina with the iconic white bike on Tuesday, August 28, and bowed their heads for a moment's silence to mourn an unnamed 18-year-old killed at Kingston Road and Lawrence.
Photo by Martin Reis
Is Ontario Canada's Third World? After 17 years of combined Lib/Tory rule, here we are with a new report from the Ontario Common Front, a coalition of labour and community orgs, entitled Falling Behind. The news isn't pretty. Ontario has the country's largest increase in income inequality, the second-highest increase in poverty rates and the poorest funding for public services. Maybe the IMF will chip in?
The yoke's on us
Overzealous bylaw officers, eat your hearts out. A new doc/mockumentary by Red Gecko productions, Crackdown!, is on the verge of release. It tells the tale of renegade urban chicken keepers and their showdown with the law over the crime of fresh eggs. The filmmakers are appealing to T.O. locavores for post-production funds. Send scratch to indiegogo.com/crackdowndoc.