R. Jeanette Martin
Toshi (left) and Takeshi get cheeky at the ninth annual New Year's Day Toronto Polar Bear Dip for Habitat for Humanity at Sunnyside Beach. Brrr.
Chief Bill Blair's year-end sit-downs with the city's major dailies elicited at least one shocker. The chief, it turns out, believes "it was never appropriate" for police union lawyers to vet the notes of officers under investigation by the province's civilian watchdog Special Investigations Unit. That's quite the revelation given the many conflicts between Blair and former SIU director Ian Scott over police duty to cooperate fully in SIU probes, including on the subject of lawyers clearing officers' notes before they're provided to the SIU.
Photo by Jonathan Goldsbie
When Rob Ford registered to run for mayor last week, it served as another reminder that, no, he is not over. Not by a long shot, boyo! With this in mind, it's a bit disconcerting to see Gawker praising him as one of the its heroes of 2013. Of course it's not real praise. Not "Gee, this hamburger tastes amazing" praise. But of course, Rob Ford's not a real hero. And so he's every bit deserving of this kind of ironic inverted admiration.
Photo by Ben Spurr
After another year of little progress on Toronto's bike lane network - only 2.4 kilometres of new bike lanes, most of that for a single lane on Shaw - it could be time to declare the cycling plan officially dead, says advocacy group Cycle Toronto. This year's addition brings us up to a grand total of 114 kilometres of on-road bike paths, a long way from the 495-kilometre target that council endorsed in the 2001 Toronto Bike Plan, which was to be completed by 2011. At the rate we're going, it'll take 158 years to finish, according to Jared Kolb, who says we should set a new target that's reachable in our lifetime.