It's (sort of) where you live
“ Backers of the (Front Street extension) plan say traffic flow in the downtown area would improve access to the city's booming Variety Village neighbourhood. ”
More comfortable writing about Vaughan than downtown, a Toronto Star editorial misstates the location of the scuttled roadway.
That would be Liberty Village, not Variety Village, a Scarborough centre for children with special needs .
McMeat violates veggies
Still smarting from lawsuits launched after revelations the chain cooked its "vegetarian" french fries in cow fat, McDonalds is trying to save the failing brand with toasted "deli sandwiches" - you know, subs. In tiny print underneath huge ads celebrating the six new non-fried bun busters we're told, "During preparation, the Grilled Veggie Melt sandwich may come into contact with meat and/or chicken products." You mean you can't get top-quality chefs and food handlers for minimum wage these days?
But I was only napping!
The Toronto Star, fresh from its controversial unauthorized lists of Canadian tsunami dead that included many people still alive and kicking, is taking a new approach in its popular obituaries section. The Peoples' Paper© will list names from the phone book on the obit page and, if you're not dead yet, just phone or e-mail and you'll be removed. All still living Torontonians will also receive a free six-month Toronto Star sub and a cup of java from Coffee Time.
Feisty flatfoot should flee
First, absurd police Chief Julian Fantino squawks at lawsuit-settling gay and lesbian sensitivity training. Now many agreed-to changes to the police's sex crimes unit have been ignored. Fantino accuses his detractors of being "assassins" and tells the press, "You don't do your job perfectly either." We are days from being rid of this embarrassment; if the Liberals give him a provincial appointment, it can only be a cynical manoeuvre to keep the clumsy cop from running against endangered Finance Minister Greg Sorbara. Time for Julian to disappear.
The dolphins shall save us
Like the smell of rotting fish, Toronto's lakeshore aquarium plans won't go away. For more than 20 years, frolicking fish have been floated for what ails the city. If aquariums were such a great idea, why did Montreal ditch its? Why not a monorail and a casino, like in The Simpsons' Spingfield? City politicians - and entertainment entrepreneurs - should look at uniquely Toronto- or Ontario-based ideas instead of the same quick-buck schemes found in dozens of other cities. If we want Niagara Falls, we can just hop on the unburied Gardiner and ride the QEW to a town filled with wax museums, aquariums and freak shows.