"These regulations have more loopholes than rules in them."
This box feeling blue
Downtowners might be kvetching that T.O.’s new recycling mega-bins don’t come in small, kind of like Starbucks lattes. But the bigger stink is that we spent large amounts of cash funding jumbo lidded bins just to accommodate all the bulky polystyrene (aka styrofoam) the city was supposed to start recycling this year. Then, boom, Canada’s only styrofoam recycling plant shut its doors at the end of December. And guess what? North America’s only other styro recycler has already turned us away cuz it can’t handle any more of the stuff. We’d better get our styrofoam ban on real soon.
Baird’s hot air
If you vested any hopes for the new year in a greener Harper government, you’re in for some early disappointment. Enviro Minister John Baird abruptly rejected recommendations for a carbon tax made by the very advisory panel the feds assembled back in 2006. Baird dismissed the proposal as a “liberal idea” but said in his next breath that the feds are considering some form of tax on emissions. The bad news is that the rumoured cap and $15-per-tonne charge for additional emissions are nowhere near enough. The Greens, for example, are pushing a carbon tax of no less than $50 a tonne on all emissions. But, hey, if by “liberal” Baird means someone who thinks the end of the world as we know it is scarier than a – gasp! – corporate tax, call us whatever you like.
Egg on McD’s face
Seems McDonald’s may be losing the breakfast wars to Tim Hortons. The fast-food pushers have released a “nutrition calculator” – just in time for those New Year’s resolutions – claiming that McD’s bacon ’n’ egg McMuffin has nearly half the fat and almost 100 fewer calories than Tim’s breakfast sandwich. Now, that’s reassuring, if we forget the artery-clogging saturated fats, cholesterol, sodium and sugar in McD’s sandwich. McDonald’s senior VP of marketing and strategic planning, Laurie Laykish, says of the PR push, “It’s about getting the facts and not denying yourself unnecessarily.” Pass the Ketchup.
Star mangles amalgamation
The Star’s Sunday, January 6, editorial heralding the 10th anniversary of amalgamation as “the natural next step in a remarkable evolution” is a bit rich. Tell that to the school board, which is itching to undo the madness unleashed on our city by the cost-cutting Harris hordes. The best the Star could come up with as a defence of the scheme is that now there are fewer politicians. It forgot to mention the thousands of residents across the city who feel more under-represented than ever.