We have to challenge ourselves to escape our own puberty.Councillor Brian Ashton tells crime-conscious Scarberia to get over its Jane-Finch complex.
CAMH’s greenless headspace
We know the giant trees fronting the property at 1001 Queen West contributed to the old mental health centre’s sense of isolation, but that’s what we loved about the place. But, hey, we can’t let a little leafy green get in the way of progress, so 44 of the towering giants are slated to be felled as phase 1 of the sprawling CAMH redevelopment kicks into high gear. By the time construction’s over, most of one of the city’s oldest stands will have come down. You’d think the developer would be into creating a better headspace at this location.
Organ donor boner
It’s hard to get anyone from Health Canada on the phone these days to explain the feds’ new regs banning organ donations by men who’ve had sex with other men in the last five years. The new regs don’t mention anything about safe sex, so we can understand why some gay groups are up in arms. But if the feds are so concerned about safety, shouldn’t young hetero women be on the list of banned donors, too? They have the fastest-rising incidence of AIDS in the country.
Big, bad Canuck mining companies aren’t the only ones with dirt on their hands in Burma. Some of this country’s finest post-secondary institutions do business with the military junta. The York Coalition for Responsible Investment (YCRI) is calling on York U’s Foundation Endowment Fund to cut its $300 million in investments through multinationals like Total, Chevron, PetroChina, Mitsubishi, Toyota and Hyundai in Burma. But York’s not alone. Canadian Friends of Burma’s next targets include the University of Alberta, Queen’s, U of T and UBC. Some commitment to social justice.
Who said the SUV market is dead? Word out of the Detroit auto show this week is that China will be offering its Chamco SUVs and pickup trucks for sale in Canada next year at cut rate prices – a measly $13,500 U.S. Great. We can’t get electric cars approved for sale in this country (okay, so they’re a little slow), but we’ll open the market to greenhouse-gas-spewing SUVs.