I don’t support it, and we won’t fund it.One minute he’s shamelessly dissing black-focused schools. The next he’s congratulating Stephen Harper. Dalton McGuinty’s come unglued.
Snow job In the square
More billboards in Dundas Square. This time the city’s promising more “playful” advertising, whatever that means. Now we can really pretend to be like New York. Maybe the square’s managers should do more than cut a few diagonal paths through the snow if they want to make the world’s biggest visual distraction a little more people-friendly in the dead of winter. How about some potted conifers, snow forts, hot chocolate and a toboggan run off the main stage? No, we’re not kidding.
Cop corruption stink sticks
The stink left hanging over the half-dozen cops involved in the biggest set of corruption charges this city has ever seen is not something the force’s civilian boss wants to see stick to the department. Police Services Board chair Alok Mukherjee has mused publicly about the department not picking up the legal fees for the six officers, against whom charges were stayed last week. The board is usually legally obligated to pick up the tab. Makes you wonder what Mukherjee knows that we don’t.
Phthalates too late
Gasp! We’re rubbing hormone-disrupting plastic softeners into our babies with every squirt of lotion and shampoo? I wish we could say we’re relieved by the fact that Health Canada is now “studying” the matter. But Health Canada has known of concerns about the nasty family of chems (including their link to testicular abnormalities) since the early 80s. An expert panel back in 2002 told the feds we need to stop exposing young boys to the chems, but all we get is muddled inaction.
The city’s newest waterfront getaway has everything you’d want in an urban beach: a scattering of willows, tall evergreens, rock outcrops to chill out on and a cool name, Sugar Beach. Its designers imagine “the peaceful contemplative urbanity” evoked in the Georges Seurat painting Bathing At Asnières. We wish. The reviled TEDCO-Corus building will dominate the plaza behind the beach, making the Claude Cormier-designed space less sweet. But the biggest downer is that, like its predecessor, HtO Park, further west, it’s not actually for swimming. The thinking in urban beach design seems to be that you don’t need to get wet to catch the wave.