This is good news that makes the city more competitive.Big-bank spokesperson Steve Sorensen tries to convince us that the huge property-tax plum owners of bank towers were handed last week won’t mean higher taxes for T.O. residents.
Say it ain’t snow
The eco fallout from this winter’s record snowfall is being felt big time in the Don Valley. The toxic slurry from the mountains of white stuff trucked to the snow dump just off the Bayview-Bloor ramp has dealt another blow to plans to plant a wetland there. Bring Back the Don has been pushing the city to close the dump since 2001. The org says a wetland will catch stormwater runoff from Moore Park Ravine and preserve Chester Springs Marsh further downstream. By the time this mound has finished disgorging its toxic load of road salt, grease and grime, there’ll be little hope of anything green growing on this moonscape.
Gay rights not human rights
Maybe now that a gay cop and prominent gay activist from Jamaica are claiming refugee status in Canada, the feds will be forced to take notice. But so far the Canadian International Development Agency has ignored pleas from Egale Canada to hold back some $600 million in funding to Jamaica until the government of the gay-hating nation does something to stop machete-wielding mobs from attacking homosexuals; there were 43 such assaults in 2007. Or don’t the god-fearing folk running Ottawa rate gay rights as human rights?
Doh! Dion hightails it
The Tories commit $10 billion of a $12 billion surplus to debt reduction and the Grits can’t find anything to vote against in the budget? Then again, like this week’s federal budget, the Grits never did Toronto any favours when they were in power either. What chickenshits. And the Liberal braintrust wonder why polls show the Tories flirting with a majority. Stéphane Dion should have pulled the trigger when he had the chance months ago. Deer caught in the headlights or what?
AG crowns cop appeal
More curious dealings coming out of the attorney general’s office. AG Chris Bentley has ordered a review of how the Crown prosecutes complex cases. That review won’t include the shemozzle that led to the staying of charges against Toronto cops a couple of weeks back, for obvious reasons: the Crown’s appealing that case. Obviously, there’s a problem. And any review that comes back saying as much won’t help the chances of this appeal.