I said from the beginning I would raise human rights issues.Our good mayor, David Miller, engages in some Chinese-style propagandizing after agreeing to raise human rights issues on his upcoming trade mission to China.
Price of preservation
Tridel’s glass towers are as cookie-cutter as they come. But the developer deserves props for its Herculian efforts to preserve the James Cooper House on Sherbourne – even if it is plopping a 32-storey condo right on top of one of the best examples of Second Empire-style architecture left in the city. The classic three-storey structure will be moved so an underground parking lot can be excavated and then moved back and attached to the proposed tower. Tridel’s also kicking in $350,000 to restore the exquisite 1800s interior. The payoff for Tridel: approval to build 109 metres high, five times the allowable 23-metre height limit.
If you were scratching your head over where all the activists were during Earth Hour, you ain’t alone. Maybe if the Hour’s lead organizer, WWF, linked arms with a team of green groups instead skipping off with a few corporate sponsors, we’d have had a selection of vibrant politicized events instead of a power-hungry Nelly Furtado concert. T.O. managed to cut consumption by a whopping 8.7 per cent compared to typical Saturday night, Ottawa 4 per cent, Vancouver 3 per cent, Calgary 2 per cent and Edmonton 1.5 per cent. C’mon, people.
Harper’s Quebec hit
Smelling Liberal blood, Harp’s crew is telling Quebec voters he’ll reopen the Constitution to give stronger meaning to a clause granting Quebec recognition as a nation. All voters in la belle province have to do is give him a majority. Classic divide-and-conquer stuff, since the Tories have given up the ghost in Ontario. And hugely hypocritical coming from a Reformer who called bilingualism “the god that failed.” Fond of telling Quebec where it could stick its special-status sentiment no more.
Rob Ford, the emerald borer
Take a good look at this little bugger. No, alleged wife-beater Councillor Rob Ford has not morphed into an insect, although we do wish he’d just crawl away; he’s done enough damage. But much like El Gordo Fordo, this tiny green monster known as the emerald ash borer has been spreading like an infectious disease, gnawing its way into any dark hole it can find and sucking the life out of everything that’s good and green in our city. We thought we had this pest confined to the burbs, but it’s on the move again. Should you happen to spot it in a tree or wood pile near you, call city forestry.