I don’t see in this country or internationally a push for a boycott.The PM dons his blinkers and backs away from his earlier calls for human rights in China over the Beijing Olympics.
Thursday, April 3, 10 am, Mount Pleasant and Lawrence.
Ah, spring is in the air, but so is the sound of chainsaws. The forestry department has begun its annual tree-cutting binge, an awful reminder of how stressed our canopy has become. We’re just beginning to see the fallout from old age, drought and disease. The Norway maples that dominate the streetscape (by one count they make up 35 per cent) are considered an invasive species, so the city’s eager to chop these babies whenever they’re perceived to be a safety hazard. But it’s the lack of diversity in the canopy – only 12 species account for three-quarters of all our trees – that makes our leafy dome particularly vulnerable. Get used to the buzzing. Tree advocates say we’re already seeing significant tree loss in many parts of T.O.
Taxman rides high road
The taxman is cutting bike couriers a little more slack this year. The tax-deductible allowed for food and beverages – their fuel, essentially – has been raised to $17 per day. That may not buy you more than one sit-down meal but it’s better than nothing, which was the case before 1998. July marks the 10th anniversary of the pivotal court decision that in its own way heralded the recognition of cycling as a viable means of sustainable transportation. We’ll ride to that.
Police sitting on polls
We can’t wait for the results of the latest cop online poll. This week’s question: How important do you think it is for the Toronto police to practise environmental responsibility when considering purchases? If the response is anything like the answers Joe Q has been offering to other questions, we can expect the force won’t be ditching those gas-guzzling Crown Vics any time soon. The cops want to know what people are really thinking? Put cops out on the beat.
RCMP’s broken trust
Another rap for the RCMP. This week its former deputy commissioner spilling the beans in the infamous pension fund scandal. Political bombs have been going off around the RCMP for months. The income trust leak. Air India. Maher Arar. Which brings us to those terrorism charges against the so-called Toronto 18. The Crown’s seeking a publication ban on the details. Already it smells fishy.