I think it’s evident that the mayor did get involved.TTC union head Bob Kinnear on who really runs this town after showing up the mayor in contract talks.
Earth Day haze
You were too busy, perhaps, looking for coverage of Earth Day events in the papers – and not finding any – to notice the Ministry of the Environment’s first smog advisory for 2008 on Friday, April 18, three weeks earlier than last year’s first warning on May 8. Inhale.
While the climate change naysayers in the mainstream media ponder whether Earth Day is still relevant, the air we’re breathing is killing us. Blame govern-ments. Blame our hunger for power that’s making CO2-spewing coal-fired plants work overtime.
Ticketmaster’s Radiohead games
Get your Radiohead tix yet? You’re not the only one who logged onto Ticketmaster’s site only to find tix sold out within five minutes of going on sale. But don’t log out. Ticketmaster has the solution. Just follow the prompts to ticket “partner” TicketsNow. Presto. Radiohead tix. They’ll cost you 10 times more, $695 or more each, if you really want to know. But there’s no shortage, apparently – more than 319 left as of Tuesday afternoon. Yes, we know Ticketmaster bought TiketsNow back in January for a cool $265 million. But look on the bright side. At least you don’t have to bid for the tix.
Cops flash FC fans red card
Toronto FC kicked off their second season Saturday, April 19. Cops were there, too, to give team spirit a kick in the arse with $125 tickets for those drinking in the lot outside the stadium. The last thing the cops need is for this crowd to get out of control. We all know how rowdy FC fans can be. But what’s a soccer match without a few tailgate parties with beer? You’d think the cops would’ve learned something about not getting in people’s faces from last summer’s debacle with the Chilean under-20 soccer squad. 77
Doors Open to sacred places
Doors Open, the annual journey through the architectural and heritage gems of our great city, is incorporating stops with a decidedly multicultural flavour this year: the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Hindu temple in the wilds of Rexdale at Highway 427 and Finch, and Darchai Noam Synagogue on Sheppard West. Great. How much Georgian and Victorian construction can we stand?
No fixed address died here
The official record will show that Corporal Jeffrey Hall and Private Brian Deganis were, in the end, remorseful. Reservists with the revered Queen’s Own Rifles, blah blah blah, the fine young men drank too much one night and in a drunken haze on a foggy morning-after in 2005 beat Paul Croutch, a homeless man sleeping on a nearby bench, to a pulp. Let not the good name of the Canadian military be blackened. Hall and Deganis reversed themselves and pleaded guilty to manslaughter just before a pathologist was set to testify last week to the ugly details – that Croutch died of bleeding in his brain, fractured ribs and a torn spleen. Scary subtext: Hall had signed up to fight in Afghanistan. Are these the kind of warriors we’re priming for Afghan duty?