We’ve seen no global leadership from Canada on poverty, hunger, disease, climate change and foreign assistance. Just a coincidence? Two days after UN economist Jeffrey Sachs rakes Harp’s humanitarian record, news the feds will be pledging $50 million more to UN food aid hits the front page.
City’s vision problem
We’ll reserve judgment for the moment, but we’re not sure if we should be encouraged or freaked by the appointment of Gary Wright, who spearheaded the Yonge-Dundas redevelopment, as T.O.’s new chief planner. We can only hope the fact that he shares the name of the original Dream Weaver, American songster Gary Wright, foreshadows visionary possibilities. Curiously, though, Wright is slated to retire in 2010, which doesn’t leave much time for the vision thing.
Suck on this, baby
Baby bottle maker Philips Avent went on the PR offensive this weekend, taking out a full-page ad in Saturday’s Globe. Yes, the bottle Junior’s sucking on may be leaching harmful bisphenol A (BPA), but check out the Magic Cup trainer and other products in our line. They’re BPA-free. Need a complimentary sample? No probs. Just don’t expect Philips to pay for replacement bottles. What are parents to do with the suckers? (See Ecoholic, page 35.) Let’s make Philips reconsider.
Working can be hazardous to your health if you’re employed in Ontario. According to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, workers filed almost 334,000 injury and disease claims last year. And that’s not even half the carnage. Unions marking the National Day of Mourning for Workers Killed or Injured on the Job Monday, April 28, say thousands more never report their work-related injuries. Shocking but true: Canada has one of the highest workplace fatality rates (about 1,000 a year) of any member of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). This ain’t no workers paradise.
Cycling advocates have blown a few gaskets over the years telling us just how far behind the pack we are when it comes to two-wheeling. Less talked about is a little-known fact that came out at this weekend’s Bike Summit: 30 per cent more women cycle in European cities than here, which says a lot about the perceived safety of our bike lane network. Aspiring cyclists are obviously not pumped about riding our roads.