It is not at all the intent to turn our schools into police buildings.
Working-class hero and poet Al Purdy has taken up residence at Queen’s Park north. A statue of Purdy was unveiled Tuesday. Canada’s “voice of the land” rode the Depression-?era rails west for inspiration. Hopefully, his presence will help bring this scraggly city-?run greenspace back to life.
The patch features some of the most impressive maples in the city but has suffered years of neglect. We’d start with the teetering benches and go from there. We wouldn’t want Purdy to get lost in our collective consciousness for lack of a good place to sit.
Harper’s sorry act
For Stephen Harper, politics means always having to say you’re sorry. The PM’s sorry for a lot of things these days. He looked sorry the other night in the crowd at Canada’s 5-?4 loss to Russia in the hockey world finals. But that’s another story. Our PM is trying to show himself to be a rather big fellow lately, apologizing for our spotty treatment of ethnic minorities. Smile for the cameras. Pass the cheque. So this is the sum total of the Tories’ vaunted outreach to minorities? What is it about Harper’s bottom-?line politics that Canadians aren’t getting?
The city’s graffiti busters have been working overtime on Queen West recently, blasting with pressure washers and painting over storefronts without warning – including local independents that don’t mind the tagging and graffiti. This is Bohemia, after all. The stretch that includes Rotate This has been particularly hard hit. There, local spraypainters shot back with a messages of their own to graffiti clean-up crews: Tag me and Keep off.
Oh, the humanity
The good news is that Habitat for Humanity is building some much-?needed housing on Kingston Road in the east end. The bad news is that a revered neighbourhood oak is getting in the way. Talk about a hammer to the head. Habitat’s good deeds across Toronto always seem to come with a not-?so-?green lining. It’s the inevitable price we pay when the only parcels available for assisted housing are in long-?neglected areas.