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Sheela Basrur 1956-2008
She’s being remembered for leading the city through the terrifying SARS epidemic, but just as importantly, former Toronto medical officer of health Sheela Basrur put public health above all else, not pleasing her political masters. See her push for a pesticide ban, a no-smoking bylaw and groundbreaking report on childhood obesity. Basrur fancied the Who, too. And so, in her honour, we sing a song to the wide open spaces, to the infinite sea, to the sky-high mountains, to the free. Rest in peace.
Are we the only ones feeling like a massive hole has been blown through our collective consciousness after the pathetic coverage of this year’s Aboriginal Day of Action? Hard not to feel deflated after last year’s outpouring. OPP Commish Julian Fantino is threatening to go on the warpath against native protesters. Owen Young, the Ontario Crown prosecutor who urged a judge to impose “a financial penalty that hurts” on natives opposing mining on unceded land has been appointed senior counsel to the Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission. It’s shaping up to be the summer of our discontent. More reason to be wary of the “apology” the feds are set to make to residential school victims next week.
KFC has come around to activists’ demands and promised more humane treatment of chickens it’s sending to the big deep fryer in the sky. Meanwhile, near the wilds of Pickering, a black bear appeared last week, the surest sign yet that the last remaining swath of green space slated for massive residential development northeast of the GTA is a vital wildlife corridor. Humans giveth. Humans taketh away.
Front Street put-on
Somewhat lost in the right-wing braying over the mayor’s plan to hack down a huge eastern section of the Gardiner was news last week that the hated Front Street Extension is being canned. Not so fast. In late March, five years of inaction on a required EA effectively meant the project would have to go back to square one. But if the Extension was predicated on the western section of the Gardiner coming down, does that mean it’s truly dead? Or just being mothballed until the city has the cash to tear down the rest of the expressway?