who: Caribana revellers where: Lake Shore West when: Saturday, August 2, 12:02 pm what: Caribana parade
McGuinty's slippery car deal
The high beams are on and, looky here, there's a weasel on the road to sustainability. Looks like Premier McGuinty managed to snake his way out of adopting California's tough auto emissions standards and still somehow made it into the clique of green states and provinces (led by Cali itself) that kick-started the Western Climate Initiative. McGuinty's preference for letting the invisible hand of the market eco-fy the auto sector had initially blocked our entry into the cap-and-trade gang. But now we can proudly say the WCI watered down its criteria to make way for little old Ontario. Aw, thanks.
Clement high on righteousness
Just when we thought Canada's standing couldn't sink any lower at this week's AIDS conference in Mexico (one NGO gave us a big, fat D on protecting women from AIDS, as it did Nicaragua and Zimbabwe), Tony Clement had to drag us down another notch. The minister peeved World Health Org officials by slamming safe injection sites like Vancouver's as "encouraging people to inject heroin" instead of, oh, I don't know, maybe praising the clinics for their role in slowing the spread of HIV-AIDS among users. What's that guy on?
Isn't Green Shift a dance move, too?
Stéphane Dion just can't shake the whole "stealing from the mouths of grassroots eco babes" thing. Liberal reps have tried to say the term "green shift" isn't specific to the Green Shift company that helps businesses trim their footprint, but is actually used in common parlance. The T.O. co. is pushing back with a database survey of 14,000 publications in 159 countries over the last year that found the term "green shift" used a mere 62 times. We got dibs on Green Sh*%, the Green Day cover band.
Curtain call at the Cumberland?
True, the screens are small and the seats are uncomfortable, but the Yorkville theatre shows films you'd never see in at a slick Silver City. So as much as we'd like to tell you a nice story about the Cumberland 4 theatre not being in danger of redevelopment, we can't. It's no secret Alliance Atlantis has been peddling its theatres ever since Cineplex bought out its partner, Famous Players, whose offices happen to sit vacant at the Yorkville site. But while architect David Pontarini insists he's just in the exploratory stage, the Greater Yorkville Residents' Association is already notifying residents of demolition in January 09. Ironically, if the place does end up condofied, the pervasive sales pitch of nearby "downtown entertainment" will be a distant memory.