Just when you thought it was safe to go to the Islands, the Toronto Port Authority releases its summary of airport noise objections, and guess what? The complaints keep on climbing (up to 196 in June from 80 the month before) and the Authority does, well, squat. Page after page, you'll find heartbreaking pleas from Islanders being awakened from their beds early Sunday mornings, being forced off their own decks and gagging on air pollution, all (or almost all) thanks to Porter airlines' low flyers. And page after page, the official response is pretty much the same: "No unusual operations have been noted." In other words: "Suck it up."
On thin oil
It's been a Motrin kind of week for the tar sands PR peeps. As they desperately try to convince American buyers that our shit doesn't stink (the Alberta government is spending millions on a marketing campaign that, among other prongs, is flying U.S. journos to Fort McMurray for a greenwashed look-see), three enviro groups, including heavy-hitting Pembina, stormed out of official consultations on greening the sands. This just days after the UK Advertising Standards Authority bitch-slapped Shell for claiming its Canadian oil sands projects are a "sustainable" source of energy. You think if we asked them nicely, the Brits would extend their marketing standards to Canuck turf and give Alberta's officials a smackdown, too?
Blacking out over nukes
Wasn't that lovely of Bruce Power to join the blackout anniversary celebrations and shut down two of their reactors for the day? Or, whoops, was it just a coinkidink that on the day we commemorated the greatest grid failure in North American history, Ontario's nukes were once again down for the count? But, hey, we've only had a few unplanned outages and one reactor busted all summer long, so it couldn't be yet another sign that McGuinty is wasting, oh, $26 billion on a big, fat nuclear boondoggle, could it?
The street sweeper award goes to...
Aw, doesn't it just warm your cockles? Word is, Toronto's Streets To Homes program is a finalist for the World Habitat Awards (given out during the UN's World Habitat Day celebrations). For some reason, while Toronto's application was candy-coated, OCAP doesn't find the situation all that sweet. The anti-poverty org shot off a protest letter to the award's organizers clarifying that Streets To Homes sweeps the homeless out of the core and into abysmal apartments, and slashes vital services. Guess T.Dot might not have scored so well if the program had been called Streets To Slums.