who: Jack Layton and Olivia Chow where: Kool Haus when: Tuesday, October 14, 8:30 pm what: Arriving at victory celebration
I'm Jack Layton and I was running for prime minister.
Election night's nuit blanche
Get a load of the election-night coverage on the major networks? Talk about a colour deficit. The "election teams" distilling the info viewers need to know were overwhelmingly white and male. Nary a person of colour on CTV's nine-member cast. Even the multicult-sensitive CBC missed the boat, so to speak, on its 12-member panel of experts. So who's speaking for those Canadians - the one in five born outside this country and the 15 per cent who identify as members of visible minorities?
It's not much talked about, but the credit crunch in the U.S. could change the face of development in the city, both on the waterfront and in Regent Park, where major overhauls are under way. The mayor tells NOW he's not overly concerned just yet; there's still enough money on tap to complete the massive Regent remake. But there's no doubt the days of high-rise residential are numbered, at least in the short term. A few of those waterfront proposals could use a rethink anyway, the kind that involves more green space and avenues, and human-scale (and fewer) condos, not towers.
Great Lakes leak
It's being hailed as a milestone in freshwater protection. The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact signed by Ontario, Quebec and eight U.S. states received approval from the U.S. House of Representatives last month. For the first time, clear limits will be placed on access to water in the Great Lakes. But two huge obstacles remain: George Bush, who has yet to sign the agreement. And Ontario, which has yet to draft legislation - no small task considering the access bottled water companies have been enjoying to Great Lakes taps.
24 hours of darkness
One fewer subway paper would probably do the environment, and our collective intellect, some good. The Sun-owned 24 Hours recently unveiled a redesign aimed at "hi-speed news," as if the paper's refried morsels from the wires aren't snappy enough already. Competitor Metro is going in a completely different direction, beefing up its content with the addition of columnists David Suzuki and Globe regular Lawrence Martin, among others. A credible news sources rather than brain filler for the rush-hour ride - what a concept.
For the birds
When we got the e-mail from Birdhouse Bullroar, Concerned Citi zen, about "some dickface" putting up birdhouses, we couldn't resist a little trip to West Queen West - especially after reading the part about "ridding our city of these worthless art projects." In the alley behind Wicked , half a dozen fashioned from scrap pieces of wood have been nailed to telephone polls. Makes for a charming walk. Besides, the area could use some cheap housing.