R. Jeanette Martin
who: Insane zombie posse where: Queen and Bathurst when: Sunday, October 19, 4:45 pm what: Toronto Zombie Walk
We have to ensure jobs are protected.
Star slaps Dion
The headline on the front page of the Star summed it up nicely: Dion quits, Liberals party. Not an explicit parting dig at the former Liberal leader, perhaps - the "party" in fact referred to a photo of would-be successors Bob Rae and Michael Ignatieff in full-throttle embrace at a fete for John Turner - the one Liberal leader who, ironically enough, was given a second shot after a crushing electoral defeat. No such luck for Dion. Blame the Green Shift, the Tory attack ads. In the end, not even the Liberal Star could resist a backhanded slap.
If a tree falls in Etobicoke
This monstrous 250-year-old landmark in front of SEE School, the oldest tree in Etobicoke according to local lore - a safety hazard to the city - will be cut down next month. Students and staff are hoping to keep a piece of this ancient history and have put out a call for artists and craftspeople to think up some creative uses for the timber. Got wood? Then call 416-394-6990.
NDP's Parkdale problem
Talk of Peggy Nash running for the provincial NDP leadership has hearts beating in Parkdale-High Park. Nash would seem a natural, after her loss federally to Gerard Kennedy. Except it's a delicate matter. Provincially the riding is held by fellow Dipper Cheri DiNovo, a political ally whose own name has also been whispered for party leadership. DiNovo isn't likely to give up her seat, at least not without a little bad blood being spilled. Neither are the other two T.O. NDP MPPs, Michael Prue and Peter Tabuns, who both have their own leadership aspirations. All of a sudden, it's getting crowded at the top of the NDP leadership board.
Plans for a 36-storey apartment building have been approved since 2003, but the scaffolding has just gone up around the historic parsonage of the Metropolitan United Church on Shuter. The good news: the medieval-inspired, 1800s grey stone will be saved, moved south along Bond. The bad news: an 815-space underground parking lot, a tradeoff for higher densities, may end up killing the buzz city planners say they're trying to create with commercial and retail on the ground floors.