where: The Direct Energy Centre when: Sunday, November 9, 3:45 pm what: Petting the animals at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair
May this day serve to express our gratitude, respect and constancy.
It's a gas, gas, gas
Photo By Greg Lockhart
There's no reason to fear that mysterious plume that's been rising like a bad odour from Portlands Energy Centre. Actually, you might get a little closer if you want a laugh. It's just a whole lot of nitrous oxide is all - yes, the same stuff you get at the dentist's office - produced as the plant blows off some steam to iron out kinks in its pipe system, according to PEC's community relations guy, Joe Reid. We're relieved, of course, but the other stacks that will belch all manner of residue on nearby neighbours are still no laughing matter.
Star's right-wing zero
A little sad to see the Star's designated Miller-basher, Royson James, himself a member of a visible minority, take a shot at the city's newly launched newsletter, OurToronto. Nothing wrong with informing the public about the services and programs available to them, especially isolated immigrant communities that should be encouraged to engage more in the life of the city. Too bad James fell yet again for the prattle from knee-jerks on council's right wing.
Overworked, underpaid, mostly immigrant hotel workers rallied in front of the Sheraton Centre Hotel Monday, November 10. Long-exploited hotel and hospitality workers have succeeded in winning pay and benefits increases in recent years. Still, global hotel chains like Starwood, which owns the Sheraton, continue to cut jobs even while raking in record earning in the hundreds of millions. No way to treat a workforce that for thousands of tourists is their first introduction to the city.
Loblaws fish fry
Loblaws wants to be Canada's greenest grocer, but the store actually sells 14 of the 15 varieties of fish that Greenpeace says are being over-caught or over-farmed internationally. The eco group, which says three-quarters of the world's fish are in peril, wants Loblaws to stop selling species on its Red List. So far, no response from Loblaw, which has pointed to its membership in the Marine Stewardship Council, a London-based non-profit set up to certify seafood sustainability. Greenpeace counters that "there is no clear evidence that MSC certification is having positive impacts on fish stocks or marine ecosystems."