“I think this lawsuit is thicker, in terms of paper, than his company is.”
Mayor David Miller on entrepreneur Robert Deluce's $505 million lawsuit - finally served this week - over the city's decision to kill the hated bridge to the Island Airport. That it took eight months for Deluce to get around to serving the city tells us all we need to know about his chances of succeeding in court.
Monster garbage attack
It's like a bad horror flick - the city's plan, that is, to buy some 1,200 billboards masquerading as garbage bins from Olifas Marketing Group (OMG). The newfangled bins, which will be more than 2 metres high, are even worse eyesores than OMG's current bins, which are falling apart and don't actually serve a useful purpose. OMG has a habit of placing its cans in the strangest places, out of pedestrians' reach but arranged so the ads are clearly visible to passing cars. At times, the company has also refused to pay money owed the city under the contract. We're afraid this might be another mess in the making - only bigger.
The Indigo and Chapters full-page Canada Day jack-off pointing out that the big-box retailer is a "made in Canada" company is a little hard to swallow given the hundreds of small booksellers Heather Reisman Inc. has put out of business. It's not like the big-box has been doing publishers any favours, either. Reisman Inc. stores have a reputation for over-ordering books - they do have all that shelf space to fill - only to return unsold copies later to publishers who end up having to cover 100 per cent of the cost. Thanks indeed, Heather.
Missile defence regrets
Can we trust the Grits not to join U.S. Star Wars? The Canadian military has been taking part in missile defence war games at NORAD. Scariest of all, signing on to missile defence would not require a vote in Parliament. Freaked yet? Add your voice to an online petition at www. ceasefire. ca/campaign. Your grandchildren will thank you.
Boomer of a bike lane
Despite fear-mongering about traffic nightmares by car-loving councillor Case Ootes and his cohorts from Scarberia, the Dundas bike lanes from Broadview to Kingston Road have turned out to be a huge success. Travel times actually decreased for motorists travelling east during morning rush and west during evening rush. And those claims of traffic spilling into surrounding neighbourhoods? The city study counted a total increase of 12 cars an hour. Take that, Case.