“They want an urban place to have all the predictability that is only about suburban living.”
Broken Social Scenester Jason Collett on Toronto's silly anti-postering bylaw that would severely limit freedom of expression. He plays a benefit for the Public Space Committee Friday (February 18) at the Bloor Cinema with Sarah Harmer and others.
Tory loves his farm visitin'
Sounding like Eddie Albert in a Green Acres euphoria, Tory leader John Tory is talking country life now that he's trying to squeeze into a rural legislative seat abandoned for him by reviled ex-leader Ernie Eves. Speaking to Orangeville voters, Tory declares he "believes in rural Ontario" and tells "amusing" stories about lazy Torontonians. The defeated Toronto mayoralty candidate should remember we big city folks can read reports from afar. Soft Liberal support might leach Tory's way because of his professed understanding of cities, so he might want an editor for his rubber-boots-and-home-cookin' speeches.
Glen Murray betrays cities fight
Former Winnipeg mayor Glen Murray writes of cities' "critical importance" in the Toronto Star and is being floated as Ontario's "special adviser for cities." This opportunist rat shouldn't get the job, because he abandoned the cause for a failed run at a federal Liberal seat. He could have formed a powerful progressive alliance with T.O.'s David Miller and Vancouver's Royce Pollard but bailed on the opportunity. Now Winnipeg is stuck with a Mel Lastmanesque boob, and this prairie dog should go back west.
Add Moss to Regent Park
Much justified excitement about plans to recreate crumbling Regent Park. This huge swath of downtown seems ready to be reborn as a fantastic mixed-use neighbourhood. Why not throw the absurd, federal-government-owned Moss Park Armoury into the mix? This useless blight does nothing for the neighbourhood and can't be justified strategically. The feds could prove their commitment to T.O. by levelling it.
Maclean's mag swallows Whyte stuff
Watch the resumés fly out of Maclean's magazine as noted publication killer Kenny Whyte steps up as editor and publisher of the floundering Rogers flagship. He built his dubious reputation helming Alberta Report (dead), the National Post (almost dead) and Saturday Night (alive but no one has noticed, soon dead). Once Lord Lawsuit of Fleet Conrad Black's butt kisser, Whyte is popular with out-of-fashion old-school conservatives because of his ability to impersonate a doddering right-winger. Look for the magazine to continue to be ignored in doctors' offices across this great land.