“We will not tolerate any action by our officers that jeopardizes the safety of residents. Police have taken an oath. Labour disputes do not provide exceptions to their obligation to serve.”
Police services board chair Alok Mukherjee lays it on the line. But will the board have the cojones to charge cops if they continue their slowdown?
Video screens that beam art, not ads
The CBC's Andy Barrie and a few of his friends in the chattering classes have come up with a great idea. Why not, they say, turn off those dastardly video screens beaming ads from all corners 24/7 and for five minutes every day replace the consumer sensory overload with promos for local arts and culture? That would include video boards on the TTC. Barrie promises to bring a formal proposal forward soon. We hope council will show some creativity and get behind it. Mayor Miller, we trust you're reading this.
The feds' cruel calculus
Four Muslim men being held without charges on security certificates who've been on hunger strike to protest jail conditions are being transferred to a federal pen. The feds say their aim is to allow the men access to medical care and religious visits, but the facilities they're talking about sending the men to are a three-hour drive away from their families in Toronto, serving only to further their isolation. Just one more shameful deed in an epic of judicial distortion.
The TTC has chipped in. So has Goodwill. But the leaders of firms who attended a breakfast meeting at the Board of Trade to hear Mayor David Miller's plea to hire at-risk youth didn't cough up jobs. The big bosses of the business community often talk about economic development being tied to the city's social health. Those who have opted into the mayor's program report great successes, financially and in terms of what they've been able to learn about disadvantaged communities. Too bad more aren't stepping up to the plate. Bottom line: they're short-sighted cheapskates.
Wal-Mart turns out lights, turns on PR
Wal-Mart, the U.S. chain that brought us the cult of big-box hell, is pledging to go green by reducing packaging and energy use in its stores. We'll ignore for a minute that it's teamed up with GE, one of the world's largest military contractors. If Wal-Mart really wants to score PR points, it should do something about the near-slave wages and piss poor health care coverage it's offering its workers. With $10 billion in annual profits and a staggering $285 billion in sales, it's hard to fall for this Wal-mart greenwash. firstname.lastname@example.org