“They are my guys. The heck with Miller.”
Maple Leafs enforcer Tie Domi weighs in on the cop union's battle with the city and proves he has rocks in his head to match his fists of stone.
Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti's love affair with the cops has crossed over into the ridiculous. Now he's trying to get constituents to swallow the idea that a Tim Hortons franchise is what rundown Emery Village near Weston and Finch needs to spark desperately needed revitalization. First off, the site being proposed for the new Timmy's is nowhere near Emery. The real joke is that it's no more than 100 feet from an existing Coffee Time. Dollars to donuts, this timbit of "great news," as Mammoliti is calling it, brings more strip mall hell.
Mayor David Miller has quietly added impressive new blood to his staff: grassroots dynamo and former Kyle Rae executive assistant Chris Phibbs. The revolving door can be dizzying at City Hall. Phibbs's former boss knows that all too well. Alex MacLean, a former Rae constituency assistant, left abruptly - and in a snit - some weeks back. Whether Rae himself will be around come next election has also been the subject of some speculation, since his eyes have been set on the federal scene for a while. Some would say he's lost touch and that it may be time he moved on to bigger and better things.
One racial slur is usually one too many, but not if you're a supervisor with the RCMP. Judge Athanasios D. Hadjis of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal threw out a harassment complaint filed by Jean-Luc Morin against a superior last week, saying that a reasonable person would not consider five racial slurs in a short period "serious or repetitive enough to poison the work environment." Talk about lowering the bar.
Despite the best efforts of the Toronto Pedestrian Committee to keep the Segway scooter off sidewalks, intense lobbying by local booster Councillor Bill Saundercook has put it back on the works committee agenda. While Saundercook pumps the pedestrian transporter's eco benefits, most Pedestrian Committee members see it as a hazard to those who use foot power to get around. The Segway may be the wave of the future, but until then the last thing we need are more wheels on the last chunk of space still safe for pedestrians.