“ "Waiting exacts a tremendous toll on the human spirit, and when you add pain, confusion, fear and the sights and smells of a busy emergency department, it's no wonder people decide to leave or not come at all.”
Andy Brockway of the Coalition of Ontario Physicians in Emergency tears the blanket off pathetic emergency care. Ombudsman André Marin has been asked to investigate.
Schools lip off in gun debate
For all the voices in the debate boiling about gun violence, the Toronto district school board has been the most conspicuous by its absence. Trustees and staff have supposedly been discussing a "political action strategy," but so far have made no demands of their provincial masters to fund the hiring of new youth workers, counsellors and psychologists. Calling for gun amnesties and tougher sentences for gun crimes is definitely cheaper.
Cops fingered for court overtime
Those false overtime claims some cops have been using to fatten their paycheques will be no more. Cops will soon be required to sign in and out of court on high-tech biometric time clocks that read fingerprints. The police board says it's looking for ways to improve information-keeping. But with more cops raking in $100,000-plus in salaries because of court overtime, we all know the current licence-to-print-money system - just sign a slip and hand it in - offered a lot of cheques and no balances.
Bike couriers union drive goes flat
CUPW's bid to unionize bike couriers has gone poof. Posties pulled the plug on the drive after a meeting at the Harbour Castle to listen to courier complaints went on the skids. The promised cookies and refreshments never materialized, and the union also was unable to offer anything concrete on how unionizing would benefit couriers -- despite the health and safety issues they face every day. In the end, couriers weren't willing to ride with CUPW in return for vague promises.
Fine print in anti-pesticide win
We're happier than a dandelion in the rain that the Supreme Court rejected the chemical industry's last-gasp effort to kill the city's anti-pesticide bylaw last week. Communities should have the right to pass laws to protect the health of their citizens. Let's hope the municipalities surrounding us in the 905 whose lawn drugs end up in our drinking water via the Don and Lake Ontario will take the decision as a green light to push through their own bans. Otherwise we're still doomed to toxic death.