“It's astonishing that the most obvious social need in our country, housing, has yet to be discussed in this federal election.”
Tanya Gulliver of the Toronto Disaster Relief Committee, wondering if the "H" word will be heard in this campaign.
SUVs' added muscle
SUV sales may be sputtering, but three of the Big Four automakers are reintroducing another gas guzzler, the muscle car, to take up the slack in SUV sales just as gas prices and eco concerns are turning buyers off. Chrysler has the Hemi Charger, GM the Camaro, Ford the Mustang. Are we seeing the end of the era when the auto industry can create demand for wasteful vehicles by simply running glitzy ad campaigns? Industry honchos don't think so.
Shoot them hippies
One northerner who doesn't dig "drug-smoking hippies" from T.O. is targeting eco group Earthroots with his own website. The charmer behind the effort has purchased the earthroots.ca URL (the wilderness preservation org's website is earthroots.org), on which he invites hunters to post "anti-freedom regulations that Earthroots is trying to push for" like bans on ATV trails up north and rock climbing on the Niagara Escarpment. One photo posted on the site to "entertain any hippies" shows two blood-stained wolves that have been trapped. Who's on drugs here?
What’s up, Jack?
We can forgive idealist Jack Layton for feeling disillusioned by the lack of any real discourse on the issues during the current campaign. But we're a little perplexed by his recent conversion to law-and-order measures and his proposal to try 16-year-olds charged with gun crimes as adults. Cheap attempts to curry favour with right-wing voters are no way to run a campaign. Get back to the vision thing, Jack.
Bin there, done that
The numbers are in: Torontonians hate those godawful monster garbage bins. But you wouldn't know it from the city staff report that used surveys of fewer than 200 pedestrians to make the case that the bins are well received. Well, according to 75 per cent of the other 3,800 residents and biz owners who wrote in to offer their opinions, the bins are a waste of space. No surprise, since they're really billboards. So Mayor Miller, what are you going to do about it? We say it's time to end this pilot project.