“We can't afford to operate what we've got now, so there's no way.”
TTC chair Howard Moscoe on why plans to build a $1.5-billion subway line to York U will sink a cash-strapped TTC further into service hell.
After fleecing the city of millions to make her friends and lovers rich, former city treasurer Wanda Liczyk, we discovered this week, was paid a staggering $500,000 termination bonus by city-owned Toronto Hydro (where she served as exec VP) last year. No doubt we'll be reading about her connections landing her another six-figure-salary job in the near future. In the meantime, she's laughing all the way to the bank - and probably some beach in St. Kitts. Tell us again why taxpayers are obligated to honour this weirdo's contract.
This sob story a nag
We love animals just as much as the next cop, but all the pomp and circumstance over the death of cop horse Brigadier is taking on the shite-like whiff of a carefully orchestrated police PR campaign. The boys and gals in blue are milking this one, staging an elaborate send-off this week complete with dignitaries, including Lieutenant Governor James Bartleman, and bagpipe tribute. We can only imagine the attacks pro-cop forces would have launched if the mayor had ducked this affair for more pressing matters.
We're happy to see that Ryerson's Lake Devo square at Gould and Victoria has finally been reopened after an addition to a nearby building closed off the popular student hangout. We only wish Rye High administrators hadn't permanently taken away a chunk of Devo, one of the campus's few open spaces, to make room for its expansion plans. Maybe they should get serious about those oft-mentioned grand plans to turn the entire area into a pedestrian mall. We can only dream.
Harper the not-so artful dodger
PM Stephen Harper is returning to his bullying ways, more apt to throw a hissy fit than answer tough questions from the ethics commissioner about whether he offered inducements to ex-Grit Dave Emerson to join the Tories - like the cabinet post he got, maybe? Harper dodged the ethics commish for four months while the latter was probing Liberal efforts to get former Conservative MP Gurmant Grewal to cross the floor last fall. And we all remember questions about those phone conversations with Grits that Grewal taped. Did Harp put him up to it to trap the Libs?