“This is a labour-relations tsunami.”
TTC commission member Brian Ashton on this week's wildcat strike by transit workers. That tsunami is about to get bigger.
Smog-loving Grits getting high on coal
It's that time of year again. You know, when the heat gets unbearable and the Grits start messing around with that promise of theirs to close death-inducing, greenhouse-gas-belching coal-fired plants. When are these yokels going to get hip to conservation and renewables in the big way we need if we want to be able to breathe and keep the smog days from rolling in? No time soon, it seems, now that McSquinty has canned Donna Cansfield and put Dwight Duncan Donuts back in charge of the energy portfolio.
Tooker bike lane gets green light
There's nothing set in asphalt, but bike activists may be getting at least part of that major east-west lane they've been bucking for on Bloor. The Gomberg Memorial Bloor Street Bike Lane, named after our own Tooker Gomberg, is to be part of design considerations for the $25-million Bloor Street transformation. Let's hope architects Brown and Storey come up with something a little more hoof- and cycle-friendly than their Dundas Square design.
Ricky, don't lose that reefer
We love that the Argos have lured footballer and part-time yogi Ricky Williams to the boatmen. But we're a little dismayed by the reaction of editorialists who say bringing in Williams, a former pot smoker, sends the wrong message to young people. One too many second chances for drug-using pro athletes and all that. Too few basement-dwelling doughboys in the press corp are focusing on how Williams eschewed the sports-obsessed spotlight and walked away from a multi-million-dollar contract so he wouldn't have to be bugged by the man about enjoying a little reefer. Spare us the moralizing and pass the dutchie.
Port Authority pulls at PR heartstrings
The Toronto Port Authority, trying to find a little meaning in its existence, has been airing radio ads dredging up, literally, the supposed good works it's been doing to keep the harbour clean and to use the City Centre Airport to fly hearts to transplant patients. Sweet. The ads wouldn't have anything to do with that review of the TPA the Tories are currently undertaking? We'd be a little more touched if the TPA just paid the millions in back taxes it owes the city. Now that would be some kind of PR move.