“It should be illegal to wave the flag of this terrorist group [Hezbollah] on our streets.”
B'nai Brith executive vice-prez Frank Dimant does his part (ahem) to defuse local angst over the crisis in the Middle East.
Imagine no smog
Ah, the dog days (or is that smog days?) of summer. We can only imagine the oasis of calm we could have transformed our scorching city into had council shown some initiative. Imagine car traffic barred from the core instead of contributing to the blast-furnace-like heat that's fried our brains. Imagine if the TTC actually had a ridership growth strategy and made public transit free during extreme heat alerts. Imagine the music to our ears if gas-powered lawn machines were banned instead of adding to our heat-induced aggravation - not to mention greenhouse gas emissions. We'd all be breathing a little easier. Instead, we're left baking.
Toronto Hydro pulls plug on eco project
We're saddened to see Toronto Hydro throw in the towel on the proposed Hearn generating station, the plan floated as an eco- friendly alternative to the gas-powered mistake by the lake, aka the Portlands Energy Centre. That's the plan that Ontario Power Generation and McGuinty's Grits are ramming down our throats on the waterfront. We don't need another power plant. What we need is money for conservation programs that offer cash incentives to conserve energy so we don't have to spend billions on taxpayer-funded infrastructure to meet our power needs.
Curly, Larry and Mo office space
City council's Three Stooges, Rob Ford, Doug Holyday and Giorgio Mammoliti, were at their foul-mouthed worst again last week, this time over whether Ford and Holyday should foot the bill for the Etobicoke civic centre office space they've been availing themselves of gratis. Giorgio didn't have to bare his chest, as he's done during heated exchanges in the past, to make his point. But watching Ford and Holyday, council's biggest penny-pinchers, blubber through their feeble explanations just shows to go ya that no politician is above sneaking a perk when it suits him.
Harper’s AIDS fix
We're not surprised the PM has taken a pass on the AIDS conference set to begin next week in T.O. With the Middle East going up in flames and the dead bodies of Canuck soldiers arriving from Afghanistan on a regular basis, we understand the PM's got other priorities -- and some summer BBQs to get to. No doubt Harp would have had some 'splainin' to do to his gay-hating evangelical base had he accepted organizers' invitation. But, then, governing all the people takes guts, and we all know Stevie's got none -- unless it involves turning around planes for a cheap photo op.