“I have no apologies to make. ”
TTC chair Howard Moscoe tells council right-wingers pushing China-made subways over Canuck-built models where to get off.
The D.O.A.P. on Bush
D.O.A.P. (Death Of A President), the UK film about the assassination of George Bush, will no doubt ramp up the shock-and-awe value of this year’s film fest. But as loathsome as the thought of offing a sitting president, even a low-life like Bush, may be (violence is not the answer), the film has already sparked some important debate in both the British and U.S. press – even the soft-on-Bush New York Times – about where Bush has taken his “war on terror.” And that’s the silver bullet.
Congestion taking its toll
Toronto chief planner Ted Tyndorf’s love for condos aside, we’re gratified to hear him speak so openly nowadays about the need for road tolls if we’re ever to accommodate growth and expand public transit. If only the mayor would stop treating tolls as an election-year non-starter. Perhaps we can also start talking frankly about tearing down the Gardiner as a way of alleviating the congestion that’s costing our city a bundle.
Facing up to the truth
We’re sure General Rick “Give ’Em Hell” Hillier had some inspiring words for troops returning from Afghanistan last week. But the sombre-looking faces of the soldiers splashed across the Globe’s front page suggests that whatever his words, they weren’t making a positive impression. Seems the rank and file, too, may be getting tired of our general trying to kid the Canadian public that we’re in Afghanistan to build democracy and roads. As the mounting body bags are proving, nothing could be further from the truth.
The only thing that seems to be “Reaching Higher” in Premier Dalton McGuinty’s education plans is tuition fees for university students. StatsCan reported last week that tuition fees are up 5 per cent over last year, pushing average tuition to more than five Gs a year for Ontario post-secondary students, the third-highest in the country. What happened to McGuinty’s promise to freeze fees? Must have gotten lost in that $300 million overall budget surplus the Libs announced last week.