“Sheltering the homeless will simply be left to charity.”
Housing advocate Gaetan Heroux on the dangers of adopting the U.S. model of closing s helters and pushing the homeless into transitional housing.
Clearly, the Harper government lives in cozy little bubble insulated from all living things, but the PM's stance on deep-sea trawling is wearing our patience, especially in light of the release last week of some of the most exhaustive analysis done so far on the world's 7,800 underwater species. It basically said that if we keep vacuuming the oceans bare, by 2048 we'll be left with an empty ocean full of poisonous algae. Dang, even George W. Bush recognizes that that could put a damper on his fishing trips; he came out in favour of a global moratorium on bottom-trawling on the high seas just last month. Harper, on the other hand, stands firm in his opposition to the ban. Someone throw the man overboard already.
Globe’s chicken choke
For a second we thought we were reading the Post last week, but, no, it was the Globe chewing on KFC's decision to do away with trans fats in its secret recipe and frying up a freedom-of-choice issue out of it. According to the Globe, if consumers want to eat chicken with artery-clogging trans fats, then they should damn well be able to. Strange reasoning from a paper that's served up a story or two on how fat Canadians are getting. The Globe arrived a decade or so late to that other big issue messing with our health: global warming. Will we soon be reading about bringing back smoking in bars?
We were a little surprised by the recent ruling of Justice Denise Bellamy, the hard-nosed judge who loosed a torrent of daggers at Tom Jakobek and friends in her damning MFP report last year. Seems a well-connected bad boy, 22-year-old Adam Wookey, found himself in front of her after coke-peddling and sawed-off-shotgun-toting charges. Wookey, whose granddaddy built chi-chi Hazelton Lanes and whose Uncle Simon Wookey is running for council, scored himself a forgiving sentence after his "law-abiding family' sent reference letters to the court. Not that we're asking for tougher drug sentences, but if it's family ties it takes, the kids at Jane and Finch are out of luck.
905, here we come
Wow, we've been unfairly badmouthing the burbs as miserable, disconnected centres of inactivity if you believe two new studies released this past week. One says people actually cherish car commuting as their daily "moment of Zen," and the other says the lack of nearby stores, rec centres and walkable amenities in suburbia does not, in fact, make people portly, it just draws lazier people . Damn, they should develop a whole marketing campaign around this -- you know, like "Come to suburbia for the commute, stay because it won't make you fat... unless you hated walking to begin with."