“I can’t support bike lanes. My heart bleeds when someone gets killed, but it’s their own fault.”
Lunatic fringe Councillor Rob Ford must believe that victims of domestic violence get what's coming to them, too.
An idea whose time has gum?
Officials are chewing hard on a tax on gum sales to help defer cleanup costs after a jaw-dropping 28,515 pieces of gum were picked up in last year's litter audit in one 45-square-foot patch of downtown. Envyrobubble, the brainchild of Loredana Oliveti and Ornella DeCola, was supposed to help save our sidewalks from nasty black gum marks that city crews with pressure washers have to clean up. Some 30 of their rainbow-coloured gum disposal bins are scattered across town. The idea was to turn the gobs into fertilizer, but Envyrobubble has so far been unable to find a company willing to collect them for garden compost. Not an "economically worthwhile enterprise," says a rep from one waste company approached by Envyrobubble. And we thought we had the problem licked.
The cops wanted us to know...
That they're greener than we thought. Our riding the cops for choosing a gas guzzler for their new fleet elicited a touchy response from Police Services Board chair Alok Mukherjee, who points out that the board has directed the police to take being green more seriously. Mukherjee says board staff have started by replacing their big-ass Mercury Grand Marquis models with medium-sized Toyota Camry hybrids. There are also plans to buy 14 hybrids for parking enforcement. But the cops can't see the forest for the trees on this one. They keep faxing reams of news releases with info we can easily get online.
Now that Harris is gone, there probably aren't too many of us contributing our tax refund to reducing the province's debt. But the spirit of volunteerism that the penny-pinching Conservatives were so high on lives on -- albeit in the form of a tax credit.