“Maybe this is the kick in the pants everybody needs.”
To police Chief Bill Blair, the school shooting of Jordan Manners is a watershed moment – the one to convince members of the black community that cooperating with police doesn’t make them snitches. We wish we could be as optimistic.
The trouble with Allan Gardens' trees
Allan Gardens, one of our oldest parks is, sadly, showing its age. Two more large trees measuring more than 120 centimetres in diameter had to be felled by parks staff recently because, we're told, they were diseased and posing a safety hazard. The park, which dates back to the 1850s, includes some of the oldest trees in the city - many of them more than 100 years old. Maintenance of the park's aging canopy is proving so difficult, staff tell us, that total removal of Allan's trees is increasingly becoming the only option.
We knew the Star was caught flat-footed when the Globe trotted out its redesign, but the Star's response, unveiled this week, looks like it was slapped together on the fly. The new-look Star may be easier to read, but that's only because there's less readable content. Abiding by the Rupert Murdoch "give the people what they want" school of journalism, the Star consulted focus groups and decided to orient its coverage to the 905. What folly. The new "Voice of the GTA" has the feel of one of those mid-size southwestern Ontario dailies, not cosmo Toronto. We're no fans of Royson James, but you'd think the Star, with its recently announced multiculturalism crusade, would give one of their few visible-minority columnists a little more profile? We're stunned.
Sacred native plot saved
This space is usually reserved for the evil politicos do, but even council deserves credit once in a while. Ignoring the braying of the asses in the animal bar, aka council's right-wing, Miller's gang voted to spend $17 million on a swath of Scarborough containing a native burial ground to protect it from development. The move took guts. Council had to dip into the city's reserves to save this sacred piece of our history.
Has anyone else noticed the typo in the Ontario Travel ad playing on screens of the subway platforms pumping the "Caribanana" festival? How's that for dissing diversity?