“I?m sick and tired of the overcrowding, the poverty, the sadness. ”
Camo-wearing Mohawk leader Shawn Brant portrayed in a more reflective light by the Globe after media makes him out to be some kind of militant nutbar in the days leading up to last week?s Aboriginal Day of Action.
Taking the sting out of West Nile
Not to minimize the importance of prevention measures, but the province's campaign warning of the dangers of West Nile bites. The $2.5-million info blitz feels like one big ad for mosquito repellent. Signs appearing last week at TTC stations proclaim that "West Nile is a bigger problem than you think it is," even while Toronto Public Health stats show that six people were diagnosed with the virus last year, down from 38 cases the year before. Thirteen birds were killed by the virus last year, as opposed to 37 the previous year. Isn't the the real scary thing here the ads encouraging people to slather neurotoxins on their bodies? Perhaps the province should start focusing on ways we can eliminate mosquito breeding grounds (i.e., getting rid of standing water) instead.
Goodbye, garage mahal
So Environment Minister Laurel Broten finally caves to media scrutiny and cancels plans to build a two-storey garage just hours before the OMB sided with her neighbours and voted against the gargantuan car shack. Hooray -- now the whole block can relax, but what about the rest of the province? If only this kind of eco-conscious media circus had descended on the minister, say, when she let nukes and incinerators slide past her without thorough environmental assessments. But hey, at least a large willow was saved. That's better than nothing.
Ry High?s scary Sam?s bid
The last thing we want to see is a bidding war that ends up turning Sam the Record Man's primo piece of Yonge Street heritage property into another condo. But we're a little leery of Ryerson's request that the province expropriate the land for the university's ever-expanding campus. We're all for Ry High creating a definable gateway on Yonge, but the school doesn't have a great record when it comes to pairing with retail outfits. (See Ry biz centre's Best Buy and Canadian Tire monstrosity on Dundas.) As lucrative as corporate naming rights can be, we're keeping our fingers crossed that the funky corner won't end up being anchored by another big-box behemoth.