“I thought the provincial parties would come out in strong support of Toronto. Call me naive.”
Council vet Maria Augimeri does an about-face on the mayor?s tax plan. Why does this mea culpa smell as self-serving as her earlier vote against the mayor?
Hung out to dry
The humble clothesline is making a comeback. Cities all over the province are airing their grievances against developers fixated on sterile, cookie-cutter sprawlscapes and pushing the province to pass regs overriding bans on the low-tech, energy-saving devices. If only condo corps in T.O.?s core would follow suit. Many now ban clotheslines and racks on balconies as well as clothes racks indoors. The city unfolded a plan some years ago to push clothesline use over energy-sucking dryers. But that didn?t wash. Time to shake that one out again.
Audi?s audacious SUV slag
Earth-huggers dozily reaching for the Star Saturday morning got a jubilant start when they spotted the giant words ?Don?t buy an SUV? emblazoned across a front-page insert. Was this a bold editorial message? Alas, it was not the dawn of a new eco consciousness. A quick flip of the page revealed that the insert delivered by Audi was pushing its Q7 as being unlike any other SUV on the market and simultaneously trumpeting its 350-horsepower V8 engine. Pretty audacious for a beast that?s scraping the bottom of the fuel-efficiency barrel, with 16 miles to the gallon.
Tory?s sorry story
If Tory leader John Tory is serious about integrating minorities into Ontario?s mainstream, then how about pushing for more funding for public schools, instead of his vote-grabbing proposal to fund religious schools to the tune of $400 million a year? Better still, if Tory really wants to score some points, why isn?t he joining calls for a complete handgun ban in T.O. instead of parroting the gun rights claptrap of his friends in Ottawa?