“People shouldn?t be fooled. The Canadian Medical Association does have a privatization agenda. They?re just not talking about it.”
Council of Canadians' Guy Caron wonders why doctors at last week's CMA meeting weren't allowed to discuss the leadership's privatization agenda.
Losing pieces of our green history
No partridge in this pear tree. No water either. The parks department has been asleep at the taps when it comes to watering old stands in our parks. Important parts of our green archaeology like this 150-year-old pear tree (pictured) in Masaryk-Cowan Park in Parkdale -- a stop on last week's Toronto Tree Tour sponsored by LEAF and the Toronto Public Space Committee -- are suffering as a result. "Wow" gardens planted by the city to spruce up local 'hoods get ample water. But Toronto can't truly be clean and beautiful if we don't make our canopy a priority.
Nice to see TD and RBC reopen in Regent Park, we think. Seems the moves are primarily to accommodate the monied customers who will soon be pouring out of the condos now being built as part of Regent Park redevelopment. Perhaps the banks are jealous of the killing payday lenders have been making ever since banks pulled up stakes in poorer neighbourhoods. Let's see how many low-interest business loans will be handed to aspiring entrepreneurs in the community.
Rogers? concession to food workers
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals gives our very own Rogers Centre top marks for the meatless options it serves at Blue Jays games. But it's nothing to chirp about for those working for minimum wage at the stadium's concessions. Unite Here has filed a complaint alleging unfair labour practices against Rogers Media and Sportservice. Chew on that next time you're tucking into a veggie dog at the park.
A ?must not have? for kids this fall
Whatever recommendations the school board's inquiry into security comes up with this week in the wake of the shooting death of Jordan Manners, we hope they don't include bulletproof backpacks. The U.S. firm behind the invention is reportedly scoping ways to sell the book-carrying protectors in Canada. Perhaps a few more of the after-school and community centre programs council's law-and-order right wing has been reluctant to fund would be a better way to stop the bullets from flying. Its worked in Malvern.