“It?s a breach of good faith to the public, to the court and to defence counsel.”
Lawyer Dennis Edney casts doubts on the government?s case against 14 terrorism suspects after the Crown cuts short a preliminary hearing ? just days into the defence?s cross-examination of the key informant in the case.
Jumping on the car-free bandwagon
You'd never know it from Car Free Day events held here, but more than 1,300 cities around the world kicked the car out of large parts of their downtown cores last week.
Here, the city forgot to deliver the barricades till noon to the Yonge-Dundas Square part of festivities, though organizers had to write a cheque for the police ahead of the event, and yet another smog day -- a bad one, actually -- made it hard to breathe easy.
The theme of this year's event was Streets Are For People, and the Toronto group of that name called for parking-meter parties on parts of Queen West in advance of the Saturday evening street stroll that let streetcars through while alienating the car-cooned behind them.
A new player jumped on the car-free bandwagon. Bike dealers are realizing that having their customers play roadkill roulette isn't fun or good for business, and have launched a Bicycles Belong In Ontario! campaign.
Daily Bread PR stunt gets cool reception
City officials were left cold by Daily Bread?s attempt at guerrilla theatre last week. Or else they mistook for garbage those empty fridges left at Nathan Phillips Square and on street corners in the financial district to make a point about hunger. They were whisked away before Daily Bread had a chance to issue a press release telling the media where to find them. According to Smak, the ad outfit behind the PR effort, the fridges were ?deliberately left unbranded in order to make the teaser portion of the campaign as visceral as possible.? If only city officials were as quick to deal with issues of hunger.
Designs on Queen triangle
The city?s Toronto Urban Design Awards, announced last week, included the usual suspects. But the Active 18 Queen Street West triangle project must find its honourable mention in the visions and master plans category, touting it as a ?sophisticated, citizen-led planning initiative [that] helped rescue an important creative enclave from obliteration,? particularly galling. Wait a minute. Didn?t the city blow off activists to cut a deal with the developers to avoid going back to the OMB?
Johnny be good
The coveted head-of-news position at CBC has been snagged by former Globe editor John Cruickshank. Cruickshank?s long and distinguished newspaper career in Canada includes stops at the Montreal Gazette, Kingston Whig-Standard and Vancouver Sun. But it?s his recent stint as chief operating officer of Sun-Times Media Group in Chicago, where he presided over drastic staff and cost cuts, that has us worried about the CBC?s future.
Olé, no way
It sounds too crazy to be true. The city is threatening to expropriate the strip of land now occupied by iconic after-hours hangout the Matador if the owners don?t agree to sell. Why would the city go to the trouble? You can?t tell us it?s for the 20-car parking lot it wants to put in its place.