“Fortunately, I?m impervious to pain.”
Conrad ?You can call me Connie? Black begins the remaking of his public image with hot iron shtick on The Rick Mercer Report.
Bloor Bikeway breakthrough
Photo By Darren Stehr
Take The Tooker types have been telling us not to hold our breath ? despite the smog ? waiting for a bike lane on Bloor. But a breakthrough may be in the offing. This week, the works committee considered a report that recommends transportation services look into the feasibility of a bikeway on Bloor from Royal York to Vic Park. The idea isn?t for one continuous lane, but for a number of different options along the almost-20-kilometre stretch, including full-time and rush-hour-only lanes. As for the parking argument invariably raised by merchants, activists have said for years that there?s enough off-street parking along Bloor to accommodate the on-street parking that will be moved to make room for a bikeway. Let it roll, baby, roll.
Burma?s blood on our hands
It?s time for Canadian companies doing business in Burma to get serious about getting out. The millions they invest in that country (see Canadian Friends of Burma, www.cfob.org, for details) are only propping up a brutal military regime that this week showed what it thinks of renewed calls for democracy by gunning down peaceful protestors in the streets. There?s blood on our government?s hands, too, for fighting a meaningful corporate responsibility law that would hold Canuck companies operating abroad to higher social and environmental standards.
Hummingbird?s swan song
The Sony Centre for the Performing Arts? It doesn?t have the same ring, but that?s the new moniker of the historic Hummingbird Centre now that it?s sold naming rights to the electronics giant for a cool $10 million. Sony is promising to renovate the interior and transform the classic circa-60s venue into a ?state-of-the-art multimedia theatre and concert venue.? Hopefully, that doesn?t mean turning the lobby, which currently features York Wilson?s Seven Lively Arts mural, into one big billboard.
Skeletons in Bridgepoint?s closet
Bridgepoint, the folks demolishing the Riverdale Hospital half-round, were warned. Activists opposing its expansion plans said there were human remains on the site. And last week a few skeletons surfaced during excavation of a prison cemetery in the former courtyard of the next-door Don Jail. CEO Marian Walsh says Bridgepoint took into account that there might be remains on the site when it was developing its designs. That?s news to us, but perhaps now there can be an effort to mark and properly preserve this sad piece of Toronto history.