“You can?t be tough on gun crime without being tough on guns.”
Mayor David Miller blows a hole in the Tories' get-tough-on-crime plans. On the one hand it's three strikes and you're out, on the other they're renewing plans to kill the gun registry.
York U's full affrontal
Maybe it was the Prince Albert piercing that freaked out York U admin, causing it to order cardboard cutouts - one male, the other female - on display in the campus's main bookstore window removed in early October. The display was part of an Art Gallery of York U exhibit emphasizing early detection of testicular and breast cancer. Curator Emelie Chhangur understood the display was to stay until December 9. "Breast cancer is easily accepted and talked about, but testicular cancer seems to be an issue." But bookstore manager Steve Glassman says the display was scheduled to stay up for only a week and that complaints from a parent whose child saw it didn't influence the decision to take it down. "The deal was a week, and the week was up," he maintains. Mystifying.
Looks like Conservative leader John Tory will survive the knives his caucus members were brandishing after the PCs' dismal showing election night. The party doesn't really have a choice. The caucus is still so full of Harris-era MPPs, it's either Tory, the lone progressive in the bunch, or remain the right-wing rump the party's become. Question is, who in caucus will give up their seat to make room for Johnny boy, who lost his bid for Don Valley West in such embarrassing fashion? Someone's got to be the sacrificial lamb. He's in denial mode, but our money's on Norm Sterling; he's too left for the Harris crowd.
Citytv dares to be Square
No Barnes & Castle for the Olympic Spirit building in Dundas Square. Citytv is moving in. Station types were in overdrive this week, lauding the move as a logical extension of its little-station-that-could street cred. But we wonder how City's Queen Street cool will fit into the oh-so-mainstream sensibility of the Square to Nowhere. How long before City's bosses CTV Globemedia HQ in Scarberia start messing with the program?
The hex on heritage
Heritage Toronto is commemorating the good works of the House of Providence by erecting a plaque this week at St. Paul's Basilica on Power Street -- by our clock, 50 years too late. If only the building could have been saved. The 1857 landmark that cared for the city's poor and unemployed was unceremoniously torn down in 1962 to make room for the Richmond Street exit of the Don Valley Parkway.