“It?s all about councillors trying to get a headline.”
Councillor Gloria Lindsay Luby expresses dismay that none of the right-wing penny-pinchers critical of the mayor?s ?perks? are willing to hand back their $7,800 pay raise.
Porter on a wing and a prayer
How much longer can the feds ignore safety concerns at the Island Airport? Last week?s crash landing of a Scandinavian Airlines Q400 aircraft, the same planes used by Porter out of the Island Airport, marks 13 major mishaps involving the Bombardier-made planes in recent months. Hard to blame the malfunctions on older Q400s that came off the assembly line first. The newer Porter-owned planes have had two incidents of their own involving landing gear. Area MP Olivia Chow and CommunityAir called on Transport Minister Lawrence Cannon to order a safety review of Porter?s fleet more than a month ago. The fear is the planes won?t be able to land safely on the airport?s too-short runways should the landing gear fail. But so far only silence from Cannon.
14 billion reasons why we need an election
We?re not saying the Grits did T.O. any favours when they were in power, but perhaps it was wishful thinking to believe the Tories would reinvest at least some of the astounding $14 billion budget surplus into the economic engine of Canada. Of course, Mike Harris acolyte-turned-federal finance minister Jim Flaherty?s disdain for T.O. knows no bounds. Hey, Stéphane, itching for an election yet? Cue clucking sound, please.
Coke?s Far Coast is toast
Looks like Torontonians weren?t swooning and fawning the way Coca-Cola?s marketing army had hoped. Just over a year after setting up its slick digs in Yorkville, Coke?s Far Coast café is packing up and shipping out. The robot-brewed caffeine pods weren?t fooling any coffee snobs. Coke's Amy Laski maintains this ?considered closing? is part of a test market plan.Was part of the plan not giving severance? Laski can?t say. Apparently they?re staffed by an easily blamed third party.
Sorbara out in the shuffle
Was the whiff of another scandal behind finance minister Greg Sorbara?s recent shuffle out of cabinet? The preem?s office is denying reports that allegations Sorbara intervened on behalf of business associates in a health care centre development in Richmond Hill, had anything to do with his resignation for ?personal? reasons. Still, former energy minister Dwight Duncan doesn?t inspire as a replacment. And Gerry Phillips would have been a better choice than former AG Michael Bryant for aboriginal affairs. Hopefully Bryant?s move doesn?t signal that we?re going to be burying land claims in a pile of legal paperwork?