Diamonds for cash

The Toronto Sun, in its paranoid wisdom, has an entertaining article linking a one-off, one-week traffic enforcement blitz , acknowledged and publicized by the police, as a desperate cash grab by Mayor Miller. The anonymous officers quoted in the story lend some credence to the rumour that the Toronto force is less-than-enthralled by enforcing existingcontinue reading

Even GPS can’t help

An OPP officer in Grand Bend explains the meaning of “lost” in today’s Globe: “I don’t think we can say where he is, and that’s very problematic in trying to track him down,” said Detective Inspector Dave Cardwell of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch.

It’s just a ghetto thing

This is an appalling story: “Ghetto dude” e-mail sent by mistake, province says But taking it a step beyond the obvious racist, classist slur meant to describe, it seems certain, the job applicant is the pathetic bureaucratic reaction of the supervisor of the woman who sent the e-mail: Reached on vacation in the Maritimes, Craigcontinue reading

TREB’s Victory

The delay of the vote on the land transfer and vehicle registration taxes may represent a defeat to Mayor Miller, but more than anything, it’s a victory for the Toronto Real Estate Board, who orchestrated a bombastic campaign against the former. “Nobody likes taxes, but the public has been adamant that a second land transfercontinue reading

I’m mad as hell…

and I’m not going to take it anymore. An MSNBC anchor refuses to read a Paris Hilton story. As a former producer I have to say this looks like genuine, unscripted frustration to me. Keep watching the clip as Mika Brzezinski (daughter of Zbigniew) presses her point:

Safety madness, chapter 501

The Toronto Transit Commission has not only removed the “walk left, stand right” signs from its escalators, it’s also suggesting that no one should walk on the escalators at all: “The intent is for the escalator to carry people up the escalator. If they are capable of walking, they should be utilizing the stairs. Now,continue reading

Canada’s never-to-be-majority government

This may end up being premature, but I’ll call it anyway: Harper will never lead a majority Conservative government in Canada. He’s lost all the seats in the Atlantic provinces, most if not all of the 12 Saskatchewan seats, isn’t gaining ground in Ontario, and $700 million can’t buy Quebec, according to today’s Decima poll:continue reading

Driving Home a Point

Saturday’s Post had a somewhat incoherent article with the bombastic headline “Toronto’s War on Cars” over the weekend, featuring a 25-year-old risk management consultant who couldn’t be arsed to walk to the subway stop nearby. But they made up for it today with a great op/ed by News Talk 1010 drive home host John Moore.continue reading