Wednesday’s headlines

PRIDE
• No new strings with Toronto’s Pride funding [National Post]
• Pride likely to receive city funding after threats over controversial group [The Star]

CITY HALL
• What would you cut, Toronto asks its residents [Globe & Mail]
• CIty a step closer to taking over Casa Loma [The Sun]
• Councillors endorse bid for police games [The Sun]

TCHC
• Committee votes to sell 22 TCHC homes [The Star]

OTHER NEWS
• Diversity a factor in raising fitness levels among Toronto’s young [Globe & Mail]
• Express bus corridors increasingly popular transit option [Globe & Mail]
• A smart solution to Toronto’s taxi woes [National Post]

6 comments

  1. The QuAIA/Pride affair demonstrates the threat posed by people who highjack a controversial issue and use it as a stealth vehicle for hate against a particular group. One’s position on the issue may be defensible, but at some point the obsessive focus singling out this one group of people, who are already subject to hate and discrimination, suggests this is less about moral principles and more about one’s own fears and prejudices.

    I’m talking of course of the way Mammoliti used the “Israeli Apartheid” issue as a vehicle for his homophobic efforts to defund Pride, even long after the annoying QuAIA people had backed out of the parade.

  2. Comparing a traditionally persecuted group (Queers) attempting to non-violently raise awareness of the plight of another persecuted group (Palestinians) to the Klu Klux Klan, a group traditionally made up of good ole boys, many in positions of power, that terrorized, raped, beat and lynched people because of the colour of their skin, is far more abhorrent and disgusting than anything QuAIA has said or done.

    I have no patience for either anti-semetic or homophobic behaviour. But questioning the poor choices the State of Israel has made, and drawing attention to the impacts they have on people both within Israel itself and the occupied territories, isn’t anti-semetic. Honestly, it’s not even necessarilly anti-Israel; in the long-term, Israel’s survival depends on normalizing relations with its neighbours, something its current behaviour precludes.

  3. I was supportive of QuAIA until it became clear to me that, sadly, some (I’m assuming not all) of the people involved do have anti-Semitic feelings/views. It’s so very unfortunate that any criticism of the State of Israel’s policies attracts people like that, it delegitimizes the message. Hijacking and hate all around.

  4. One of the issues with Toronto, is that the city thinks nothing that ever happens there, has ever happened anywhere else, in all of History. The cab situation is rather simple, create a new cab licence, that is connected to the vehicle, not the owner or driver, that cab must pass an annual mechanical and structural inspection and meet appearance standards, if it does not meet the city standards, the licence can not be renewed. Licence the driver separately, to make sure that drivers also meet minimum standards. For example the ability to speak English, and good general knowledge of the city, which can be easily done by having a map of the city without street names, and they need to state how they would get to those locations.

    Remove the city regulation over taxi rates, and require them to be posted on the exterior of the cab. Competition will then set the rates, properly.

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