Thursday’s headlines

PARADES & FESTIVALS
• Pride survives [Now]
• Caribana gets a new name [National Post]
• Caribana to be called Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto [Globe & Mail]
• Former Caribana now called Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto [The Star]

CITY HALL
• Mr. Personality [The Grid]
• Creative accounting [Now]
• No Ward 9 byelection? Doesn’t matter to Mayor Ford [The Star]
• Scrap the bag tax: Business group [The Sun]
• Dog and cat selling ban a bad idea: City officials [The Sun]
• Mississauga councillors confused over gift rules [National Post

CYCLING
• Toronto leads in bike collisions [National Post]
• Bixi bike doctors [The Grid]

OTHER NEWS
• Toronto police vote for 11 per cent pay hike [Globe & Mail]
• Fire rekindles development debate [National Post]
• Dog park wars erupt in North Toronto [The Star]
• Street with no name in North York gets new moniker [The Star]
• James: How Toronto can achieve 70% waste diversion [The Star]

2 comments

  1. Projecting forward from the projects Bob & Doug are currently pushing, I’m really looking forward to the Mayor’s cancellation of the blue bin and green bin programs at the beginning of 2012, the rerouting of storm sewers from treatment plants to the lake by mid-2012, the removal of sidewalks along arterial roads by the end of 2012 (if pedestrians get hit, it’s their own fault for being there), the replacement of downtown towers with surface parking lots by mid-2013, renaming “councillors” to “aldermen” by the end of 2013, and ringing in 2014 with the reintroduction of both the stubby beer bottle and leaded gas (to improve automobile engine life).

    With any luck, the Scotiabank City of Toronto will be a perfect recreation of 1973 by the end of his first term.

  2. That National Pest article looks even more insane viewed from cyclable Tokyo. The agency of collisions is twisted to redeem drivers. I’d write a response to them, except there’s no point.

    “pedestrians colliding with vehicles”: how irresponsibly suicidal of them.

    “We don’t know why Toronto is different from these other jurisdictions”: negligible policing, perhaps?

    “The city does what it can to improve the conditions for road users, said Mr. Brady, with better marked crosswalks and pedestrian countdown signals at intersections.” But apparently the statistics show the city isn’t doing enough…

    “the most common kind of collision between four and two wheels involves one side swiping the other; the second most common is a cyclist striking a car’s open door.” In real life, cars moving into a cyclist’s space, and car doors swung into a cyclist’s space.

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