Wednesday’s headlines

• Don’t kill land transfer tax, budget chair advises [The Star]
• Ford ‘crying wolf’ over budget: Councillor [The Sun]
• City turns to citizens to solve looming deficit [National Post]
• Toronto budget chief says land transfer tax should stay for now [Globe & Mail]

• Hume: Waterfront unveils the future while city remains stuck in the past [The Star]
• A speed-wired waterfront [The Star]
• New waterfront communities to get ultra high-speed Internet [National Post]
• Ultra-high-speed broadband for a wired waterfront [Globe & Mail]

• Would you like a coffee with your bus ticket? Presto! [The Star]
• TTC issues ultimatum on Queens Quay [The Star]

• Toronto’s revolving door of construction frustrates residents [Globe & Mail]
• Peter Kuitenbrouwer: Dundas West’s construction purgatory [National Post]

• ‘Huge spike’ in e-book downloads at Toronto libraries Downloads of e-books by Toronto [The Star]
• Neon orange bike lives to see another day [The Star]
• Requiem for a bridge [Globe & Mail]
• Altercation prompts call for harsher controls on squeegee kids [Globe & Mail]
• Outlaw squeegee kids: Holyday [The Sun]
• Amid global retail hotspots, Bloor Street a bargain [National Post]
• Opposition to Mississauga power plant reaches Toronto [National Post]


  1. Gord Perks comment that the deficit is smaller when the surplus is factored in leaves little doubt that he is a buffoon.

  2. You know for construction projects, it’s clear that when it comes to the city (the province and feds are no better) the left hand, doesn’t know what the left thumb is doing, let alone the right hand.

    This is fixable, when the city decides a street should be refurbished, it should be decided now, what work will be done the summer of 2013, all the utilities (including the TTC) would be told, that they must complete any work by a certain date, otherwise the utility must bear the cost of putting it in the same condition as before they started, for 5 years after the city work is completed.

  3. Toronto has an aggressive-homeless problem, and anyone who says otherwise is either lying or ignorant. This has been a problem for a long time, with no one listening to the complaints of the middle class who try and work and live in the city. As much as I despise the Fords, this is one issue where their bullying, neanderthal form of government might actually be effective and appropriate.

  4. I seriously doubt a “bullying, neanderthal form of government” would do anything but increase the aggressive-homeless problem by removing services that help them.

    Perhaps instead of listening to the middle class, they should listen to the homeless.

  5. ISkyscraper, really? Or maybe your memory about this city is getting a bit foggy? I don’t claim to be an authority on this topic, but I work very close to one of the worst area of the city in terms of homelessness and crime (Queen and Sherbourne), I walk around the area occasionally, and bike through it every weekday, sometimes around midnight, somehow I always feel safe and was never bothered by aggressive homeless people. I do have to pay extra attention on my bike because some of them cross the road pretty erratically, but nothing aggressive really.

  6. iSkyscraper, I’m curious if you could name a few cities that merely have a passive-homeless problem, so we can see what level of civility our bums need to achieve.

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