Archive for February, 2006

Argos against Gun Violence

Yesterday on the way home from work, I heard Pinball Clemons give one of the best speeches I’ve ever heard (Dialup users click here – Footage courtesy of Pulse24).

It was moving and up to the mark of a man who really means what he is saying. It was delivered without him having any notes in front of him, and he spoke with honesty, sincerity, and a style that was as inspiring and reminiscient of MLK in 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial.

You really need to watch this video to understand.

Delivery Truck Ban to ease Congestion

Toronto city councillor Michael Walker (St. Paul’s) wants to ban all delivery trucks from entering the downtown core during rush hour. (7-10am and 3-6pm) Walker said that “we’re having constant gridlock downtown and trucks that are sitting in the road idling, create backups of cars and other trucks on the major streets.” The vehicles in the affected area during the prescribed time would be towed away, an idea that could be hard to implement on already crowded streets.

The downtown core is defined in the motion as being bounded by Lake Ontario, Bloor, Spadina and Jarvis. The motion also cites other concerns and reasons like:

– delivery services already factor in the price of parking/no-stopping tickets into their cost
– Toronto Parking Enforcement only has the power to give tickets to vehicles blocking roadways
– New York and London, UK have similar bans
– will cut down on greenhouses gasses as called for under the Kyoto protocol

From the other side, the Toronto Sun talked to Rebecka Torn, “spokesman for the Ontario Trucking Association, said banning rush-hour deliveries would increase truck traffic in off-peak times.” The Toronto Star quotes “If anything, we believe congestion is more of a problem on our regional streets – the 401, 404 and DVP” from James Robinson, Exec-Director of the Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area. Also, from Ontario Trucking Association director David Bradley who said that whatever gridlock there is in Toronto, it’s caused by car drivers, not by trucks.

This issue has been debated since yesterday and discussion will continue into tomorrow as part of a 3-day meeting agenda.

Charity begins at home

Since I work for a non-profit myself, I was apalled to hear that the salvation army got duped out over $2 Million.

I realize that charity begins at home, but this is taking it a bit far. It’s a bit unbelievable considering the company has their own internal auditors. Well I’m glad such news is coming out, because I’m pretty sure that they’re not the only ones that are being duped like this.

ATSA: Attack #12

*WARNING*

The group ATSA (Action Terroriste Socialement Acceptable) have announced that the launch of their attack (#12) against Toronto will be carried out on Friday, February 3rd.

The public is invited…
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