Archive for January, 2009

York Back To School Monday

After the 5th days of emergency sessions of Ontario legislature the Liberal Bill 145 will force 3,340 striking workers back to class on Monday. The long mess has come to an end. The union dropped the threat of a legal challenge against the back-to-work legislation late yesterday. The bill is should have Royal assent by 4pm and make it law.

Budget, Budget, Budget… Coalition, Election, or More of the Same

Yes the leaks have been plentiful but Jim Flaherty will be delivering the budget today. I bet CPAC has never been some popular. It will be an interesting ride for sure.

Many commentators are sharp to note that even the previously promised Infrastructure spending has yet to flow (to Toronto and other cities). Will it this time? Downloading the burden on Municipalities (who would be forced to increase taxes) won’t cut it. Miller tried to tame the condo-flipping crowd with a tax increase and got stonewalled. There’s no where to “increase” taxes unless you simply CUT expenditures (i.e. give people less services for the same tax dollars paid). A shady tactic all too familiar by several levels of government. It’s happened far too many times and I’m hopeful that this time the lack of Federal investment in social and brick and mortar infrastructure has been addressed. Tax cuts and no investment (most all of our surplus serviced debt vs. a balanced approach) have swayed Canada to deficit even before a stimulus package.

Will the government fall on this latest list of spending promises? Will a Coalition take over or will an election get called? Judgement day is coming.

Shooting Has TTC Closing Part Of It’s Subway System

The TTC closed the a section of the Yonge-University-Spadina Subway from St. George Station to Union Station after a shooting at Osgoode Station (University Avenue & Queen Street West). The Police are now investigating the incident and the TTC are operating buses to divert commuters. Keep an eye on the TTC to keep on top of any further TTC Service Advisories.

Hoping that for a quick recovery for the victims and resolution/arrest of the perpetrators.

The Pillow Fight League – 25 Do Or Die!!!

Glad I made it out to the Wrong Bar last night. I managed to witness the carnage behind The Pillow Fight League‘s 25th super match. The Pillow Fight League is serious business. This is not some bikini contest or lame x-rated exploitation gag. Pure fun in the spirit of wrestling.

WE’RE FUN. WE’RE FIERCE. AND MOST DEFINITELY, WE ARE FIGHTERS. WE ARE WOMEN WHO ARE PROUD OF OUR STRENGTH, AND NOT AFRAID TO LET LOOSE. SO WHY FIGHT WITH PILLOWS? BECAUSE IT LETS US BE CREATIVE, DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT, AND GO A LITTLE CRAZY. AND NOT ONLY DO WE GET TO ENTERTAIN A DEDICATED FAN BASE IN TORONTO, THE BEST CITY IN THE WORLD, WE ALSO GET TO TRAVEL TO SOME AMAZING PLACES AND DO WHAT WE DO BEST. WE DON’T FIGHT IN SPORTS BARS, WE DON’T TAKE OFF OUR CLOTHES, AND WE DON’T SCRIPT THE FIGHTS. TO QUOTE THE COMMISH, “IT’S NOT PILLOW FIGHTING. IT’S FIGHTING WITH PILLOWS.” TRUST ME, THERE IS A DIFFERENCE. – www.canadapfl.com

If you think you have what it takes tryout.

A couple of pledges exchange blows at the Pillow Fight League's 25 Do Or Die at the Wrong Bar.

A couple of pledges exchange blows at the Pillow Fight League's 25 Do Or Die at the Wrong Bar.

Pages Gets Some Relief

Walking down Queen Street West one can sense the loss. Many iconic shops like Songbird or venues like the 360 have long disappeared. Rents have exploded threatening to close out many others even rendering some extinct. Great to hear that Pages will be able to have a rent freeze until the summer.

After spending anxious months dealing with an uncertain future, Pages Books & Magazines has just been given a six-month extension on its historic Queen Street location. “We’re thrilled to be staying until at least the end of August,” says Marc Glassman, proprietor of Pages, one of Toronto’s longest running independent bookstores. (from Pages homepage)

Note to landlords. Once again you threaten the vibrancy and value of your location by pushing out the very people that built the heart of the neighbourhood. Queen West needs less surf wear and Bloor West type stores. Hopefully amazing 29 year running businesses like Pages Books & Magazines can continue to remind us how special Toronto and Queen West are.

Deep Chillin’

Few thought it could happen but Toronto is suffering through a deep freeze and will be into the weekend. Double socks, hats, mitts or gloves are advised (by more than just your grandma!). I’m sure the brave at heart will be seen leisurely skating on outdoor surfaces or puffing on cancer sticks in front of their office towers. I for one will be looking to stay in with a few good movies or perhaps take in some music at the Cadillac Lounge. Praying that the arctic chill subsides and that any people on the streets can get decent access to shelter during these frigid days to come.

Whoa, Council Will Back A Subway Extension!

Great news! A viable plan to extend Toronto’s subway lines has been approved. The TTC plan is to extend the North into York Region (six new stations in all) and was approved by Mayor David Miller and his executive committee yesterday.

The Globe and Mail had some interesting coverage. Glad to hear that Mayor Miller will allow the TTC to do it’s job and not have some private construction firm oversee such a valuable public infrastructure project. The 2,900 additional parking spaces (Finch West Station, Steeles West Station and Highway 407 Station) are wise additions that are sure to make this an efficient commuter corridor. I’m sure that the project will take years to complete and hopefully it won’t come at the cost of upgrading/fine tuning the existing system. Wouldn’t it be nice if the Feds, Ontario and the city play nice and get this done. One can dream… hope is alive.

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