Every weekday’s end, Extra, Extra collects just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss.
- Those who follow city council closely know that among the minor but persistent irritations of Rob Ford’s term in office has been a crackdown on speaking time. Specifically, if a councillor wants an extension of his or her five minute speaking allotment, council needs to go through an annoying process of holding a formal vote to decide whether or not to grant an extra two minutes. It is a pain, and many think the requirement to have a recorded vote was instituted to discourage councillors from speaking longer. Next week the Government Management Committee will consider doing away with speaking extensions altogether.
- The TTC is paying close attention as Ottawa’s transit system struggles with their planned conversion to the Presto fare card system. Ottawa is now delaying a planned system-wide implementation of the smartcards while they try to sort out those issues; the TTC is slated to move to full Presto use over the coming years.
- Rio+20, the United Nations sustainability conference, is underway in Brazil. Playing an increasingly large role in combating climate change are cities, where a growing number of the world’s inhabitants live, work, and pollute. C40 cities met yesterday as part of the Rio conference (Toronto had no representation, though we are a part of the C40 group of cities); Treehugger and the Washington Post both have some useful summaries of what they discussed.