It's Thursday again, but that doesn't mean you have to eat breakfast alone again, okay? Because we've got some news to keep you company: the province allows the sale of TCHC homes to go ahead, more glass falls from a condo tower, community council turns down U of T's new residence plan, new recycling plans, and the TDSB budget is passed.
Housing Minister Kathleen Wynne is declaring “psych!”, as she has decided to grant the City ministerial permission to sell off 65 houses owned by Toronto Community Housing after all. City council already voted in favour of the plan, but needed final permission from the Province. At first, Wynne wanted to delay her decision until hearing a report about the fate of an additional 619 TCH houses, but lots of people were in a tizzy over that idea. Among those tizzying was Mayor Rob Ford, who extolled the supremacy of city council’s decision in a letter to the Premier. Yes, he did.
Bust out the unbreakable umbrealla, because the forecast is calling for more shard-y showers. A pane of glass fell from a condo tower on Simcoe Street last night. No people were hurt, but a limo windshield was cracked. Cracked by glass.
A community council has lodged their displeasure with a plan for a private student residence tower to be built at College and Spadina. Councillors on the Toronto and East York Community Council voted down the proposal from the University of Toronto and their developer partners, which is a really nice gesture. Next the whole issue will go to the Ontario Municipal Board, where who knows what will happen. Just kidding, we all know what will happen.
The Toronto Sun must not be feeling well because it missed out on some pretty easy punning in this story about potential upgrades to the city’s recycling program. Councillor Paula Fletcher (Ward 30, Toronto-Danforth), inspired by some students, is pushing for plastic clam shell containers to be allowed in recycle bins. Alright, that’s nice. But ordinarily the Sun is all over this stuff, jazzing it up with something like “Talking clam shells at the clam shell” or “From one clam shell to another: get recycled.” We don’t know, we’re not the experts at this. That’s what the Sun is for.
The Toronto District School Board passed their budget last night after making than $40 million in cuts. And perhaps they can use these figures in articles about the complicated budget process as a teaching aid in accounting classes. We don’t know. We’re not the experts at that either.