Yesterday was the longest day of the year, so you know what that means: it's all downhill from Thursday. Some news to buoy your spirits and light your lamp: TDSB considers selling off land, Olivia Chow's friends think she should run for mayor, money for tower renewals, the electricity grid's in good shape, and parking meter changes.
In an effort to shore up some cash (maybe to pay their $150 pencil-sharpener bills), the Toronto District School Board is considering selling chunks of land to developers. Because who wouldn’t want to live in a condo that comes with amenities like great seats to every recess soccer game and proximity to drinking fountains? The board hopes that a land sale could bring in $100 million, which would put a little dent in the $3 billion repair backlog.
An update now from the “When can we get a new mayor” files: friends and allies of Olivia Chow are urging her to run in the 2014 mayoral election. A former school board trustee and city councillor, friends of the current NDP MP for Trinity-Spadina say she’d be perfect for the job. But Chow has said “no” so far. But presumably she’s aware of her good friend and campaign co-chair from the last election giving her a glowing endorsement for the mayoralty in the Toronto Star.
The United Way is giving $800,000 to tower renewal projects. The money will go into sprucing up some privately owned high-rises in the Kipling and Finch and Kingston Galloway neighbourhoods. Unfortunately, for fans of free hot dogs who don’t encourage economic opportunity, the upgrades may result in some rezoning, which would end a zoning quirk that only allows hot dogs to be given away at community barbecues instead of sold. But the end of free hot dogs is probably not such a big deal in the overall picture.
The police have confirmed the the second victim in the Little Italy shooting was just an innocent bystander hit by a stray bullet. The name and condition of the man is unknown, other than to say his injuries were not life threatening.
Even though it’s been stupidly, record-settingly hot these days, the electricity grid is coping nicely. Unlike in 2005 and 2006 when officials had to ask people to quit it with the energy consumption, the system is in much better shape now. Apparently, supply is up and demand is down; people are conserving better, finding alternatives, and generally being good. And this is good news and all, but maybe it’s one of those things we shouldn’t tell people for fear that they will get complacent, you know? We should be living in fear of ruining the electrical grid, we thought.
And parking meter rates may be on the rise, but there is a silver lining. Another proposal suggests extending the existing five-minute grace period for going over the allotted parking time to a full 10 minutes. So that’s nice.