If you let Tuesday, here's what it'll do, it'll take care of you. In the news: Rob Ford wants to freeze taxes no matter what, Karen Stintz downplays the tax part in OneCity, Blue Jays lose another pitcher, an arrest in the York University sexual assaults, and a cat.
Even ally councillors are not sure about Mayor Rob Ford’s proposal to not impose taxes on anyone ever. The mayor has asked for a two-year freeze on property taxes, which would keep rates below the pace of inflation. Ford seems to hope this unrealistic promise that demonstrates his ignorance of basic financial principles will help him win another election, which it very well could. And he’s already come up with a new catchy slogan: “I can’t support taxing the taxpayer.” Admit it, that does have a nice ring to it. Or is that a death knell?
TTC Chair Karen Stintz is downplaying the new tax proposal in her OneCity transit plan. Stintz wants councillors to focus instead on the plans for extending the Bloor-Danforth subway line in to Scarborough to replace the RT, and for an LRT line along the east-end waterfront. Wisely sensing that talking about taxes, much like talking about the need for regular colonoscopies, makes people squirmy, Stintz is urging councillors to just make transit a priority, and worry about the money later.
Already down two starters, the Blue Jays have lost another pitcher. Reliever Luis Perez will be out for the season after tearing a ligament. Obviously this isn’t a good sign for the Jays. But in what may be an even more troubling sign for Toronto sports fans, the Toronto Star’s architecture critic is deigning to discuss organized sports in his column. Chris Hume attempts to link Steve Nash’s decision to pass over the Raptors to the loss of senior bureaucrats at City Hall, in what can only be described as, “really?”
Police have arrested a 20-year-old man in connection with three sexual assaults on York University’s campus last week. Though the incidents happened on Thursday and Friday, some students say there wasn’t much effort on the part of the school to alert students until Monday.
In case you hadn’t noticed, the intersection at Queen and Spadina is still closed.
And we leave you this Tuesday with a story about a cat. Because it’s Tuesday. And because, y’know, the internet.