Wednesday gets a bad rap, but really that’s because it’s surrounded by jerks. In the news: a CanCon Air Show; privatizing polar bears; RoFo’s court gesture; Harbourfront’s new underground car marina; and the weather.
This year, the Air Show at the CNE won’t be air showing any American Military personnel’s fancy flightwork. In past years, the Air Show has been able to get at least one team from south of the border to make a lot of obnoxious noise in our downtown, glorify war, and release a lot of jet fuel fumes into our atmosphere, but this year there will only be a couple of fly-bys (which largely accomplish those goals anyways). Looks like all the loop-the-loops and barrel rolls will be left up to us.
It looks like the board of the Toronto Zoo might be gearing up to produce a sequel to that heart-warming Matt Damon movie about buying a zoo. Only this time around, the zoo gets sold or leased. According to some city councillors, the board of the zoo might be trying to consolidate land and animals under its control with an eye to privatizing the public amenity. The great apes had no comment.
Completely misunderstanding why he is being brought before court and how our different branches of government operate, Rob Ford thinks it should be up to the voters and not the court to decide whether he is allowed to stay mayor, pending his upcoming conflict-of-interest court dates. It is sort of like getting a parking ticket and then saying that you should only pay said parking ticket if two years from now Toronto voters still care about the fact that you got a parking ticket. Whether or not there really is the possibility that our mayor could be removed from office, the court appearance will be one of those rare occasions where he is compelled to answer another person’s questions. How exciting!
Get your molemobile ready, because parking is going underground at the Harbourfront. This means that 10 acres of what has been surface parking for 40 years on Queens Quay is now ready to be rebuilt as the inventively named Ontario Square and Canada Square. The squares will feature giant redwoods, miniature forests, and public art.
Just a heads-up, the fall is going to be hot and the winter is going to be cold. Enjoy!
We originally included an item here about the CN Tower that we’d already covered; it has since been removed.