Hooray, Friday! We made it. Plus, this means that tomorrow starts the long weekend with the most mashed foods. In the news: a bunch of councillors get upset with our ombudsman—then agree with her anyway; fire on George Street; TDSB takes a few more trans-friendly steps; kids go running just for funning; and the zoo gets put in its place.
The way that civilians are appointed to the 120 municipal boards in the City has recently come under the scrutinous eye of Toronto’s ombudsman, Fiona Crean. In her most recent report brought to council, Crean outlines a number of suggestions for how to improve the process. There was a lot of fluffery, mud-tossing, browbeating, and circumstance at the meeting yesterday, but city council still voted unanimously, 38–0 (well, with seven councillors absent), in favour of accepting. Our suggestion for how to improve the civilian appointments process: appoint Carrot Top as chairman of the board for every board.
Abandoned homes along George Street are receiving especially sour looks from local residents after one near Dundas Street East caught fire yesterday. The building, which seems to have most recently been inhabited by squatters, was luckily empty at the time of the fire. Other vacant homes in the area have gone up in flames recently, and local councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Ward 27, Toronto Centre-Rosedale) pointed out that the City is working to force the homeowners to improve their properties.
The Toronto District School Board released a new set of guidelines that address what “transgendered and gender non-conforming students and staff” can expect from TDSB employees and what they can expect for facilities. The document outlines a number of points, such as washroom access and the use of gender ambiguous pronouns, when preferred. Steps in the right direction for sure, but now how will the Catholic board respond?
Kids attending one of the many TDSB schools that do not have running clubs so far this year will be getting a chance to compete for participation medals after all. At one of two upcoming fun runs, students that missed out on the official competition because their school has no staff supervision available to run the running teams (attendance at this year’s cross country meet was down by about 9,000 students) will get the chance to compete with one another. However, the times that students post will not be recognized by the Toronto District Elementary School Sports Association. But if they don’t compete, how will they become good capitalists?
Hope you didn’t bet the farm on Toronto selling the zoo, because it looks like that isn’t going to happen. On Monday, council voted to seek expressions of interest for the zoo, but yesterday council changed its collective mind and cancelled that idea. So, that’s that.