Let's make this a Thursday to remember. No? All right, forget about it. In the news: a casino consultation goes awry, the province seeks to stop a teacher walkout, and the mayor comes out against photo radars.
Last night at City Hall, the City kicked off its first of five public consultations on the possibility of bringing a casino into town, and boy, did it ever not go as planned. Turns out many of the people who showed up did so under the false impression that they would get to share their views with City staff. When that didn’t happen, they and several councillors (take a wild guess which ones) started their own consultation. Will things heat up quite as much during the next consultation at North York Memorial Hall? We’ll have to wait and see.
Meanwhile, Metrolinx is getting ready to launch its own series of consultations about The Big Move… and how to foot The Big Bill that will come with it. The agency says it first needs to better explain to the public what exactly The Big Move is, and why expanded transit will be worth the extra few bucks a year we could all end up paying. And then pray to Jeebus nobody pays a visit to Brockway, Ogdenville, or North Haverbrook.
Remember just the other day when Premier Dalton McGuinty was asking the province’s teachers to forget about how they recently had labour contracts imposed on them, to let bygones be bygones, and get back to working with students? Well, he might find it a bit tougher getting through to them next time, after attempting to block a planned walkout in protest of the government’s contentious Bill 115 on Friday.
It might seem like a sensible enough idea: a cash-strapped police force decides to bring in more money and free up some resources by having red light cameras bust drivers for other traffic infractions as well. But that’s bad news, according to Toronto Mayor and Self-Appointed Spokesperson of the Taxpayers Rob Ford. Ford claims the average person won’t support the plan because, well, they won’t. And let’s face it, if Ford means “driver” when he says “person” (as he often does), he’s right. Also on the potential chopping block are meter maids and highway construction crews when you need to get somewhere fast.
The fate of TDSB director Chris Spence is still up in the air, after Spence copped to plagiarizing parts of a newspaper editorial he wrote last week. Although some are already calling for his resignation, school board trustees will figure out exactly what to do with him at a meeting to be announced shortly. And thus concludes this Newsstand, free from any Globe columnist jokes.