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Newsstand: February 5, 2013

So when's that early spring coming, groundhog? It's been three days. In the news: the NDP wants lower car insurance rates; a rookie Toronto councillor wants term limits; GO riders heading to Barrie want some quiet; and a Toronto blogger wants only what the internet is willing to provide.

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If you’re a Toronto driver, you know that car insurance is pretty expensive. Now Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath is calling for a 15 per cent cut to auto insurance premiums by the end of 2013. Horwath says that the cuts make sense because reforms introduced in 2010 reduced accident benefits and payouts have since dropped. “Drivers have yet to see any real reductions in their rates,” she said to reporters. The insurance industry is less than enthusiastic about the idea, however, saying that cuts to rates could mean layoffs.

Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon (Ward 32, Beaches-East York) made an election promise to introduce term limits to Toronto council, and this week she plans to table a motion at council calling for a city report on three-term limits. McMahon told the National Post that turnover in public service helps to bring more diversity and youth to the table in city politics. “We have lots of talented Torontonians who can do this job,” she said, “so why not give them a chance?”

If you’re looking for a little peace and quiet, consider riding the GO train to Barrie—new “Quiet Zones” on the upper levels of some trains on the Barrie line will be in place starting February 11. The rules mean that gadgets must be muted and earphones can’t bleed noise. The pilot project, which is set to last three months, came about because of suggestions from GO Transit riders. “We differ from TTC passengers. You’re on the train for a significant period of time. People want to use that time to either sleep or work,” Metrolinx spokesperson Anne Marie Aikins told the Toronto Star. Riders are being asked to remind others to keep it down—Quiet Zones will be marked with signage—but are not to use the customer service alarms in the case of a noisy fellow passenger. You know somebody is going to do that.

One Toronto blogger is making the most of social media—Zach Bussey is trying to spend 2013 living off the avails of his online networks. He’s already made it through January thanks to the proceeds of advertisements and product reviews for his blog, and at the end of the year he plans to donate his gains to charity. He’s set aside money for his rent and internet connection, and emptied his apartment to make sure he really needs to rely on the internet to get by. “My grandmother thinks I’m pretty crazy,” Bussey told the Globe and Mail. “When I explained it to her she said, ‘Why don’t you get a nice job in manufacturing?’”

Comments

  • Wally

    Remember when the NDP used to champion a public insurance structure? Now we have 2 “Liberal” parties and a fascist party.

    • SRC

      the term ‘fascist’ negates your comments. Go do a Google search and find education make you a better person. Rhetoric just makes you sound stupid.

      • Wally

        Sorry I should have said proto-fascist. Tim Hudak doesn’t actually have the balls to honestly explain his plans to turn Ontario into an autocracy based on his connections to the elites and his trumped up victim complex.

        • OgtheDIm

          I hope when you sent your credibility out the door, you gave it a Metropass…going to be away awhile by the sounds of things.

          • Wally

            Lost my credibility? How would you describe Hudak’s ideology? Out of the 14 defining characteristics of fascism Hudak and the remain common sense conservative fit most of them to the letter and loosely with all of them, maybe you could try googling them.
            Labor Power is Suppressed, Corporate Power is Protected, Religion and Government are Intertwined, Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying
            Cause, Rampant Cronyism and Corruption, Obsession with Crime and Punishment, Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts, Fraudulent Elections etc.
            Proto-fascism is pretty accurate, especially when no one has countered what I said with anything but insults.

          • OgtheDim

            I would describe his ideology as populist with a side order of ADD. As for it meeting your defining criteria for fascism, knock yourself out – most disagree, and thus the credibility comment.

          • torontothegreat

            “most disagree”

            Are you actually arguing that the majority opinion is always right? LOL. Now THAT is fucking hilarious. I think we all know how historically wrong THAT assumption would be…

          • dsmithhfx

            Credibility is whether people believe your expressions to be probably true, whether they are or not.

            Most people would probably agree that Tim Hudak and the provincial PC party do not remotely meet the definition of “fascist”. Throwing the term around so loosely does as much for one’s credibility as wild accusations of a ‘communist conspiracy at city hall’ has for Giorgio Mammoliti’s.

            I’m not aware of any opinion poll that supports the contention that ‘most people’ believe Tim Hudak and the provincial PC party are “fascist”. I am also not aware of any opinion poll that supports the contention that ‘most people’ believe Tim Hudak and the provincial PC party are not “fascist”.

            Nonetheless, I am very confident that if you walked up and down the street, any street, you would not find many people who would say Tim Hudak and the provincial PC party are “fascist”.

            In subsequent posts, Wally goes on to elucidate some of the reasons why s/he thinks Tim Hudak and the provincial PC party are “proto-fascist” (a rather important distinction), and I think this line of argument is more credible. Still, “fascist” is entirely too loaded a word to hurl casually into the ether. Best avoid it in future.

          • torontothegreat

            “Credibility is whether people believe your expressions to be probably true, whether they are or not.” != the quality of being trusted and believed in. Nice try though.”

            “Most people would probably agree that Tim Hudak and the provincial PC party do not remotely meet the definition of “fascist””

            Most people agreed that Hitler wasn’t a fascist. Please see my first response, the fallacy in that point of view is already dealt with.”

            “I’m not aware of any opinion poll that supports the contention that ‘most people’ believe Tim Hudak and the provincial PC party are “fascist””

            Again, a totally fallacy as your speaking out of context to the original point.

            Try refuting the point and stop splitting hairs. Start there if you want to converse and prove that point wrong.

          • dsmithhfx

            Totally tubular!

          • torontothegreat

            That’s what I thought…

  • easteastender

    Term limits make sense, but imagine the effect it’ll have on transit planning. Impose the limits, but lets move transit planning to Metrolinx.

    • dsmithhfx

      So provincial politics will drive our transit development? No thanks, it’s plenty crazy as it is, and there’s no evidence Metrolinx can do better. Sorry, good intentions and slick web sites don’t cut the mustard.

      • tyrannosaurus_rek

        Provincial politicking already meddles in our transit planning. Removing Toronto from the equation probably wouldn’t help anything, but it would remove the frustrating illusion that what we want matters.