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Newsstand: February 7, 2013

Thursday is like a peach pie on a windowsill that takes 24 freakin' hours to cool. In the news: TCHC looks into some shady internal business, the prom will go on at Toronto schools, a city councillor foils crooks, and lawyers stand up for themselves at last.


The Toronto Community Housing Corporation is looking into allegations of poor workmanship, improper billing, and just general shittery on the part of both its employees and contracted workers. The exact details of what might actually be involved are sparse, but that just means there’s more room for wild speculation. TCHC CEO Gene Jones has vowed to do whatever is necessary to mete out justice, including bringing in the police.

The teacher boycott of extracurricular activities may have put sports teams and clubs on hold, but Toronto District School Board trustees will be damned if they’re going to let that boycott take away students’ opportunities to get drunk, dance awkwardly, and wear outfits they’ll be embarrassed to look back on in 10 years’ time. Which actually doesn’t matter, because apparently most Toronto schools were planning to go ahead with their spring proms anyway. Trustees were set to vote on a motion to have non-teacher staff supervise proms, but called it off when they realized it was a problem that had already been solved.

It’s official: City councillor Janet Davis (Ward 31, Beaches-East York) probably has more cajones than you. Davis stumbled upon a burglary in process on Saturday night and, risking life and limb, yelled at the burglars until they ran away. It might just be the most heroic thing a City politician has done since Mayor Rob Ford possibly gave the finger to that smart-mouthed kid over a year ago. Davis claims she just did “what any concerned resident would do”, according to the Star, which means she’s forgetting about the large and significant demographic that is us cowards.

It’s hard to imagine a more vilified and persecuted group of people in the province than lawyers, but the Ontario Bar Association is tired of its members being treated like second-class citizens. That’s why it’s launching a promotional campaign to help us remember how essential lawyers are to everyday life. And why do we hate them? According to one lawyer, it might be because they’re smarter than us. But if all goes well with the campaign, maybe, just maybe, they won’t have to hear some hurtful joke the next time they’re at the golf club.

If that one nice, warm day last week didn’t feel enough like a distant memory, this ought to push it out of your mind entirely: we’re in for a lot of snow over the next two days, potentially as much as 25 centimetres. So if you’ve got a driveway, get your shovelling clothes back out of the closet. And if you live in a condo, go dust off that smug sense of superiority. Because winter ain’t over yet.


  • Glenn Storey

    a windowsill that takes 24 hours to cool? huh.

  • SRC

    I think it has been obvious to anyone that looks at a TCHC housing and realize something is amiss. Looking at the ill kept exterior of the any of their buildings, let alone the interiors.

    • SRC

      To put it into perspective a lot of the work done is contracted out, ie the private sector, not city employees.

      • Glenn Storey

        and you know what that means. lowest bid wins. hence crappy workmanship.

        • CaligulaJones

          Maybe they should just hire the school board’s in-house union. You know, the guys who charge hundreds of dollars to install a pencil sharpener.

          • Glenn Storey

            well, that’s the other extreme edge of the wedge. for sure there’s a place in between.

      • dsmithhfx

        If the buildings were properly maintained, some would complain about ‘welfare cheats and bums’ being coddled. It is far more politically palatable to have TCHC tenants seen to be living in squalor, and provide state-of-the-art locker rooms for a football team.