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Newsstand: June 20, 2013

There are some things you just don't want to wait for, so here we go: happy summer, folks. In the news: Toronto Community Housing vows to do something about senior citizen evictions, the TDSB keeps a music program, the plastic bag debate gets put to bed, and the Centre Island hedge maze might be coming back.

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Toronto Community Housing Corporation is vowing to do something it probably should have done several years ago when a judge told them to: take the eviction of residents seriously. The move comes after the City Ombudsperson blasted the corporation in a report a couple of weeks ago, which found TCHC continues to needlessly evict senior citizens.

Parting can be difficult, and it can be even more difficult when 10,000 people sign a petition to try and prevent it from happening. The petition in question was one that circulated after it got out that the TDSB was looking to scrap its itinerant music instructors program, which got parents as worked up as, well, parents afraid their children will lose their school music programs. All that pressure just might have gotten to the school board, because trustees voted against getting rid of the program to save some cash at last night’s meeting. Presumably, that cash will come from somewhere else now. It might come from the board selling school properties it’s not currently using, but we can’t know for sure because that’s still officially being kept under wraps.

Mayor Rob Ford took some time out of his busy day yesterday to tell reporters what he’ll do if re-elected to the mayoralty next year. Ford said he plans to centre part of his re-election platform around privatizing all garbage collection in Toronto, something that, if you can believe it, the City’s outside workers union isn’t behind. It’s not the first time Ford has done this. At least we can take comfort in the knowledge that he’s not planning to cut and run once his term is over.

The City’s public works committee has said sayonara to the plastic bag fee, ban, and debate by casting a report on the subject into bureaucratic purgatory. The committee has voted to do nothing with the report, despite a survey that found a majority of Toronto residents support a fee or ban on plastic shopping bags. For proponents of the fee and ban, the only hope now is for a surprise derail during council discussion that puts the item back on the agenda. In other words, give it a few weeks.

Sometimes ‘goodbye’ is only ‘goodbye for now’…especially when it involves the City of Toronto and money. Such is the case with the hedge maze on Centre Island. The City removed it a couple of years ago but might be bringing back, thanks to financial backing by a former repo company owner nostalgic for the wooded labyrinth of his childhood. The Parks committee will vote on whether to take the fellow’s money and re-build the maze on Monday.

Comments

  • vampchick21

    Lots to mull over today! :) And I’m always happy when schools keep arts programs.

    • OgtheDim

      Please do not feed the troll.

      • vampchick21

        Not gonna :) Dinna worry!

        • Dave

          Here we go again, a couple dolts that find comfort in solidarity.

  • Dave

    You should be more weary of the TCHC as their mandate to take evictions seriously may impact people you know.

  • OgtheDim

    The garbage issue is an attempt at creating a wedge.

    if Chow is smart, she will, if she runs, just indicate that the city will discuss all options. Its a bone thrown to the centre and costs her nothing but a few minor grumbles from a union with no real power in this city anymore.

    That would nullify the wedge.

    • vampchick21

      Meh, garbage pick up is a non-issue for me really.

      • tyrannosaurus_rek

        I suspect it is for most people, as long as someone is picking it up and they don’t have to think about it.

        • vampchick21

          That’s pretty much how I stand personally. Tell me what days I put the stuff out and come get it. Don’t strike. I’m happy.

          • Dave

            Most people living in TCHC or co-ops do not worry about it. It is the actual tax payer is impacted on cost and lack of service when a strike occurs.

      • OgtheDim

        Maybe for you, but in this crazy world where left now wants/needs to work with centre right so we can get a real mayor again and start doing something, the garbage pickup is a wedge. It represents a supposed saving. And for many of us on the centre right, that’s important. And, its possibly the last opportunity for Ford to kick the can at Miller and run against the past.

        So, study it. If it makes fiscal sense, the council can vote on it. If not, then it goes nowhere. No loss to Chow. And, a still powerful Ford idea gets neutered.

        • vampchick21

          While I agree that it should be addressed by whomever runs against Ford, for me personally it’s not really going to influence my own vote.

        • tomwest

          I’d want to how much of the savings come from lower wages, and how much comes genuine operational efficiencies.

  • tyrannosaurus_rek

    The hedge maze was in poor shape and not very impressive.

  • Zoom Slider

    Glad to see music programs being saved!

    (and remember everybody — the minimize button is your friend) ;-)

    • dsmithhfx

      I’ll take the time to flag its posts as inappropriate.

  • Dave

    A great day for democacy, the Supreme Court just dismissed the Rob Ford conflict of interest case WITH COSTS.

    • OgtheDim

      Do Not feed the troll.

      • Dave

        No worries, I won’t. But for the less informed I was bringing the other trolls up to speed.

      • tyrannosaurus_rek

        It looks like he starved to death.

        • vampchick21

          No, he just created a new name.