How are you feeling today? I'm too ill to deal with life right now, thanks for asking. In the news: Doug Holyday urges the provincial government to back city council's subway plan, the discussion about bike lanes on Bloor Street is back on (sort of), a middle school bans junk food in brown bag lunches, a Toronto man's legal case over whether doctors can terminate life support rests with the Supreme Court, and lots of road closures across the city this weekend.
Etobicoke-Lakeshore MPP Doug Holyday is keeping close to his municipal roots. Yesterday the former deputy mayor launched a petition urging the Liberal government to support city council’s Scarborough subway extension plan. Transportation Minister Glen Murray confirmed that the province supports building the Scarborough subway, but conveniently left out whether or not they stand behind the previous provincial proposal, or the plan approved by city council.
Let’s chat about bike lanes on Bloor Street again, shall we? What seemed to be a closed issue when council dropped a planned environmental assessment in 2011 is now back on the radar. Four months ago a group of Bloor-area councillors requested that the assessment continue, and now a proposal will be considered by the public works committee next week. The proposal suggests allowing a smaller-scale Bloor assessment to happen at the same time as an assessment for proposed bike lanes on Dupont Street takes place. It’s still a long way from actually moving forward, but any opportunity to get Rob Ford riled up about the “war on the car” is one worth taking.
A Toronto elementary school has banned students from having junk food in their homemade lunches. James S. Bell Middle School decided that students will not be allowed to eat chocolate, candy and pop during school hours, and they’re attempting to limit items such as potato chips and granola bars as well. Somewhere, an enterprising tween is lining the inside of a trench coat with contraband Kit Kat bars to sell for $20 a pop at recess. It’s a slippery slope, kid.
Toronto man Hassan Rasouli, who lays in a coma at Sunnybrook Hospital, is at the centre of an important legal debate over whether doctors should have the final say when it comes to withdrawing life support from patients who are unlikely to recover. The Supreme Court of Canada is expected to render its verdict today, which could have far-reaching consequences beyond this case.
Finally, here is a list of road closures happening around the GTA this weekend. Because we care. Notably, The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon is back, which means Bay Street will be closed from Queen Street to Dundas Street beginning on Saturday afternoon, until Sunday evening. The full list of street closures related to the marathon [PDF] is also worth glancing at.