Still waiting for Rebecca Black to do a Thursday song so there would be some killer lyrics to put here. Until then: teens are getting wild and scaring adults (as always), a think tank report calls for better TTC/GO system integration, Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly is more popular than Rob Ford, and the Toronto District School Board will look into some questionable raises.
Oh, teens. Always getting into trouble and making adults think that they’ve brought the end of civilization. Will they ever learn? Do we really want them to? They’re at it again, of course; Ontario youth are drinking that sizzurp (also known as lean and purple drank, or as “cough syrup, Sprite, and a Jolly Rancher”) and smoking pot. They’re cutting back on the two most popular intoxicants of the western world, alcohol and cigarettes, at the same time. If you were a devotee of Dr. Phil in the mid-2000s you’ve no doubt heard of the horrors of drinking cough syrup to get high, which Dr. Phil claimed the kids called “‘Tussin” (after Robotussin). He was definitely wrong because that is a ridiculous nickname no teen would endorse. Rather than clutching our pearls and bemoaning the state of youth these days, though, it may prove useful to look into why teens are heading for their home medicine cabinets rather than buying expensive alcohol to get wrecked. Just a thought.
A report from an unnamed “local think tank” recommends that in order to truly serve customers, increase ridership, and cut down on commutes and road congestion, the Toronto Transit Commission should begin having GO trains run every 15 minutes in both directions throughout the day. It also recommended combining the current Scarborough RT line with the proposed subway line and the Sheppard subway line into a single light-rail system. Big talk from an organization that doesn’t even have a name.
Forum Research has conducted a poll finding that Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly has a higher approval rating than Mayor Rob Ford. The mayor is holding steady around 42%, but one month after assuming most of Ford’s duties, Kelly is enjoying 65% popularity, the same as his approval rating last month. Perhaps tellingly, 43% of Ford supporters think Kelly is doing a good job.
On Wednesday, Toronto school board trustees voted unanimously in favor of looking into some “questionable” raises given to senior executive staff during a provincial freeze on public sector wage increases. School board chair Chris Bolton told the Toronto Star that there was some confusion over whether the freeze applied to senior executives, who are public sector employees. Presumably, there was no question that lower-level employees already being paid less were included in the freeze.