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Extra, Extra: Traffic Congestion, Beer Fearmongering, and a Star Reporter’s New Job

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  • Those of you interested in reducing traffic congestion will be delighted to hear that it’s possible not one of the suggestions presented by the current crop of mayoral candidates would actually do anything to reduce traffic congestion. Edward Keenan argues that following through on the suggestions being made (a new subway line, better bus service, high-tech traffic lights, etc.) wouldn’t really make the situation better, and that the things with the potential to make the situation better (road tolls, for example) aren’t even close to being suggested.
  • The Beer Store just wants what’s best for you, and for your children, and for all the children of Ontario—and what’s best for you, and for your children, and for all the children of Ontario is for the Beer Store never to lose its virtual monopoly on beer sales in the province. And everyone knows the most effective way to show people what’s best for them is to scare them as much as possible—which is why the Beer Store’s new ad imagining a nightmarish future in which Ontario’s young people are corner-store beer delinquents is so defensible and effective.
  • It’s been increasingly difficult to think of the Toronto Star without also thinking of reporter Robyn Doolittle—she’s been firmly at the centre of its Rob Ford coverage, and appeared all over American television accompanied by the caption “Robyn Doolittle, Toronto Star.” Well, we’re all just going to have to learn to think differently, because the reporter announced today that she’s pulling up stakes and moving to the Globe and Mail.

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  • dsmithhfx

    It’ll be interesting to see how Doolittle fares at the dull-as-dust G&M.

    • HotDang

      They are only dull when they aren’t advocating for crimes against humanity.

      • OgtheDim

        I know their fashion section is a little SEO focused, but its not THAT bad.

      • dsmithhfx

        They sure as fuck don’t do investigative reporting.

        • CaligulaJones

          Um….that’s probably why she was hired, no?

          • dsmithhfx

            Perhaps.

        • TheSotSays

          When we see vulgar curse words tossed about gratuitously, it’s a sure sign the the tosser has a weak command of the language. You’ve done it twice today.

          You might have your mother see if she can get a refund from your union member kindergarten teacher.

    • TheSotSays

      I heard that Honderich wants to go with her, and that Christopher Hume and Warren Kinsella are hoping to join you in lolling around at Gord Perks office.

      • dsmithhfx

        Disregard the voices, focus on the real.

  • andrew97

    This is your regular reminder that The Beer Store is a foreign- owned conglomerate whose monopoly is inexplicably protected by the government.

  • VictorianShuter

    So the “warm, friendly Glenn Howard” tactic wasn’t working?

  • andrew97

    There’s an alternative to road pricing to fix gridlock. Under the Downs-Thomson Paradox, if transit is sufficiently dense, then average road speed is determined by the speed of the equivalent journey on “segregated” public transit (i.e., separated from traffic).

    In other words, want to speed up the roads? Then build a fuck ton of grade-separated rail.

    • TheSotSays

      A Fxy my boy. Way to go . Har!

  • Jacob

    The Beer Store’s right. Privatization won’t reduce prices, and might in fact make them go up. (I’ve been to Alberta. Prices are the same, or higher, as they are here.)

    But I still hate giving money to foreign conglomerates, and I LOATHE asking an employee to fetch what I want from the back.

    • Steveinto

      There are those that believe the myth that putting beer/wine even liquor in corner stores will magically cause the price to drop significantly, That the feds and/or province will stop taxing the products.

    • tomwest

      Alberta still has a government monopoly on the wholesale side, so can control prices that way.

  • SonuvaScrimbro

    You know, as an ex-pat Newfoundlander who remembers an ’80s childhood filled with weekly trips to the corner store with my dad to load up on comics, sundries and beer from the backroom cooler… I’m kind of amazed that Ontarians put up with this set-up for so long. Especially now, if the Beer Store’s beverage of choice is “you can’t be trusted to keep beer out of the youngsters’ hands without a benevolent monopoly doling it out to you.”

  • Notcleverguy

    I haven’t gone into a Beer Store in over a year. Crappy service, crappy layout, just a horrible retail experience. I get my beer from the LCBO now, it’s still not ideal, but leaps and bounds better than the Beer Store. Plus they have a much wider selection of local micro-brews, I rather support the local guy than the big national breweries that are mostly owned by foreign interests.

    • HotDang

      Yes. It’s hard to even buy something like hockley at The Beer Store.

      • Notcleverguy

        Hockley makes some nice stuff.

      • dsmithhfx

        Beer warehouse would be a more apt name.

        • TheSotSays

          I thought you leftoid, NDP/Liberal Party people considered yourselves to be “progressive.” But apparently not.

          “Brewer’s Warehouse” is the name they retired in favour of “The Beer Store” in a move to keep the little kids happy.

          • dsmithhfx

            I dunno, not with the NDP or the Liberals.

          • TheSotSays

            Given that NDP/Liberal Party supporters “dunno” much to start with, what’s your point?

          • dsmithhfx

            You’ve made my point rather too well.

          • TheSotSays

            Yeah? Well you’ve made mine too.

          • TheSotSays

            Well look in the last Federal election there were 1,472 votes cast for Marxist /Communists so can we assume you’re one of those?

            Or should we put you down as one of the 5,522 rejects?

          • HotDang

            Surprisingly “progressive” does not refer to a stance on naming corporate franchises.

          • TheSotSays

            Of course not, “progressive” has been turned upside down into one of those Frankfurt School trick words like “gay.”

          • HotDang

            Zing!

          • TheSotSays

            Sorry you have me on Zing. I must have missed that one.

            Liberal, as in Liberal Party is a good one. I mean if you ever want to see how Liberal they are just try disagreeing with one of them

          • OgtheDim

            “Brewer’s Retail” was the name retired, in a move to be more trendy. They spent about $300K on consulting fees to come up with the new name.

            Get ur history right.

          • dsmithhfx

            Up from down and day from night are going to keep him busy for the foreseeable future.

          • TheSotSays

            Oooooooooo trendy? Maybe the NDP should run The Beer Store as mayor.

            NDP Chow has been spending taxpayer money at the rate of about $530,000 a year to make her name trendy and The Beer Store is in for a one shot of only $300,000 of their own.

    • TheSotSays

      Well when I go for a case of twenty four I’m not looking for a “retail experience” I just want to quench my thirst and take my empties back.

      And you can have you can have your micro brews. Who needs a case of Jack Layton’s Whining Veranda or a big bottle of Justin’s Liberal Lager when the outfits making them need $50 million each in taxpayer grants before they can put a label on the bottle?.

      • HotDang

        You suck at this.

        • OgtheDim

          Yeah, he’s not very good is he.

          Rather too obvious.

        • TheSotSays

          I what?

          Oh, I see what you’re getting at but sorry pal you’re confused here, try OgDerp!

      • Notcleverguy

        Sot, you need not reply to my posts and assume I’m left leaning. It continues to show everyone what a complete idiot freak show you are.

  • OgtheDim

    On another note, the Globe also stole the Star’s best sports columnist in Cathal Kelly.

    • CaligulaJones

      Hmmmm. Is:

      a) TorStar losing money
      b) Globe and Mail making money
      c) Globe and Mail getting that quality writing still counts?

      Since most MSM is losing money, I don’t see a or b.

      Perhaps the Star doesn’t understand that most people can get around the “10 free articles a month” is pretty easy.

      • dsmithhfx

        I’d say the Globe is making a play for the Toronto market. Let’s see how long the new hires last, before the next round of layoffs.

        • TheSotSays

          If they were making a serious play, they’d have left Robin DoDaddy where she was.

        • Notcleverguy

          Yeah, I’m not that left leaning at all, but keep making assumptions Sot you nut job.

          • CaligulaJones

            I said years ago when the slide began to truly tip that the only way the MSM will be able to survive is to “go local”.

            Why would I need to read a local paper’s re-written wire copy on a major international news story (i.e., missing airliner) when a Google Alert will fill my inbox with what I want to know?

            A few years ago an entire building fell down two blocks from where I live. Once my barber retired, I have no real ‘nabe intel.

        • CaligulaJones

          As usual, it will be packages for the established writers who want to leave (then freelance), and balancing the diminishing number of more established writers with cheap new hires, many of whom seem barely capable of doing little more than re-writing press releases.

          Where is Frank when you need it?

      • OgtheDim

        I suspect a bit of turnover with the new editor.

        If Wente lasts the year, I’d be surprised.