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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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