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Extra, Extra: New Street Names, Tweeting the Raptors, and Privatizing the TTC

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  • The people of Toronto have spoken, and the new waterfront street in the East Bayfront neighbourhood now has a name: Merchants’ Wharf. While we were hoping for something more startling or unexpected—like “Water Street” or “Waterside Way” or “Street-by-Lake Drive”—Merchants’ Wharf is perfectly acceptable.
  • Stephen Harper, Kathleen Wynne, and Jay Z (who’s slightly less involved in Canadian political circles) took to Twitter to wish the Toronto Raptors well. And they deserve good wishes, because they played pretty well. And came very close to winning—very, very close to winning. That’s the kind of phrase that creates a nice rhythm when one repeats it over and over again while bravely fighting back tears.
  • Provincial NDP leader Andrea Horwath claims that the Liberals are planning to privatize the TTC—Premier Kathleen Wynne denies that the Liberals are planning to privatize the TTC. It seems CBC Metro Morning host Matt Galloway is closer to Wynne on this one, judging by part of an interview he conducted with Horwath this morning:

    Galloway: “I don’t think I’ve ever heard anything from Kathleen Wynne about privatizing the TTC, though.”

    Horwath: “You do need to look at what their plan is.”

    Galloway: “We have.”

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  • UsedCarSalesman

    I heard Andrea Horwath supports banning natural resource extraction and creating a central committee to control the inputs/outputs in Ontario’s economy. I can’t remember where I heard. I think it’s in their plan.

    • dsmithhfx

      I heard she is going to make Russian the official language of Ontario, and make everyone wear the same clothes and give up their cars and houses. And push Tiny Tim down on the playground.

  • tyrannosaurus_rek

    And so begins endless confusion of Merchants, Merchant’s, and Merchants’ in the name of the area.

    • dsmithhfx

      It makes perfect sense when you realize they will be offloading bales of cotton, barrels of molasses and suchlike off wooden ships.

  • dsmithhfx

    This is a family-friendly anachronism.

    • tyrannosaurus_rek

      Kids love rum!

      • dsmithhfx

        Cap’n Morgan and Joe Camel: suit up!