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Extra, Extra: Streetcars and Strikes, the New Old Liberal Budget, and Muppet Beaver Rob Ford

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss.

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  • The unionized workers for a Bombardier plant in Thunder Bay that makes streetcars, subway cars, and GO transit cars are currently on strike. No new offer has been forthcoming from the company since July 12, and as of right now, no additional contract talks have been planned. This news will be of special interest to those who’ve been anticipating the arrival of the TTC’s new streetcars, in that it’s this particular plant that’s responsible for building those new streetcars. The TTC has indicated that the August 31 launch of the beautiful new streetcars will go ahead as planned, even if it’s more of “a launch of that one beautiful new streetcar we have.” In a statement, the TTC’s Brad Ross commented: “The TTC has publicly committed to having at least one new streetcar in service starting Aug. 31. That commitment remains unchanged.”
  • You may recall that on May 2, Andrea Horwath indicated the NDP was prepared to vote against the Liberal budget, and triggered an election. You may also recall that more recently, we had that election, and the Liberals won a majority government. That latter fact is why the Liberals were able to reintroduce that same budget today and not have to worry about needing anyone else’s help to pass it.
  • If you would like to round out your day by watching American comedian Paul F. Tompkins slap a muppet beaver Rob Ford across the face, we can direct you to a video that will allow you to do just that.

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  • OgtheDim


    Now you’ve done it Bombardier, you’ve made me so upset I’m going to get a venti frappuccino (without whip..have to watch the waist) instead of a grande!

    • wklis

      You could do as Rob Ford does and buy at Walmart. They get their inventory from China,.In turn, giving China the manufacturing jobs, leaving the minimum wage jobs for Canadians at Walmart.

      • dsmithhfx

        Walmart does frappuccinos?

        • Notcleverguy

          Mmmm you can really taste the lead.

          • Eccles

            It’s mostly just brown and water…

        • Matt Patterson

          No, but apparently their streetcar selection is pretty good. Too bad the socialists insisted we “go local” and buy from Bombardier.

          • Kevin Love

            As opposed to a genuine Communist government in China?

          • Matt Patterson

            I’ve been told that they “work like dogs” in China. So they can’t be communists. Everyone knows communists don’t work at all. They just ride bikes and attend shirtless protests.

  • tyrannosaurus_rek

    So they passed the same budget the NDP was certain would be a bait-and-switch trick to get their support?

    • dsmithhfx

      TOLD YA SO!!!

  • Notcleverguy

    Paul F Tompkins is hilarious.

    I met him in a bar when he was in Toronto shooting something called, The LA Complex, he was a funny nice outgoing guy.