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

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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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