On Tuesday, August 19, immigration consultant Alberto Mestanza stood on the southwest corner of Jane Street and Finch Avenue and delivered a strong message to Canada’s federal government: “We are here to say that enough is enough!” Mestanza, who has worked with the Spanish-speaking community for 20 years, was one of about 40 protesters who gathered to condemn the recent arrests of 21 undocumented people who live in the area.
Last week, Canada Border Services Agency collaborated with the provincial Ministry of Transportation and the Ontario Provincial Police to stop individuals in northwest Toronto under the guise of a “commercial vehicle safety blitz.” Police reportedly stopped people in their cars and on the street, and demanded identification and immigration papers—most of the detained were Spanish-speaking workers from Latin America.
“This train serves absolutely no purpose for us … you go to any other city and the rail link is public transit, not half a billion dollars funding a private train for the bankers.”
—Sean Smith, mobilization co-ordinator Unifor Local 2002, on what the steep fare price Metrolinx is expected to set for the Union-Pearson Express means for the 5,000 Pearson employees his union represents. The transportation authority is looking to charge between $20 and $30 for a one-way ticket on the rapid-transit service, which is scheduled to open in 2015.
It's Friday! What a day to be alive! Here's what's going on in our fair city: councillors are hoping Metrolinx will make the Union-Pearson Express fare affordable for residents, Maria Augimeri violated council's code of conduct, and motorcycle deaths keep adding up.
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was kicked up a notch when former president George W. Bush denied the challenge, labelling it un-presidential. He offered to make a donation to the cause, but thankfully his wife, Laura Bush, had a bucket of ice water at the ready to dump over him, thus fulfilling the wishes of many an American liberal. In the news: An approved fee-hike for Vulnerable Sector Screening checks, a bike lane closure on the Prince Edward Viaduct, Karen Stintz may or may not still be in the mayoral race, and approval for the Raptors’ practice grounds at Exhibition Place.