Jacob Richler: From Homard to Homeless
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Jacob Richler: From Homard to Homeless

jacob_richler_t2.gifSomehow, son of greatness Jacob Richler makes even his most potentially amusing columns come down to his boring dislike for the latest resto, or his innate culinary genius. So it was refreshing to see him abandon expository yawns about his latest fall_leaves_tress_benches.gifinvention, the duck burger, in favour of some (truly funny) investigative journalism. In today’s column he picks up on an unfortunate and unpublicized revamp of the city’s park benches. Seems those crafty characters over at city hall are putting ugly railings in the middle of each bench, in an effort to deter sleeping on ’em. And to his credit, Richler comes down firmly on the side of common sense, arguing there are more benches than homeless people (point Jacob Two-Two!), and that people don’t tend to share benches with homeless people anyway, so let them have the whole bench.
But most amusing is the absurdist bafflegab of parks director John Macintyre: ‘When people sleep on park benches other people can’t use them.’ Perhaps we’re heading towards a ‘No Sleeping’ in Parks proviso, with officers prodding people to sit up straight on all grassy municipal knolls. But amusement over visions of Jacob Richler and a bum sharing a bench and starring in Trading Places 2 don’t eradicate our annoyance at the city over this one. ‘No Sleep’ should remain a Sam Roberts song, and nothing more.
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