Mental Health Institutions In Trouble, Union Ad Makes TTC Angry, Gangs Move Out To The 905
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Mental Health Institutions In Trouble, Union Ad Makes TTC Angry, Gangs Move Out To The 905

Inquests have been ordered on the death of two patients in the care of Toronto mental health institutes. There are suspicions that these patients were neglected. Under the coroner’s act, inquests aren’t mandatory in the case of deaths under psychiatric care. These incidents might change that.
The city’s 25th homicide victim may have been killed by an angry ex-girlfriend. A 19-year old woman turned herself in near Danforth and Eglinton. There are others involved in the murder who are still at large.
2006_6_1moscoevik.gifTTC General Manager Rick Ducharme and TTC Chair Howard Moscoe (pictured here) have steam coming out their ears over a TTC union ad appearing in Toronto papers. Moscoe calls the ad “despicable” and “a distortion of the truth.” The ad centres around TTC driver Bobby Lowe, who was attacked two years ago. According to Citytv the ad attacks Ducharme, Moscoe and even Mayor Miller for ignoring worker safety and trying to turn the public against the union. The ads cost the union around $60,000.
What’s slower than road repairs in the GTA? School repairs it turns out. The Toronto Parents Network report that most schools which were cited with safety issues like asbestos, leaky roofs, etc. in 2005 have not been repaired. Members of the TPN argue that the provincial government has been dragging its feet. One school principal has also taken exception to what the report has to say about his school.
The TDSB may have to close 64 schools and 77 pools because of a budget backlog. The schools are also dealing with the simple fact that Toronto’s population of school-age children has shrunk by 20,000 since 2001.
The weather was bad with lightning strikes and stormy weather but fortunately no twisters touched down. Nonetheless, one woman’s car was struck by lightning on the 401. For once we can say, thank goodness she wasn’t riding a bike.
GTA Hospitals are stockpiling Tamiflu so nurses and doctors will have a fighting chance of staying healthy if a bird flu epidemic hits the city.
The Star reports that gangs that normally haunt the 416 are moving out to the suburbs. Toronto street gangs have spread out to Brantford, Durham, Barrie and others.
The 905 is also home to one other odious practice, it seems that municipal politicians in the ‘burbs receive double the amount of corporate contributions than the average Toronto politician. Vaughan’s Mayor Michael Di Biase received 94% of his campaign funds from corporations compared toMayor Miller who only received 21% of his funds from corporations. Many of the donors are from the construction and development industry. The study, done by York University professor Robert MacDermid, also points out that citizens in these areas contribute very little to municipal campaigns which may explain the high rates of corporate largesse.

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