If I Had A Billion Dollars, Bye Patsy, City Takes Over Parkdale Building
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If I Had A Billion Dollars, Bye Patsy, City Takes Over Parkdale Building

2006_7_26hydromascot.jpgThe City is receving about $980 million dollars from Toronto Hydro. There was some fierce debate about how the money will be used but in the end the City will earmark the money for waterfront redevelopment and the York U subway. Sadly fancy ketchups or green dresses were nowhere on council’s radar. Pictured here are the very happy Toronto Hydro mascots.
Despite the promise of a billion dollars the city still needs more money. Council wants to explore using alternate sources of funding (ie. the private sector, non-profits, bake sales) to fund public infrastructure such as housing, parks and roads. We’re very wary of this considering the bad record of public private partnerships the world over, but hey what do we know.
Torontoist wants a moment of silence for Patsy. The 40-year old elephant was put down yesterday at the Toronto Zoo, she had been suffering from very painful arthritis. Patsy was born in Mozambique but has lived in Toronto for the last 32 years and was regarded as the matriach of the zoo’s elephants, many of whom mourned her death yesterday.
Residents in and around the club district are telling their noisy neighbours that you’re either with us or against us, sort of. Area residents want to find solutions that will keep noise levels down and allow clubs to avoid the fate of the Docks.
A flying tire causes a bad accident on the DVP. Fortunately no one was seriously injured.
After an eight year court battle, a member of the Tamil Tigers has been deported from Canada. Toronto police considered the man a gang leader and a “trained assassin.”
The city is expropriating a burnt-out rooming house in Parkdale and hopefully turning it into affordable housing. The owner wants to rehabilitate the building but it’s been burnt out for close to eight years and local councillor Sylvia Watson is growing impatient.