Soknacki Retires, York Subway Cash Uncertain, Urban Dwellers Lighter
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Soknacki Retires, York Subway Cash Uncertain, Urban Dwellers Lighter

2006_8_22soknacki.jpgDavid Soknacki, the right-winger picked by David Miller to be his budget chief, has announced that he is retiring from politics and will not be running for re-election in Ward 43 – Scarborough East this fall.
Some councillors see this as another sign that Miller can’t work with others who don’t see his viewpoint. In the past, Soknacki has openly criticized the Mayor and his allies. Nonetheless he’s earned the respect of many from Miller’s camp, including Councillor Shelley Carroll, ” “I’ve been sitting here racking my brains…. There isn’t a name that comes to mind that could fill his shoes right this very minute,” she said to the Star. We agree with her, Soknacki has skillfully dealt with difficult budgets and gotten a good consensus amongst council. With the city not out of the financial woods, those skills are still sorely needed.
The 10-day, million dollar, Queens Quay experiment comes to an end and gets mostly good reviews. Of course many complained about the cost and drivers complained about the inconvenience but cyclists and pedestrians love it.
First it was the province dropping the ball on funding new subway/streetcar purchases, now it’s the Feds who are unsure about funding the York U subway project. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said that the money isn’t a sure thing and may actually want to fund new highway construction. The whole thing reeks of political manoeuvring and it makes us sick.
The Docks can’t catch a break. They’re still embroiled in a court battle to keep their liquor license but now the police want to chat with them over alleged security concerns. A disorderly patron apparently threw a bottle at a man on the street.
Police are looking for a man that assaulted a 15-year old girl last month in the Danforth and Coxwell area. They stepped up their canvass and are handing out sketches of the man.
Statistics Canada reports that urbanites are actually thinner than their rural counterparts. The national average for obesity is at 23% but in cities this rate hovers at around 20% with Toronto averaging much lower than that at 16%. Those fitness crazy Vancouverites are the least obese at 12%, almost half of the national average.