Crazy Highways, the Verdict at the Ex and Downtown Businesses Want Cameras
After every long weekend we wait to read the stories about the wacky things that the OPP catch on our roads. This weekend doesn’t dissapoint with a badly maintained trailer hauling three donkeys, a drunk couple that followed each other home in separate vehicles, and families moving junior to his college dorm with furniture insecurely fastened. All and all, the OPP gave out 3000 tickets province-wide with around 550 of these being in the GTA. Sadly, four people died in accidents this weekend.
If any of those 550 people who got slapped with tickets are reading remember that the roads are going to be busier, especially with kids heading back to school. Please be careful. Those kids might be small but they can leave a really nasty dent on your shiny new car.
The Sun clearly loves the Ex with this non-story about the Ex being busy on its last day. Apparently there were a “crazy” number of visitors at the Ex yesterday. Tomorrow we’ll be reading about the “crazy” number of murders in Toronto and the “crazy” amount of money the government wastes on handouts like welfare and healthcare.
But the more curmudgeonly Star points out that attendance at the long running fair will probably clock in at around 1.3 million, better than last year but not quite the numbers expected. Many blame the weather and the fair’s decreased popularity.
With labour day now behind us it’s time to get serious about this November’s fall election. Or is it? Many notable candidates, incumbents and challengers alike, are waiting till October to kick their campaigns into high gear.
Damon Allen is now pro-football’s most prolific passer. He surpassed Warren Moon’s record of 70,553 yards and kicked the tar out of the Hamilton Tiger Cats 40-6.
The Globe and Mail profiles Mike Hyde, the man that sells recovered property for Toronto police. He apparently sells about 2000 bikes in six months and can raise almost $250,000 a year. Not enough for a helicopter but pretty respectable nonetheless.
Finally, downtown businesses are still complaining about a drop in business after the Creba shooting. Their solution? Cameras. The business associations want either City Hall or the province to pay for them, how convenient. There’s also this logic twisting quote from James Robinson the Executive Director of the Yonge Downtown Business Association, “We will let people know we are not going to spy on them, but you can’t go into the public realm, you can’t walk on to the subway platform, go into a mall or bank without being videotaped,” said Robinson. James, last time we checked malls and banks are actually private property.
Photo by Bahman from the Torontoist Flickr Group.