David Miller was reelected Mayor of Toronto with almost 57 per cent of the vote. Voter turnout increased to 41.1 per cent. Full election results for all wards are available on the Toronto website.
Miller used his acceptance speech to make his promises clear. Rather than use the new City of Toronto Act to add new taxes, Miller will be asking for 1 cent of the sales tax generated by Toronto from the provincial and federal governments. This may test the (currently) close relationship between Miller and McGunity. Miller also plans to put buses and streetcars on their own lanes, improve recreational facilities in poor neighborhoods, and have the waterfront parks finished by 2010.
The Canadian government has won the award for “fossil of the day” for contributing the least to climate control talks. Meanwhile, Canada was ranked 51st out of 56 on our climate change policies. We are only ahead of countries such as the U.S., China, and Borat’s own Kazakhstan. Sweden, Britain and Denmark were near the top.
The Hershey’s plant remains closed due to the salmonella recall.
In a study conducted by Queen’s University, 53 per cent of Canadians considered national identification cards, complete with fingerprints and retina scans, a good idea. Former immigration minister Denis Coderre says it won’t matter what the public thinks, “because at the end of the day it will be imposed by international standards.”
Australian researchers have created an air-guitar shirt that will make real music when the wearer plays chords. Party on, dudes!
Thanks to Marc Lostracco for the photo.