Almost 80,000 high school students applied to Ontario universities this year, and the universities are using the surge as a powerful bargaining chip. If you’re a student of the University of Toronto, you’ll know that the current strategy for dealing with this increase in enrollment is to pack the students in tight. With their debt climbing into the $100-million range, universities are demanding financial assistance from the government or they will stop accepting so many students. What now?
Ready for a fight? David Miller denounces the Ontario Municipal Board‘s decision to support the buiding of 5 condo towers on Queen West. “The time has come to abolish the OMB now,” says Christopher Hume. Put down your microbrewery beer and tie your Chucks on: it’s time to raise a hipster army.
Winners of the Regent Park Grounds for Art manhole cover competition were announced: DeMuth Flake won for his storm sewer cover design, Xin Xu for sanitary system covers, and Rene Zamic for water valve covers. The designs will be showcased at the Toronto Free Gallery (660 Queen Street East) until January 21.
Councillor Case Ootes of Ward 29 (Toronto Danforth) proposes building an RV park downtown to encourage tourism. Currently, the nearest RV park is in Scarborough, and Ootes argues that the city would benefit by having a campground near the Ex or Downsview Park. Not a bad idea, actually: it would probably work better than all those other tourism schemes they’ve tried out since SARS.
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