Flush with the success of their campaign to publicly insult women and minorities, the Ontario government has taken the bold step of verbally abusing the entire City of Toronto. Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty yesterday indicated he wasn’t inclined to share any of the billions of dollars that the province sucks out of Toronto each year, blaming the looming fiscal crisis on the City’s failure to use its shiny new tax powers, and by implication on Torontonians for not paying enough taxes. He then leapt into his solid gold Ferrari and raced off to his palace at Queen’s Park.
The Canadian dollar rose to a 30-year high against the U.S. greenback yesterday, fueled by a 2.8% month over month rise in consumer spending. The numbers show that even with peak oil and climate change catastrophe just around the corner, we’re still willing to get out there and buy more unnecessary crap. Go, Canada.
Much of Toronto’s water and sewer system is apparently on the verge of collapse, which is disappointing news for the many city residents who enjoy indoor plumbing.
Still on the water beat, most city park drinking fountains are back in action after a two year initiative to ensure that the water provided is safe. Now thirsty Torontonians can stop drinking from from the water dishes sitting out front of pet stores.
Photo by Carrie Musgrave from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.