The crime rate in Canada dropped 3% last year, hitting its lowest overall rate in 25 years, with the GTA one of the least criminally inclined of Canadian cities. Politicians and police agencies will want to take credit for the decline, but the explanation can more likely be found in recent census data which noted the accelerating codgerization of Canadian society.
The Conservatives fell 3 points in opinion polls last month, in spite of a cross-country tour by Stephen Harper. Apparently the angry android persona isn’t selling well—maybe the PM could take advantage of his natural stiffness by adopting the robot dance as his signature move at public appearances.
The Ontario government has launched a new EatRight telephone service to help provide information on food and health. Now you have somewhere to call and have the question “do these pants make me look fat?” answered in 120 different languages.
City councillors yesterday declined an opportunity to roll back their 9% salary increase as a response to the predicted fiscal crunch. The move led to heated debate between the “Let them eat cake” group and the opposing “Won’t somebody please think of the children” faction.
An out of control tractor-trailer crashed through a bus shelter and into a sporting goods store at the intersection of Warden and Lawrence yesterday, killing one woman and injuring her baby and several other people. The intersection was noted as one of the most dangerous in Toronto back in 2002.
photo by smlgphotos from Torontoist Flickr Pool.