The so-called Three Amigos Summit will take place this week at a resort in Montebello, Quebec, where the leaders of Canada, the U.S. and Mexico will meet with business executives to discuss stuff that’s none of your business. Incidentally, the tag line for the 1986 movie The Three Amigos was “They’re Down On Their Luck And Up To Their Necks In Senoritas, Margaritas, Banditos And Bullets!”
Dalton McGuinty will commit the provincial government to taking back disability support payments and drug benefits that have been paid for by municipalities since Mike Harris downloaded a host of provincial costs back in the 90s. The move would save Toronto $38 million in the first year, which would be a good start towards fixing the $535 million budget shortfall. Some kind of a start, anyway. Certainly better than a kick in the teeth.
In a related story, Ontario finance minister Greg Sorbara announced that the provincial budget surplus for 2006-2007 is $2 billion greater than expected. Between that and the Liberals sinking in the polls, we should be able to look foward to Christmas in September this year.
Bear encounters in Northern Ontario have more than doubled from last year thanks to hot dry weather that has killed off berry crops and left bears hungry. While Toronto residents don’t have to worry just yet, if you find something going through your garbage, here’s a good rule of thumb to identify the creature by size: toaster oven = raccoon, dishwasher = bear, minivan = Asian elephant, street car = T Rex.
Photo by Trevor Haldenby from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.