More Chicks in Politics, Bell Punks Out, Smoggy, Smoggy Day
Equal Voice, a group which advocates for more women in government, reports that there are 22% more women running in this year’s provincial election than in 2003. However, they also note that because many women are competing in ridings where they have no hope of winning, the numbers may not translate into more female legislators. You know, rather than spending time and money trying to elect more women, the whole inequity thing could be solved through a program of gender reassignment surgery on sitting MPPs.
Bell Canada has had to apologize for a billboard for cell phones which included a reference offensive to Holocaust survivors and probably a lot of other people. The posters showed a young woman wearing punk gear, including a button reading “Belsen Was A Gas,” a title of a song by seminal punk band the Sex Pistols. Bell did not apologize to the Sex Pistols.
Former TTC chair Howard Moscoe has another entry in the “who should pay for the TTC” sweepstakes: developers! Moscoe has renewed his 2006 push to change city zoning laws to require anyone building a condo within 500 metres of a subway to provide a Metropass for each unit. The plan should draw broad support because everyone already hates developers anyway.
Throat a little scratchy when you woke up this morning? Does your kitchen smell like a bus terminal garage? Yep, summer is back, so get outside and and enjoy what could be the last smog alert of the year.
Photo by Patrick Metzger from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.