Clubland Gets Violent, Taxpayers Get Break, Artists Get Housing
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Clubland Gets Violent, Taxpayers Get Break, Artists Get Housing

The Entertainment District got a little more entertaining early Monday morning as an innocent bystander was wounded in a wild movie-style shootout involving at least four gunmen. Mayor David Miller called for a crackdown on gun smuggling as part of his strategy of blaming all problems in Toronto on forces outside of his control.
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty unveiled tax cuts yesterday, including corporate and personal income taxes reductions and a one-cent drop in the GST. Remember David Miller’s call to have one cent of the GST turned over to Toronto to prevent the city from imminent collapse? Well, it turns out that the Conservatives would rather not have the money at all than give it to us. Well played, Mr. Harper, well played.
The city has brokered an innovative deal between artists and developers to include a theatre and cheap studio space as part of new development near Queen West and Dovercourt. Other ideas to make the neighbourhood more artist-friendly include a wine store on every corner, 24-hour beret shops, and quaintly-crafted street signs identifying the area as the “Artsy Triangle.”
The interim commissioner of the environment has reported that after fifteen years of talking, there’s still no meaningful strategy in place to green up the Federal government, with most departments having no targets to achieve or baselines against which to measure their progress. Most federal cabinet ministers do, however, have a blue recycling bin underneath their desk, which they use for storing their shoes.
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