A large part of the downtown core from College to Queens Quay and York to Bayview, was blacked-out for about 2 ½ hours yesterday. In response, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty said that Toronto has the ability to generate all the power it needs and certainly wasn’t getting any more from the Province, while Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty agreed, adding that Torontonians should stop whining and being all dependent on electricity.
Web search giant Google is living up to its motto “Don’t Be Evil” by pledging to spend hundreds of millions on researching clean, renewable energy. One option being considered is a plant that would generate electricity for 750,000 homes annually by burning Google’s excess cash.
Environmentalists are pressuring Natural Resources Minister to reduce or prohibit logging in Algonquin Park. A ban would make Algonquin consistent with other provincial parks, but would anger some local residents who rely on the lumber trade for their income. Hmmm, a wilderness area where development and industrial activity are banned…hey, that sounds like, um, a park.
At their summit in Annapolis yesterday, Israeli P.M. Olmert and Palestinian Authority leader Abbas pledged to work towards a peace deal in 2008, meaning they would meet periodically to shake hands and ask about each other’s families. The failure of the talks will be announced in early 2009.
The National Post says that the Toronto Maple Leafs, currently riding a four-game losing streak, are “fast becoming the worst team in the NHL.” Not exactly untrue but still kind of depressing.
Photo by moonwire from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.