TTC union reps walked away from the bargaining table yesterday, meaning you could be walking to work as early as next Tuesday. Much like everyone else on the planet, the union is looking for more money and better benefits, but unlike everybody else on the planet, they can force the city into shutdown if they don’t get it. As Clint Eastwood famously said in Unforgiven, “Deserves got nothin’ to do with it.”
More snow is expected today and tonight, and Environment Canada says that the weather in Toronto will probably remain cold until at least the end of April. Plucky Torontonians responded to the news with a cheerful wink and a “Dear sweet mother of God, what is wrong with this country?”
Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty continued his pissing contest with the provincial Liberals by holding a press conference and daring Dalton McGuinty to use today’s budget to lower corporate taxes. Provincial Finance Minister Dwight Duncan called the press conference a “stunt,” and challenged Flaherty to a full-on Finance Minister Smack-down, to be held in a giant cage in front of Queen’s Park and emceed by Mike Tyson.
All three levels of government are apparently interested in a Toronto bid for the 2015 Pan Am games. While the Pan Am Games isn’t the Olympics, it is the most prestigious sporting event ever to share a name with a defunct airline.
The Leafs are playing a two-game series against Boston this week in which they pretty much have to win both games to retain a shot at the playoffs. Statistically it’s going to be tough for them to make the post-season, but if they do it’s going to be one crowded bandwagon.
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