“Next stop, Quarter Pounder” is something you could be hearing on the subway in the future, as City Council agrees to look at selling station naming rights to corporations. However, TTC vice-chair Joe Mihevc calls the study a “waste of time” and says the idea should be rejected, presumably because he’s polled all 1.5 million riders and knows that they’d rather pay higher fares than suffer the indignity of a subway stop named after a basketball shoe instead of a 19th century Brit. Say, what if they sold the naming rights to Subway? Everybody wins!
The Province is considering charging higher fees to companies that bottle and sell water from Ontario lakes and streams. Starting next year the fee will be $3.71 per million litres of water. The water sells for about two bucks a litre…so that’s a margin of about…hmmm, one hundred million percent. Yeah, we can probably do better.
Premier Dalton McGuinty says that bullet trains are the future of transportation. Except in other countries, where they’re the present.
A Sikh temple in Mississauga that received $250,000 dollars from a so-called provincial government “slush fund” has lost its charitable status after failing to file an information return with the Canada Revenue Agency. Whatever happened to the good old days when you could phone a cabinet minister, tell him, “I’m feeling multicultural this morning,” and get a cheque for quarter of a million by noon?
Federal Immigration Minister Diane Finley is having her security beefed up by the RCMP, apparently because she’s been threatened by criminal groups, who are angry about legislation which cracks down on foreign exotic dancers. A spokesman for organized crime said, “Everybody knows that all meetings between gangsters and crooked cops have to happen in strip bars. What are we gonna do if there’s no dancers?”
Photo by JPhilipson.