Disappearance of the Killer Tomatoes, Hampton Bows Out, and Bloor Street Gets Arboreal
Many fast-food chains and grocery stores are reintroducing tomatoes to their menus after the American tomato salmonella outbreak last week. Officials for the stores said that they waited until everybody had forgotten about the salmonella thing before bringing back the tomatoes, and that in future they hope to make us forget about bad things faster.
Howard Hampton confirmed this weekend that he will not seek re-election to the NDP’s provincial leadership next March. Hampton plans to campaign for the federal NDP leadership, describing Jack Layton’s party leadership as “dangerously alive” and “notoriously noticeable.”
Dalton McGuinty once again promised that he will not raise taxes despite a weakening economy and a perceived need for increased public investment. Immediately following this announcement, McGuinty unveiled his “tax shift” plan, whereby potential taxes from the future are temporally shifted to the present so we can pay them right away.
Local businesses have hammered out a $20 million plan to make Bloor Street more pedestrian-friendly. The plan consists of replacing parking spots with additional sidewalk space and planting trees. The plan is brilliant, because pedestrians love trees.
And Toronto FC had a good weekend, keeping their at-home winning streak alive as they beat the Colorado Rapids.
Photo by Stewart Leiwakabessy.