Weekend Newsstand: May 28, 2011
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Weekend Newsstand: May 28, 2011

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Go Saturday, it’s your birthday, we’re gonna party like it’s your birthday: Toronto councillors want ward boundaries re-drawn, get ready to remember Ontario politics due to the coining of dumb words like Changebook, road tolls may be in Toronto’s future, and go fly a (not-sharp) kite (away from the birds and with a permit).

Need your back re-aligned? How about your electoral wards re-distributed? Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday is on a mission to re-draw the boundaries on the city’s 44 municipal electoral districts. The current ward boundaries are stale like old spices (not Old Spice), dating back to the year 2000, before condo explosions (not real explosions! It’s a metaphor!) and other demographic phenomena contributed to wild discrepancies in population between wards. In a rare moment of left-wing-right-wing hand-holding (or agreeing, whatever), Councillor Adam Vaughan (Ward 20, Trinity-Spadina) says Holyday is right about the necessity of re-drawing the boundaries. A crop of condos has nearly doubled the population of Vaughan’s riding since 2006, and he believes that the population-dense downtown and its pinkos stand to benefit from a redistribution.
Speaking of elections and whatnot, the National Post is talking about the “forgotten level of government.” We’ll give you a hint: it rhymes with shmovincial. That’s right, it seems Torontonians are more in touch with the municipal and federal affairs than they are with provincial politics. It gave us a place to stand and a place to grow, and we call this land Ontario, but we don’t call our MPP very often, because we don’t know who they are. Anyway, the legislature is winding down for the summer, and there’s a provincial election coming your way October 6, so get ready to brush up on the workings of the level of government you may have been neglecting (or at least get ready for the media to be brushing up on it for you).
Speaking of which, Tim Hudak’s Ontario Tories will release their election platform tomorrow, and they have dubbed it “Changebook,” apparently not in jest. Just to be clear: their platform has a name, and its name is Changebook. We don’t even know what to say to that.
Gordon Chong, now chair of Toronto Transit Infrastructure Ltd., is doling out reality checks about what will be required to build the uber-expensive Sheppard subway, which weighs in at an estimated $4 billion. Chong is saying road tolls and congestion charges are in Toronto’s future.
Let’s go fly a kite, up to the highest height! Well, you might need a permit for that. Proposed regulations on the table at city council include a permit process for competitive kite fighting, a ban on kites with strings made of sharp materials, and a ban on kites in bird-heavy parks. Council will vote on the proposals next week.

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