Newsstand: June 13, 2011
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Newsstand: June 13, 2011

Illustration by Sasha Plotnikova/Torontoist.

Oh, Monday, you shouldn’t have! A woman says the OSPCA seized and euthanized her healthy dog without her knowledge, daycare centre staff in Scarborough are thinking of the children even though they’re not being paid, and two Toronto ‘hoods are on a mission to get carbon neutral.

A woman in Etobicoke claims that her dog was seized and euthanized unnecessarily, without her knowledge. Gianna Tramontin returned home two weeks ago to find a note from the OSPCA informing her that her sixteen-year-old husky, Rocky, had been taken away due to her failure to provide adequate shelter and veterinary care—a neighbour had alerted the organization after Rocky had collapsed in the sun. When Tramontin went looking for him, she was told that Rocky was being cared for, when in fact he was euthanized. While the OSPCA says that the dog was in poor shape, Tramontin and her veterinarian say that Rocky was receiving regular care from a vet.
Staff will head to work today at a daycare centre in Scarborough with no guarantee of being paid. The Progress Child Care Centre is cash-strapped, and last week its board of directors asked the City to step in with emergency funds. While the City has refused, Progress staff are coming to work today anyway out of a sense of responsibility to the nearly 100 children whose care depends on them. Most of the children attending Progress have their child-care subsidized by the municipal government. The daycare’s financial crisis is one that may be repeated at other daycares: when children move on from daycare to kindergarten, their spots are sometimes not filled right away because the children who need the care are on wait-lists to receive subsidies. In the meantime, the daycare remains staffed for full enrolment, but receives money from the City for only as many children as are being cared for.
Condos are a comin’! I feel it in me bones! Well, residents of the Beaches should, anyway. The east-end waterfront neighbourhood has condos in its future from the kind of developers who are trying to tread softly and appease neighbours as they go. Condos: they can happen to anyone.
Nothing like a little healthy competition to keep you on your toes, ready for anything, and carbon-neutral. Two Toronto neighbourhoods have been chosen to participate in Project Neutral, a program that aims to reduce the carbon footprint of whole neighbourhoods. Riverdale and the Junction will be the project’s first urban participants, and while they’re not, strictly speaking, in competition with one another, choosing ‘hoods on rivalling sides of the Don Valley hardly seems accidental.
Speaking of competition… Yo, England! Our [future] Indian cultural centre is [or will be] bigger than your Indian cultural centre! The Indian government is looking for real estate in Toronto to build a cultural centre that it promises will rival—nay, outshine—the Nehru Centre in London, England.