Every weekday’s end, Extra, Extra collects just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss.
- A week ago, Doug Ford (Ward 2, Etobicoke North) complained—erroneously—that his ward had too many libraries compared with Tim Hortons locations. Many are speculating that this is setting the stage for some significant library cutbacks (which will be released tomorrow). Bracing for that and going on the offensive, the Toronto Public Library Workers Union has set up a website to centralize efforts to try and maintain library services. Our Public Library includes a petition, a blog, and some library workers’ views on the challenges the library system may soon face.
- On the side of Tim Hortons: at least 17 concerned Torontonians, who have signed a petition calling for more Tim Hortons locations in Doug Ford’s Etobicoke ward. “Ward 2 residents suffer from an acute lack of Timbits, double doubles to get them going in the morning, and Ice Caps during those scorching summer heatwaves,” states the petition. Sign today if you share their pain!
- Earlier this week, Councillor Gord Perks (Ward 14, Parkdale-High Park) wondered aloud how we’d gone from a budget surplus last year to a looming deficit this year. Over at the Grid, Ed Keenan uses that remark as a jumping off point for a helpful look at how Toronto’s budget process actually works.
- Many Torontonians find our street garbage bins pretty, well—icky is the only word. With foot pedals that often break, and receptacle lids frequently covered in goo, they aren’t always the most pleasant to use. Torontoist contributor Jake Tobin Garrett recently visited Vancouver and compares their garbage receptacles to our own.