Extra, Extra: Better Building, and the Fascists Among Us
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Extra, Extra: Better Building, and the Fascists Among Us

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  • So, this morning Mayor Rob Ford went on the radio and said that several of his colleagues on council—Adam Vaughan, Gord Perks, Janet Davis, Paula Fletcher, and Josh Matlow, specifically—were “two steps left of Joe Stalin.” Among Ford’s many gaffes, this is worth noting both for its wild historical inaccuracy and for its level of offensiveness, what with Stalin being a mass murderer and Josh Matlow being basically a nice guy who can’t make up his mind about a breakfast order, much less about public policy. However, no creator of gulags is he, and while we understand politicians’ need to get worked up about their opponents, this is an idiotic way of going about it.
  • In actual City Hall news, a Toronto Public Health nurse is warning that a labour disruption could mean an increase in the rate of sexually transmitted infections in Toronto—among those nurses’ duties are reaching out to people who might have been infected and helping them get tested.
  • Two interesting reports on the effects that various kinds of development can have on cities: one which explains why refurbishing existing buildings is often more environmentally friendly than building new ones, even when those new ones are highly efficient; and a second reinforcing long-standing claims that mixed-use development provides more jobs, more revenue, and has a lower environmental impact than, say, building a giant Walmart. [Second item via @jm_mcgrath]

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