Newsstand: November 8, 2012




Newsstand: November 8, 2012

Ever have one of those dreams where you think it's Tuesday, but then it's actually Wednesday? Well it's Thursday now, and you need to start setting an alarm. In the news: the Catholic school board sort of offers to pay for the TTC's buses, the City freezes garbage collection rates, and basketball woes.

Workers from Etobicoke’s Mr. Christie bakery want the City to help prevent the bakery from being sold and redeveloped into a massive condo village. Unfortunately, those employees are forgetting that the city is getting bigger, and the Torontonians of the future will need living spaces from which to not go to jobs that no longer exist.

In what is hopefully the last we hear of the whole Rob-Ford-football-team-TTC-bus affair, the Toronto Catholic District School Board has said it would consider paying back the TTC for taking two buses out of commission last week to pick up the high school football team coached by the mayor. Meanwhile, TTC chair Karen Stintz (Ward 16, Eglinton-Lawrence) is considering telling police the break down of the costs of using those buses for emergencies. We’re going to step in here and say there’s nothing wrong with using buses to help people in emergencies. Just, maybe a bunch of soggy football players doesn’t count as an emergency.

You can say what you want about privatized garbage collection, although it seems most people now having their trash picked up by private companies are choosing not to say anything. The number of complaints in the area between the Humber River and Yonge Street has gone down by about 90 per cent. The budget committee has also frozen the garbage rates for next year, which has Councillor Gord Perks (Ward 14, Parkdale-High Park) up in arms because that means the City won’t be able to expand the green bin program. The price of water will be rising, though, by about $70 next year.

There are two scenarios in which we won’t comment on the stories that come up in the Newsstand. One is when a matter is of sufficient legal complexity or social relevance that a lighthearted jab could create dire and long-term consequences for an individual or community. The other is when it’s about a woman filing a complaint against her neighbour for practising basketball too loudly. Guess which one this is.