Newsstand: May 15, 2013




Newsstand: May 15, 2013

What? No. What? In the news: Exhibition Place wants to keep the Muzik pumping into 2034, big-boxes eye Leslieville again, Freemium expressway experiences, and most of us want Bixi to keep on rolling.

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Nothing makes a great Saturday night out like a whole lot of muzak. Yeah, you on a sweat-soaked dance floor, getting really grimy to a soft organ and soprano sax version of “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do).” Mmmm. It’s fun times like this that are probably why the leadership at Exhibition Place want so badly to extend the lease of the Horticultural Building to Muzik, the club currently operating in the space, as far as 2034 without giving anyone else the opportunity to bid. This proposed sole-source contract even has the endorsement of councillor Mark Grimes (Ward 6, Etobicoke-Lakeshore), the chair of the Exhibition Place board and a Ford-friendly councillor. Something Ford is not friendly to: sole-sourced leases. No, no can do.

SmartCenters, a company with a fetish for all things parking lot, is trying to make in-roads into Leslieville yet again. Years after having their plans kept out of the neighbourhood, the company is now hoping to build an 18-acre development that ostensibly wouldn’t be so big-boxy. No application has been submitted to the city as part of the plan yet, but their current idea includes existing buildings and some new retail space. Whatever could those possibly be? Probably a Wal-Mart.

Premier Kathleen Wynne and provincial NDP leader Andrea Horwath are meeting this afternoon to try and iron out a few more details of the most recent provincial budget. One point that the New Democrats are not too fond of is the Liberal plan to allow carpool lanes to be used by single drivers, if those drivers pay a voluntary toll—thus undermining the purpose of the lanes currently restricted to vehicles with multiple occupants and vehicles with green plates. The PC party has already stated that they will not support the budget, so without the help of the NDP, the minority Liberal government will fall. Maybe Wynne and Horwath should drive over to the meeting together—see what that feels like?

A new poll shows that the majority of Torontonians support the city taking over Bixi’s bike-sharing operations in Toronto. Bixi is currently facing mounting financial problems, but even though people want to see the service continue, they also want to see it pay for itself.