Newsstand: March 26, 2014




Newsstand: March 26, 2014

Today is Wednesday, which is technically the point of no return where it becomes easier to go forward to next weekend than to travel back in time to last weekend. In the news, the executive committee has voted to look into jets on the island, Rob Ford isn't talking, a new contender emerges for Mississauga mayor, and David Miller wants you to think about Earth Hour.

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After a long and contentious meeting, the City’s executive committee yesterday voted to let staff begin negotiations that would allow for the expansion of Billy Bishop airport and the introduction of jets. The proposal will go before the full City Council next week. Opponents of the idea have cited noise and pollution concerns, while advocates point out that introducing jets would provide efficiencies for business travellers as well as wicked awesome windsurfing in the Harbour.

Meanwhile, the Sun’s Mike Strobel has determined that WWI ace Billy Bishop, who died in 1956, supports the expansion of the airport that bears his name. In a related story, Torontoist has learned that Lester B. Pearson is opposed to the idea.

Councillor Doug Ford (Ward 2, Etobicoke North), Rob Ford’s campaign manager, said last week he wasn’t worried that new documents related the Project Brazen 2 police investigation would be embarrassing to his brother. It’s unclear whether or to what extent the mayor is feeling embarrassed by the documents, as he has yet to respond to the new information in spite of questioning by reporters.

Don’t forget to power down for the World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour, this Saturday March 29 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. This year, there’s a “what will you be thinking about in your #momentofdarkness” theme, and former mayor and current WWF Canada chair David Miller advises that he will be thinking about how to make Toronto transit more eco-friendly. Less usefully, we’ll be drinking whiskey by candlelight and pondering the collapse of industrial civilization.

Mississauga councillor Bonnie Crombie has announced that she will be running for mayor of the city where Toronto keeps its airport. Crombie hopes to position herself as the logical successor to popular mayor Hazel McCallion, who has run Mississauga since the British Crown purchased the land from the Mississauga First Nation 1978.