John Tory is looking at ideas to deal with the spike in violence across the city over the past few weeks. They range in practicality and conceivable efficacy: from stopping the flow of illegal guns into the city, to taking liquor licenses away from businesses that are known to harbour people known to use guns. Which makes a lot of sense. Y’know, criminals are known for their affinity for obeying the rules set by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario.
Add to the growing list of problems facing the Scarborough subway. A popular woodlot that beckons back to Scarborough’s agricultural history might be threatened by the construction of the subway. The TTC has proposed five potential sites for construction, two of which would harm the woodlot. It’s not the first time that the community has had to fight for the woodlot. Back in the 80s, condo developers wanted to take the forest down, but were ultimately unsuccessful. In a perfect world, Scarborough could keep its woodlot, subway, and houses, but we don’t live in that perfect world.
Two mayors from southwestern Ontario say that Toronto should pick up the tab for the over-budget Pan Am games. Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley has opposed the provincially funded games, calling them a “tremendous waste” from the very beginning. Leamington’s mayor says that he supports events like the Pan Am games generally, but has a hard time telling his constituents that part of their property taxes will go to pay people who may have gone over budget. Which, actually, is pretty reasonable.