The dog and pony show of the mayoral race here in Toronto is coming into the home stretch and truthfully speaking it can’t end soon enough.
But whether it’s been Rob Ford Or Doug Ford, John Tory or Olivia Chow, or some other clown, in all the debates and banter the only real issue that has had any air time has been…
In the wee hours of Saturday July 27…
The lid of the pressure cooker that has been boiling in this City for years, finally blew.
As most of you know Sammy Yatim was killed by Toronto Police Const. James Forcillo during a brief standoff with police. An investigation is on the way by the SIU and Bill Blair has reached out to the family regarding the incident. Read the rest of this entry
With the Trayvon Martin case on the minds of many worldwide I thought it might be right to look at the aspects of race and policing within our city and no topic locally is as racially charged as the issue of police carding or street checks. Read the rest of this entry
Big Box Stores…
All those words drum up every emotion from fear to anger to joy, and often times it exposes the Ugly beast I call NIMBY, but the reason they evoke such a variety of emotions is because they all mean the same thing; Change. Read the rest of this entry
No Doubt Last Two Weeks have been… Interesting… in the city we call home and its squarely been focused around Rob Ford, no denying that. Support him or Hate him, there is no question that it had been on the lips of everyone in the city and has the attention of the media internationally.
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Now let me be clear I’m not a journalists, I’ve never written an article for anywhere and I’ve never been to journalism school but that won’t keep me from talking about the state of one of the world’s oldest professions.
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Now let me start by saying that I’m a supporter of Rob Ford. I believe that in regards to what he’s been trying to do down at City Hall he has been on the right track, he came into office pledging to reduce spending while attempting to reduce our taxes both of which he has done well and it has not left the city in dire straits swinging from financial crisis to crisis.
But even before he came into office, Rob Ford had been at the center of a concerted attack from left leaning councillors and organizations (unions and media alike)
Often times we are too concerned with the bad things that go on in our society; Terrorist Threats and Gun Violence and on lower scale Government Waste and system fraud. And while these are still things that we have to keep an eye on and address as they happen, there are times when we are called to something greater than the negative. Events that show you just how greatly we are blessed when we show compassion in the face of great despair.
Events like what took place this past Monday in Cleveland when out of nowhere a man like Charles Ramsey leaps to the aid of what he thinks is just a simple domestic case, only to find out that he is helping save 3 women held captive for nearly 10 years. In that instance this man, becomes a national hero, not only for the fact that he assisted those girls in getting free but by just being real.
But while the big story was in Cleveland, right here at home Tragedy was turned to triumph and what could have been misery for the kids of Mary Shadd Public School in Malvern became a story of the Heart of Toronto.
According to initial reports the newly built playground for the kindergarten classes at Mary Shadd Public School was set ablaze by someone who likely lives in the area with the purpose of destroying the playground. The story is uniquely heart wrenching because it was only last year that the school was able to build that playground, after it took 5 years of fundraising to get the $20, 000 dollars needed to build it.
Word of the incident spread and many people were outraged that someone would do this to an area that so desperately needs facilities and to kids that had spent most of their years at that school fundraising to build.
And thats when the blessings poured in…
First it was Newstalk1010 host John Tory on Tues. evening pledging to offer $500.00 of his own money to help the school rebuild, and then with no formal invitations or even a website created, the drive to rebuild this playground at Mary Shadd took off. The next pledge was from Tom Mihalik of the famous Tom’s Place in Kensington Market who pledged $1,800 to the project, and what happened next is where the story went from truly heartbreaking to the ultimate act of kindness.
A gentleman by the name of Manuel Da Costa informed John Moore of Moore In the Morning on Newstalk1010 that he would donate the balance of the funds needed to rebuild the playground.
24hrs – $20,000…
All because the residents of this city, from the well known and well off to the not so well known but equally blessed giving money for those in need.
THIS IS WHAT TORONTO IS… a city with heart, a city that gives, a city looks out for each other!!!!
And when asked if he wanted to give his story on the radio since he made this whole situation complete, Mr. Da Costa said “thank you but I don’t need the publicity… I’ve been very fortunate in the business that I do… I’m doing this cause I have kids and I know how they would have felt”. Wow talk about a servants heart, Mr. Da Costa may not be religious but that is a true act of God’s will, that we look after our brothers and sisters especially when we have been given so much.
To Date Mary Shadd has received over $60,000 dollars to rebuild the junior playground and they are going to take the extra money to spruce up the playground of the older kids.
In what was a week very mixed emotions, we can never forget that we have the ability to be great and that inspite of the difficulties of life we are able to lift up each other. Toronto no matter the Mayor in charge or the years that pass will always be:
TORONTO: The Good
Gas Plants and Voters Apathy…
So on Tuesday morning the former premier of Ontario came before the justice committee to explain his role in the Gas Plant cancellations in Mississauga and Oakville and true McGuinty fashion he pulled out his snake oil and was selling it as only he can.
He said (and I’m paraphrasing here)
You can’t outsmart the truth… we made a mistake placing the plants there in the first place
We made this decision to late and we regret that…
And the line of the day…
We did it for the children!!!
More like you did it to save your sorry self.
But of all the answers McGuinty gave, what was the most telling testimony of the day was his answer about what he knew the cost estimates were when he made the final decision to cancel the project, and with all the sincerity that he could muster Mr. McGuinty said this:
“I didn’t know what the cost were going to be to close the plants when I made the decision.”
Wow!!! That confession is by far the most outrageous thing that he has ever said.
So in plain English he is saying that he placed a gas plant around hospitals, homes & children (which he says was a mistake), then took 5 years to figure out that it was a bad decision and only when it was going to bite him in the butt politically he had an epiphany that these plants had to be cancelled immediately no matter the cost.
So instead of finding out the best way out of a bad decision by taking the time to get it right, McGuinty did what he figured would secure him an election and announced the cancellations and put them in a terrible bargaining position.
McGuinty and his cabinet played with house money for election votes and we lost our shirts.
So how do we as a voting public respond, how do we decide to hold them accountable?
60% of Ontarians polled say they don’t want an election.
60%… even though close to 70% of people polled think that this same Liberal government is corrupt.
What is wrong with us!!!
When the bankers on Wall Street took outrageous bets with the public’s money, a large majority of the people rose up and demanded for someone to be held accountable, and rightfully so but when this Liberal government that you elected does virtually the same thing and you bend over and ask for more.
This level of Apathy to this complete and utter theft of our money for the purpose of winning a few seats is disgusting. To make matters worse this isn’t their first go around with this kind of gross mismanagement and we as a voting public keep giving them the key to the vault.
THEY ARE ROBBING US BLIND AND RUBBING IT IN OUR FACES.
The Liberals have been rubbing it in our faces for the last few weeks. Chief of those is the current energy minister Bob Chiarelli, Mr. Chiarelli to got up in the legislature last week and insist that if the opposition wanted the numbers on the cost they should have “Done their homework”. This type of response smacks of a government that feels they don’t answer to anyone.
Wrong again Bob…
You and your government should have known, before you cancelled the plants what the cost were going to be
Bob, your party should have reported that cost to the people who put your sorry asses in office.
Most Importantly Bob, your party and in particular your former Leader Dalton McGuinty should have, regardless of whether it was politically advantageous or not, taken the extra time to do it right, because that’s what good government is supposed to do.
So what is going to take you people to get active?
What will it take you people to kick politicians like McGuinty, Chiarelli and Wynne out on their backsides?
“The Liberals have not learned any lessons from various scandals such as e-Health and the cancelled gas plants in Mississauga. The budget does not “rebuild trust with the public,”
And with that Andrea Horwath has decided to prop up the Liberal government of Ontario…
Yes the same woman who said “You are Corrupt” about this Liberal government yesterday morning is about to reward its “Corruption” with more time in office.
Now you might say
How do you know that she will vote for this budget?
Isn’t that hypocrisy?
Why would she do that?
We know she will prop them up because she alluded to it after the budget was released
“We want to see them meet some of these targets, like on auto insurance it needs to be done in one year not one and a half… and we’re going to hold them to that”
No one who is thinking about toppling a government worries about holding them to doing anything because you would have removed them from office already. Andrea Horwath ploy of needing time for voter consultation is just that a poly, because as she said herself “They got more than they asked for”. She doesn’t want to seem hypocritical in proping up a government she has already confessed is corrupt”
Ontarians have made it quite clear that they don’t believe in this Liberal government no matter how they feel about Ms. Wynne. They are asking for change even if they don’t know who they want instead.
But the bigger question is why will she prop up a government she insists is corrupt.
The answer is likely one of these reasons.
She either thinks she can use Ms. Wynne as a puppet;
she believes she won’t win in an election or;
She doesn’t believe that the Liberal government did anything wrong.
My guess is its all of the above.
By proping them up on condition of following through you hold what I like to call “Worthless leverage”. It’s worthless because if government continues its track record of broken promises then the people will not only dislike Ms. Wynne for not following through but they will turn on Ms. Horwath for wasting time in getting the change we want. Now if the Liberals do achieve some level of competence in the time she gives them, people will begin to forgive the last 9 years of ineptitude. Voters especially in Ontario, tend to have short political memories as evidence by McGuinty’s last electoral “Victory”. Either way this doesn’t end well for the NDP.
Not that triggering an election would work right now for her anyways as all trends tend to point to another minority government but for either the Liberals or the PC’s with the NDP on the outside looking in. But ultimately she will prop up this government because all in all Ms Horwath is a Liberal wearing an orange jacket. Her recent turn about in regards to fiscal responsibility has been purely politics and not ideological. She is no more of a budget hawk than Ms. Wynne, she has been in favour of many of the Liberal tax increases before, railed against many of the tax cuts that corporations have received and championed many of the boondoggles before they became a hazard. She was against reforms to public sector wages and entitlements even when the Liberals were in favour of them. So at every turn Ms. Horwath has shown that she will talk like a populist but govern like any other Liberal.
So when Andrea Horwath fails to bring down the Liberals , she will have failed Ontario.