By Jack Lakey The Fixer Tues., May 7, 2019 The explosion of cherry blossoms at High Park is a sight to behold, unless walking into the park is a mountain too high. If the only way for you to get there is in a car with a handicapped parking pass, better find blossoms somewhere else. High Park is out of bounds for you and many others who have trouble walking. It seems everybody is budding with excitement over the annual High Park cherry blossoms. One proletariat writer in the Star declared that he prefers the park over all the exquisite cottages in Muskoka and is delighted by the ban on vehicles during the extravaganza. Huzzah for the little people, but we prefer the cottage. Our pilot will engage the helicopter as soon as Jeeves returns from shopping for comestibles at Pusateri’s. Conrad and Barbara will be joining us for the weekend. That is of no import for inhabitants of the urban jungle. They want to enjoy a blossomy interlude. And who are we - or the … [Read more...] about Can’t walk? Then no High Park cherry blossoms for you
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By Bonnie Crombie Opinion Patrick Brown Opinion Tues., May 7, 2019 The provincial government is reviewing the regional government system in Ontario. Mississauga’s mayor, Bonnie Crombie, argues yes, now is the perfect time to right a historical wrong and allow Canada’s sixth largest city to be independent of Peel Region. The mayor of neighbouring Brampton, Patrick Brown, argues no, the costs involved in dissolution of the region are unfair to his taxpayers. After 45 years, it’s time for Mississauga to leave the Region of Peel and become an independent city. The regional government model in Peel is broken beyond repair, and it’s time for change. Now. Regional government is holding Mississauga back from achieving its true potential as a world-class city. As an independent city, Mississauga would finally have full control over its future and all decision making. It would be able to deliver services more efficiently and effectively, by reducing … [Read more...] about Should Mississauga leave Peel Region?
By Heather Mallick Star Columnist Fri., May 3, 2019 U.S. Attorney-General William Barr is a deplorable person, always has been. Worse, at least in the eyes of Washington, is that he’s a poor lawyer. Only the most foolish attorney would brazenly lie to House and Senate committees while knowing that evidence proving he was lying was in his possession, on paper. Barr said on April 10 that special counsel Robert Mueller hadn’t objected to his dismissive conclusion that the Mueller report “did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or co-ordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.” This was cherry-picking from a voluminous report. In fact, Mueller had already sent two letters to Barr and phoned him directly to lay out his objections to Barr’s artful dismissals of the report. When news about Mueller’s anger was revealed by journalists, Barr told the … [Read more...] about William Barr is a bad lawyer and a bad liar
By Taryn Grant Star Halifax Sun., April 21, 2019 HALIFAX—Street checks have been suspended in Nova Scotia, but they’re likely to return, and a group has already begun shaping a new set of rules that will dictate the future of the controversial practice. Justice Minister Mark Furey has asked a working group of 25 stakeholders to recommend how his department might regulate street checks to disentangle them from racial discrimination. After announcing on Apr. 17 that all police in the province were to stop randomly street checking pedestrians and passengers in vehicles, the minister told reporters that timelines would be “one of the most important elements” in the process of regulating street checks. In followup questions, he wouldn’t say how long he expects it to take for his department to reveal its next move but said he’s asked the working group to come up with “short-, medium- and long-term opportunities to respond … [Read more...] about What comes next for street checks in Nova Scotia
By Gilbert Ngabo Staff Reporter Tues., April 30, 2019 Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie Mississauga says she remains hopeful the provincial government will grant her city’s wish to break free from Peel Region. Crombie told the Star’s editorial board Tuesday that she has met with two provincial special advisers — former deputy minister and CEO of Metrolinx Michael Fenn, and former chair of Waterloo Region Ken Seiling — who were appointed earlier this year to lead a review of Ontario regional governments. She said Premier Doug Ford has said “some positive things” about how not one size will fit all. There are regions that want to amalgamate, and others that are fine with the status quo. Mississauga wants none of that. “It doesn’t work for us. We overcontribute. It’s all pay no save. It is broken,” she said, listing cities of Mississauga’s size or smaller that are governed independently — … [Read more...] about Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie lays out case for separating from Peel Region