Posts Tagged ‘politics’
I’m inclined to sympathize with Carolyn Parrish’s actions, as described in San Grewal’s Toronto Star article. Fair criticism is one thing, but if you’re making allegations of malfeasance you should prove them, and take responsibility for them.
Mississauga Councillor Carolyn Parrish is standing up for her profession, after sending a letter to a resident calling him a “cranky constituent” for suggesting she took a “bribe.”
“As politicians all we have is our reputations,” Parrish told the Star. “The best way to get me riled up is by claiming I’ve ever taken a bribe. In my 32 years I’ve never taken a nickel. We are not steel-coated people. We do have emotions. You should treat me with a similar courtesy that you should use with your doctor, your teacher and others who work to make ours a better society.”
In her July 8 letter to resident Frank McGurk, Parrish wrote: “You are a cranky constituent — insulting to say the least. The Cliff Gyles reference was obnoxious. I suspect from your tone, others may find your opinions equally rude so I’m not concerned greatly regarding your opinions of me.”
The Malton resident had earlier sent Parrish a letter regarding the planned demolition of a local shopping plaza to make way for a mixed-use residential development that would include affordable housing units, which has been a priority for Parrish.
“I’m very disappointed as I read the minutes of the meeting regarding Netherwood plaza,” McGurk had written to Parrish two days earlier. “The plaza is a mainstay in this community where I have lived for 40 years plus. I smell another Cliff Gilles (sic) move here. We do not need 30 more detached homes with front yards the size of postage stamps.”
The National Post reports on the identification of Ford’s intended victim.
Well, Ford lost his window.
We finally know who Rob Ford was referring to when he said he needed just “10 f***ing minutes to make sure he’s dead.”
The late Toronto mayor was looking to get in the ring with none other than Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, according to a report in the Toronto Sun.
During Ford’s four tumultuous years as Toronto mayor, shocking cellphone camera videos of the mayor became almost commonplace.
The video shows a slurring Ford ranting and raving that he wants to “murder” someone and “rip his f***ing throat out.”
But it wasn’t intended to be taken seriously, one witness to that night in June 2012 told the Sun’s Joe Warmington. Instead, it was Ford, who was a big pro-wrestling fan, joking around WWF-style that he wanted to fight Trudeau.
The National Post hosts Ashley Csanady’s article “Toronto’s rough Moss Park neighbourhood becoming the city’s next gentrification battleground”, looking at how this up-and-coming neighbourhood in downtown Toronto is responding to gentrification pressures.
Joan Harvey has lived in Toronto’s Moss Park towers for 35 years, and watched as her neighbourhood was slowly infected by drugs, violence and an increasingly bad reputation.
As the head of her building’s tenants association, she spends every Saturday night staked out in a lobby or ground floor community room keeping the “riff-raff,” as she puts, it out of the building.
The three massive towers lie just a 20 minute walk or so from the Eaton Centre, and even closer to Regent Park, an area to the east that has been spectacularly — and controversially — revitalized in recent years.
Now Harvey’s neighbourhood is the next gentrification battleground as a proposal to rebuild the nearby John Innes Community Centre winds its way toward city council. On Wednesday night, another community meeting will debate the plan to revive one of the city’s most dilapidated corners, even as a gourmet sandwich shop is set to open and a farmer’s market has already moved in.
Backed by the 519 — an LGBTQ community organization based on Church Street — and a private donor, the plan is to rebuild the crumbling, yellow community centre and its surrounding park with a combination of fundraising and government cash. Right now, the corner of Queen Street East and Sherbourne is notorious for its drug use, sex workers and the nearby shelters keep the sidewalks crowded and the social services overloaded.