Thursday, October 17 Commentary
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is now going to have an even more difficult time trying to convince us that motorists should pay extra for the multi-billion dollar transit expansion plan of Metrolinx.
The Conference Board of Canada is out with a new study this morning shows that as it is now motorists in Ontario are already paying almost the full cost of the roads they use and here in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area motorists pay substantially more than their fair share...about a billion dollars a year more than is needed for the roads, including policing.
The prospect of the U.S. debt crisis triggering another worldwide recession along with the attendant job losses has fizzled, albeit temporarily.
Just before 12:30 this morning President Barack Obama signed into law a resolution passed by the Senate and House of Representatives in record time which lifts the funding freeze on government departments and restores the borrowing authority of the Treasury so the bills can be paid.
Unfortunately this is temporary. A panel of Republicans and Democrats will now begin negotiations on a way to make it permanent. For now government departments will be funded until January 15th and the debt limit will be raised until February 7th. After that, if there's no deal, we're back into the same quagmire.
The Washington lawmakers should hang their heads in shame because it's those very politicians who now pose the greatest threat to the global economy.
If the 3 aging elephants at the Toronto Zoo are co-operative, the trucks shipping them to northern California should roll out in about an hour. It's a long, potentially dangerous trek.
If there were any doubt, there should be no longer. Mayor Rob Ford is desperate to cling to power. All the evidence you need occurred yesterday during his inappropriate and as yet uncalled for outburst over a photo taken by councillor Giorgio Mammoliti's staffer...a photo which appears to show a Parks and Rec worker asleep on the job. The Mayor's instant response.
He's told the head of the department that he wants this individual and that person's manager or manager's fired.
This is yet another example of a mayor who goes off half-cocked before he knows what's going on.
There might just be a reason this person was asleep...maybe there's a medical problem like the TTC fare collector caught sleeping who had a heart problem. Maybe the staffer has sleep apnea...or maybe he had a sick, dying child and stayed up all night. The point is...the Mayor should have kept his mouth shut until he found out what precisely was going on.
I have had about enough of councillor Doug Ford and his attacks on anyone who doesn't agree with the Ford view of life. More often than not he bases his attack on erroneous information which makes me wonder whether he misleads deliberately or he just doesn't do his homework.
Case in point: Wednesday's Ontario Press Council rulings which basically said the Toronto Star and Globe and Mail followed ethical journalistic practices in their respective stories about the Rob Ford video and the 10 unnamed sources who saw or bought hash from Doug Ford when he was in high school.
The councillor reacted by calling the Press Council a bunch of old cronies of the Star and Globe. I'm here to tell you Ford is wrong again.
The Ontario Press Council is not a bunch of old cronies. Yes there are journalists on the council but they make up the minority. Most of the council members are not from the media business. They represent the public and spent years in public service mostly in the upper echelons.
A 3-person panel looked into the complaints about these two stories. The chair was George Thomson. The other two were Joanne DeLaurentis and Drew Gragg.
George Thomson was a distinguished Ontario Provincial Court judge, a Deputy Minister of Justice in Ottawa, a Deputy Attorney General of Canada, a Deputy Attorney General of Ontario, a Deputy minister of Labour, Deputy minister of Citizenship.
Drew Gragg is a journalist, deputy editor of the Ottawa Citizen which is owned by PostMedia ie: The National Post, direct competitors of the Star and Globe.
Joanne De Laurentis: lets look at her 'old crony' newspaper ties....President and CEO of the Investment Funds Institute of Canada, first person named President of Interac, vice president of the Canadian Bankers Association.
If there is a complaint against a newspaper for which a member of the Press Council is employed, he or she is required to immediately declare a conflict of interest and have no role in deliberations.
All of this to demonstrate that Doug Ford has again been caught speaking out of the wrong end. Just think, he's supposed to be the brains of the operation.