The slogan caught Newmarket resident Kathryn Morton by surprise.
"That's pretty insulting to such a large group of people," she said. "We hear stuff about Toronto people all the time but we couldn't believe anyone would put it on a billboard."
Morton, who grew up in Kamloops, where she said it was common for people to make fun of Toronto, saw the ad on a camping trip a couple of weeks ago. Her 16-year-old son Stuart spotted it first.
"He realized the political incorrectness of it. What bothered us was we saw the Olympic logo on the billboard. This isn't a great way to bring in people to the province."
But marketing expert Paul Cubbon said it's likely the people behind the billboards wanted to generate talk.
The DJ initially put on Arabic tunes for the hundreds of guests attending the event in Aroer village in Israel's Negev desert region.
At one point, he decided to stir things up and put on a song by the British electronic music duo Pet Shop Boys, causing some women to "dance exuberantly to the foreign music," angering some of the men present, the daily said.
"The fact that women were dancing at the wedding goes against tradition and is a dishonour to their husbands," it quoted one guest as saying.
Several angry young men gave the DJ a "severe beating" after he refused to go back to playing Arabic music. Police later arrested two men in connection with the incident.
This is just one more example of how religion does more harm than good. I'm surprised they didn't beat the DJ because he was playing 'gay' music!
In our most recent poll related to the Toronto city workers strike we asked, "Do you think Mayor David Miller managed the strike and subsequent deal well?"
Singer George Michael has said he was "stone cold sober" when he was arrested after a car crash.
The 46-year-old singer was held by police after his silver Land Rover hit an articulated lorry in Berkshire in the early hours of Friday.
He was questioned on suspicion of driving under the influence of drink or drugs, but released without charge a few hours later.
In a statement, Michael said he did not want his family and friends to "worry".
Michael, who was back behind the wheel after completing a two-year driving ban, said: "Neither of us was charged because we were both stone cold sober.
"We both think the other is to blame so this is just an insurance fight.
"I don't want my fans or my family worried by what they are reading all over again."
Police were called to the crash on the A34, two miles north of the M4, at about 0100 BST.
In June 2007 the singer was banned for two years after pleading guilty to driving while unfit through drugs.
He was accused of colliding with three parked cars and driving off without notifying the owners.
He was also twice cautioned for possessing cannabis after being found asleep at the wheel of his car on two separate occasions in 2006.
This story is from BBC News.
I saw this on Yahoo! news today and my first thought is how stupid it is to consider the destruction of not just a church, but an entire town a 'miracle'. A surprising find perhaps, but a miracle is a bit much. Ah Christians, so entertaining.
The statement from Kaing Guek Eav, who headed the notorious S-21 prison in Phnom Penh, came as a widow wept before the court, demanding justice for the death of her husband and four children during the communist regime's reign of terror.
"I accept the regret, the sorrow and the suffering of the million Cambodian people who lost their husbands and wives," the defendant told the tribunal. "I would like the Cambodian people to condemn me to the harshest punishment."
I am happy to report that as Cambodia has no death penalty this guy will have to spend the rest of his life thinking about what he has done. I think executing him would be an easy way out for him, at least his surviving victims will know that he is locked up and hopefully can get some satisfaction from that.
For 36 years, Jim Smith has reported to the old Lever Brothers soap factory at the foot of the Don Valley Parkway. For 14 months, a padlocked gate has kept him and more than 100 other striking workers outside.
Today, Smith and the other workers will dismantle the picket line – actually a shantytown of wood panels and tarps – and he'll walk away from the now-bankrupt plant for good.
To where, he doesn't know.
"A lot of us have been trying to go out and get jobs, but we don't have much skills," the 59-year-old said of his fellow workers, many of whom have been working at the plant for more than 30 years with little more than a high school diploma. "We just know that factory. That's it."
The drawn-out strike is to end today. The plant's owner, Korex Don Valley, has filed for bankruptcy, leaving the 110 remaining workers – members of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada local 132-0 – searching for work. Full story at thestar.com
This story just reaffirms what I have always said. A union will see a business go under, rather than settle. I'm sure they are all quite happy to have gained absolutely nothing and have lost everything. Idiots! You can't imagine how much sympathy I have for the moron who has to live off his poker winnings now!
Tim Hortons responds to inquiries about Rhode Island event sponsorship
Recently, Tim Hortons was approached in Rhode Island to provide free coffee and products for a local event, as we do thousands of times a year across Canada and the United States.
For 45 years, Tim Hortons and its store owners have practiced a philosophy of giving back to the communities in which we operate. As a company, our primary focus is on helping children and supporting fundraising events for non-profit organizations and registered charities.
For this reason, Tim Hortons has not sponsored those representing religious groups, political affiliates or lobby groups.
It has come to our attention that the Rhode Island event organizer and purpose of the event fall outside of our sponsorship guidelines. As such, Tim Hortons can not provide support at the event.
Tim Hortons and its store owners have always welcomed all families and communities to its restaurants and will continue to do so. We apologize for any misunderstanding or inconvenience this may have caused.
The pedestrian-cyclist collision that claimed a woman's life on Thursday is a "stark reminder" that bicycles should not be used on sidewalks, police say.
At about 3:30 p.m., the 56-year-old woman was walking south on the west sidewalk of Kennedy Rd. near Sheppard Ave. E. while a 15-year-old boy was cycling north on the same sidewalk, police said. The cyclist may have made a move to avoid the pedestrian, while the pedestrian made a move to avoid the cyclist. The two collided head on. Full Story at thestar.com
I will be very surprised if this death doesn't move our generally useless city council to action. I'm not sure but I would bet lots of cold hard cash that there are no bicycle lanes on Kennedy Road. Are you listening David Unionass Miller?
Police say that a 15-year-old boy could face charges after striking a pedestrian this afternoon in Scarborough, sending the woman to hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Emergency crews were called to the crash at Kennedy Rd. near Sheppard Ave. E. at about 3:30 p.m., Toronto police Sgt. Tim Burrows said.
A 50-year-old woman was walking south on the west sidewalk of Kennedy Rd. while the teen was cycling north on the same sidewalk. The two collided head on.
The woman was rushed to hospital with head injuries, while the boy was not injured.
"Adult-sized bicycles are not to be on sidewalks," Burrows said, adding that it's too early in the investigation to determine whether charges will be laid.
The above is from thestar.com
I can easily see this incident becoming a cited example when tougher new laws and regulations on cycling come into effect. Which will also lead to licensing, etc. But what we really need is better and more bike lanes so everyone will be able to get around the city safely.
The workers – who return to work today after a five-week strike – say this occurs at those transfer stations where all types of garbage are first brought after collection from homes.
A former manager in a transfer station confirmed he had seen this happen and that some managers allow the practice to get rid of the enormous amount of green bin waste produced by Torontonians.
"It is wrong," says the man, who, like the other workers, asked that his
name not be used for fear of losing his job. "The public is separating their food and doing all this work and here we are, tossing it all in the garbage anyway."
Get the full story from thestar.com
It's a sad day in Millers Toronto when these, greedy garbage workers aren't even doing their overpaid jobs properly. Way to go Miller. Enjoy your last year in office.
Hundreds of Israelis have joined a rally organised by the gay community after shootings at a gay youth centre.
Two people died and at least 11 were hurt when the gunman opened fire at the Tel Aviv Gay and Lesbian Association before fleeing.
The city's Mayor, Ron Huldai, said the motive was unclear and police declined to comment except to say a Palestinian link was not suspected. Full Story from BBC News.
A new strain of the virus that causes AIDS has been discovered in a woman from the African nation of Cameroon.
It differs from the three known strains of human immunodeficiency virus and appears to be closely related to a form of simian virus recently discovered in wild gorillas, researchers report in Monday's edition of the journal Nature Medicine.
The finding "highlights the continuing need to watch closely for the emergence for new HIV variants, particularly in western central Africa," said the researchers, led by Jean-Christophe Plantier of the University of Rouen, France.
The three previously known HIV strains are related to the simian virus that occurs in chimpanzees.
The most likely explanation for the new find is gorilla-to-human transmission, Plantier's team said. But they added they cannot rule out the possibility that the new strain started in chimpanzees and moved into gorillas and then humans, or moved directly from chimpanzees to both gorillas and humans.
Toronto's city councillors have voted to accept a deal reached with two civic unions following a strike that lasted nearly six weeks.
The vote happened shortly before 7 p.m. on Friday night. Councillors voted 21-17 in favour of the deal between the City of Toronto and Locals 416 and 79.
The councillors began debating the matter at 9:30 a.m. on Friday morning, when Mayor David Miller urged his fellow City Hall members to vote in favour of the settlement. Full Story from CTV News.
"the Mayor has indicated that the proposed settlements fall within the bargaining parameters established by the City's Labour Relations Committee.".
I am NOT impressed by Mr. Miller's total lack of concern for the
citizens of Toronto. Letting the union workers bank sick days is just
another step towards bankrupting this city. I will not be voting for
him, or you in the next election should you decide to approve this rip
off of a deal. Fire these lazy bastards and give the jobs to people
who really want to work and save us all some money. This council is a
By the way, it has come to my attention that you don't feel the need
to reply to your constituents emails. You may want to rethink that
Mark Daye, Toronto
Since this post, I noticed a friend wrote to Kyle today too. He got the same reply. Word for word. So, Kyle (or a staffer) is obviously just pounding out the canned reply to anyone who mentions the strike.Hello Mark,Thank you for your email.I have yet to see the details of the tentative agreements. However, the Mayor has indicated that the proposed settlements fall within the bargaining parameters established by the City's Labour Relations Committee. These parameters reflect the City's ability to pay during what are certainly challenging economic times.Again, thank you for writing. I appreciate your candid feedback.Kyle
The number of prisoners put to death worldwide decreased in 2008, a human rights group said Wednesday, adding that China retained its position as the world's top executioner.
Executions in the United States were down from last year, while Iran and Saudi Arabia appeared near the top of the list of the world's top executioners, the anti-death penalty group Hands Off Cain said in a report about 2008 and the first six months of this year.
The group said that at least 5,727 executions were carried out in 2008, down from 5,851 the year before. It said that 46 countries retained the death penalty last year, three fewer than in 2007, with Burundi and Uzbekistan abolishing capital punishment, and Sierra Leone establishing itself as a de facto abolitionist by not having carried out any executions for more than 10 years.
The report said China accounted for at least 5,000 executions – or 87.3 per cent of the total – the same estimate as last year. Full Story
On the bright side, China claims that they will reduce the number in the years to come. I call that a bunch of crap. No state has the right to take ANY human life, period!
Unionized city employees will continue to bank pay for unused sick days under a contract offer being voted on today.
However, a last-minute glitch in talks with one of the two striking CUPE locals means that only the inside workers began voting this morning on whether to ratify the deal.
CUPE Local 416, which represents outside workers including trash collectors, indefinitely postponed a vote set to begin at 7 a.m. today because negotiators hadn't signed a memorandum of agreement to end the strike, or negotiated a back-to-work protocol following the tentative agreement reached early Monday morning. Full Story
In other words we just went through a stinky month with no pools or daycare for NOTHING! Way to go Miller. I won't be forgetting this at election time and I will be reminding those who do forget.
Negotiators for the city and its two striking unions have reached an agreement after more than a month of a civic workers strike.
Mark Ferguson, president of Local 416 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, made the announcement at about 8:30 a.m. but did not provide further details. Get the full story at thestar.com
Coronation Street will "make history" as the first fictional location to feature on Google Street View.
A Google car, complete with the roof-mounted camera, has driven down the famous cobbles of Coronation Street to capture the real-life set in 360-degrees.
When live, fans of the soap will be able to explore the street virtually on Google Street View and take in the landmarks such as the Rovers Return and The Kabin paper shop.
A Google spokesperson added: "This is the first ever TV soap to be photographed for Street View and we're thrilled that soon fans up and down the country will be able to imagine themselves heading down the street to enjoy a pint in The Rovers".
The bodies of the three teenaged sisters and the 50-year-old woman were found in the car in the Rideau Canal on June 30.
Kingston police Chief Stephen Tanner told a news conference this afternoon he was saddened at the "needless and senseless loss of innocent human lives," in what he described as a case of domestic violence. Full Story at 680 News
Industry Minister Tony Clement says his government had to consider "regional fairness" when doling out stimulus money to big tourism events – and that's why a gay arts festival in Montreal didn't make the cut.
The organizers of Montreal's Divers-Cite festival, which features gay and lesbian performers from around the world, said they were shocked to find out this week that their application for funding under the new program had been rejected.
They had been told by bureaucrats they had met all the rigorous criteria for their $155,000 bid – a fact not disputed by the government.
Director Suzanne Girard had initially scoffed at suggestions that ideology might be at play in handing out grants, but now says she suspects politics were involved.
After some Conservative caucus members complained last month that Toronto's Pride Week had received $400,000, junior tourism minister Diane Ablonczy lost responsibility for the file. Read the full story at The Star.com
This posting is a follow up to the recent post regarding the demotion of Diane Ablonczy after she gave 400K to Pride Toronto.
Mayor David Miller says an arbitrated settlement in the 31-day-old civic strike would cause huge budget problems for the city in the months ahead and could possibly lead to layoffs.
"Every time there's been an arbitrated settlement, the cost of that settlement has been very high," he said at a Wednesday news conference in city hall, pointing to Toronto police officers being awarded three-per-cent hikes.
If Toronto's 24,000 unionized workers were given a 12 per cent wage hike over four years, there would be service cuts and the ability to hire young people would be restricted, he said. Source: CTV News
Miller may say that legislation to force the city workers back would hurt Toronto, but what he really means is it would hurt him. It is pretty obvious to anyone that he's made back room deals with the unions or else this strike would not have happened. Miller can take full credit for ruining the all to short summer of the children and families of Toronto.
The rail line is negotiating with Teamsters Canada Rail Conference which represents about 340 locomotive engineers. The union has given notice it intends to go on strike on Friday at noon EDT.
But Via has already cancelled some long-distance trains to ensure passengers are not be stranded en-route if the union goes on strike. Source: City News
Toronto garbage strike 2009. Day 30
City News reports on strike news. The Moss Park temporary dump shown in the video above is about one block from my office and is just one of many disgusting, rat infested dumps around the city.
- George Smitherman was accosted by a strikers wife in what quickly turned into a bad PR stunt as he swept up garbage.
- City Hall has started issuing building permits again.
- Toronto stinks, but the scent varies depending on the neighborhood, temperature and amount of precipitation.
Amnesty International has strongly criticised Saudi Arabia over abuses allegedly committed under its counter-terrorism programme.
In a new report the human rights group says that since 2001 thousands of Saudis have been detained for years without charge or trial.
The group's 69-page report describes Saudi Arabia's human rights record as "shocking" and "dire".
It says the international community has been far too quiet about the abuse. Full Story at BBC News.
Nine prints by the internationally renowned photographer Yousuf Karsh were donated on Tuesday to the City of Ottawa by his widow, Estrellita Karsh.
Karsh was surprised to learn that the city where her husband had been a longtime resident had none of his work in its collections.
"I had no idea there was nothing in the print or art collection of the city until I was told and we were very happy to remedy that," she said.
Tuesday was declared Yousuf Karsh Day by the city, which presents an award named after Karsh and his brother every year to an Ottawa artist who shows outstanding artistic work in photography.
A wonderful gift for the city of Ottawa!
On Friday I posted about the Tighty Whitey car wash PWA fundraiser which took place this afternoon and it is still on until four p.m. If you have a car bring it down to the lane way between Zelda's and Cafe California on Church St. and get it washed by the guys and gals in their undies.
If anyone has additional information on this company or the competition, please let me know.
Thanks and regards