"When it comes to our 23 biggest agencies, boards and commissions, that they follow the same rules we in government follow," he said. "Their expenses must be approved separately and independently by the integrity commissioner." Source: thestar.com
Yes, that sounds all well and good, but considering the way the media (and rightly so) has been following the e-health fiasco, McSquinty must be shitting in his pretty tailored suit. So now he has swept the deck at the OLG, but lets get real. The OLG has obviously been mismanged for quite sometime, and furthermore the premier has been in power for six years... and just now he's realizing that his cronies are mis-spending public funds! What a shocker! This jerk needs to find a new job. I certainly won't be voting for him in the future and I hope you don't either.
Way back at the beginning of summer on May 11, 2009 I posted a piece about the Church street beer store and its lack of a bike rack. I was at The Beer Store the other day and noticed that the bike rack is still not there although it does have 17 parking spots for cars.
Former Ontario attorney general Michael Bryant has been charged with criminal negligence causing death after a 33-year-old cyclist was struck and killed last night.
He was also charged with dangerous operation of a vehicle causing death.
Friends identified the victim as bicycle courier Darcy Allan Sheppard, father of three.
Bryant is scheduled to appear in Old City Hall court on Oct. 19.
Sheppard, who was called Al by friends, was likely heading to his new home in the Dupont and Dufferin Sts. area at the time of the incident, friends said. They said Sheppard had just got back together with his on-again-off-again girlfriend, Misty, and had said he wanted to marry her.
"Things were starting to go well for him right around now. Stuff was looking good for him," said 24-year-old Sana, who did not want to give her last name.
Witnesses on Bloor St. last night described a heated confrontation between the driver of a black Saab convertible and a cyclist that began near Bloor and Bay Sts. at about 9:45 p.m.
Police Sgt. Tim Burrows said that after a minor collision, the cyclist grabbed hold of the car, which drove west on Bloor toward Avenue Rd.
Witnesses said the cyclist clung to the driver's side of the car, which had its top down, while the driver yelled at him to get off.
The vehicle veered into the eastbound lanes and mounted the curb, brushing against trees and poles. The victim was apparently run over by the rear wheels of the vehicle, witnesses said.
The driver's wife was a passenger in the car, police said.
Lots of people were watching and they couldn't believe what was happening," said Ryan Brazeau, a worker with a crew laying sewer pipes on Bloor.
One construction worker told CTV News he heard the squeal of tires and saw the car racing the wrong way down the street past their construction site, with the cyclist hanging onto the car.
"The guy hanging onto the car, hit the mailbox, hit the road, (then) . . . the car ran over him with the back tires," the witness said. "The guy bounced and the car sped off . . . the person was there just bleeding."
The witness said he felt sick to his stomach when he saw the cyclist "bleeding from his head, his mouth."
Sheppard was taken to St. Michael's Hospital with serious head injuries and died around midnight.
Burrows said a large portion of the incident was captured on surveillance video and that investigators are working to fill in the gaps.
Police said alcohol was not involved.
Around 9 a.m. today two of Sheppard's friends sat on the sidewalk scrawling notes for their friend, which they taped to a tree.
Read the full story at thestar.com
Now that a former, high level Ontario government official has (allegedly) managed to kill a cyclist, perhaps we will finally get bike lanes on Bloor St. Then again in David Millers toronto, I'd expect that we will have to kill off a few more cyclists in 'accidents' such as this one. Maybe then we will see some change. This whole thing reeks of a case of road rage on at least Michael Bryant's part, and maybe on the part of the unfortunate cyclist too, but that doesn't justify dragging a man down the street until you (allegedly) kill him.
Councillor Kyle Rae left town in mid-July and is not expected to return until the end of August, a six-week holiday that is permissible under city rules but raises the eyebrows of council colleagues.
"I can only say that in my ward, if I were to take six weeks off, I might as well take the election off," said Councillor Adam Vaughan (Trinity Spadina). "Even two weeks is hard to take off."
Mr. Rae, chairman of the economic development committee and councillor for Toronto Centre Rosedale, is vacationing in Spain, and did not return for either a council vote to end the 39-day strike nor a regular meeting to deal with outstanding business. His office confirmed yesterday his trip does not involve city business, and said all "media calls" are being deferred until Mr. Rae returns to comment himself.
The supreme court in Argentina has ruled that it is unconstitutional to punish people for using marijuana for personal consumption.
The decision follows a case of five young men who were arrested with a few marijuana cigarettes in their pockets.
But the court said use must not harm others and made it clear it did not advocate a complete decriminalisation.
Correspondents say there is a growing momentum in Latin America towards decriminalising drugs for personal use.
The Argentine court ruled that: "Each adult is free to make lifestyle decisions without the intervention of the state."
Supreme Court President Ricardo Lorenzetti said private behaviour was legal, "as long as it doesn't constitute clear danger".
"The state cannot establish morality," he said. Source: BBC News
I think this is a good decision. Although they have not made dope completely legal they have made it so that police and court resources can be freed up so they may be put to better use solving more serious crime.
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About 1.5 million people in China need transplants, but only about 10,000 operations are performed annually, according to the health ministry.
The scarcity of available organs has led to a thriving black market in trafficked organs, and in an effort to stop this the government passed a law in 2007 banning trafficking as well as the donation of organs to unrelated recipients.
But in practice, illegal transplants - some from living donors - are still frequently reported by the media and the Ministry of Health.
Click here for the full story from BBC News.
As I've often stated, I do NOT support the death penalty. NO government has the right to take any person's life, no matter how much we may dislike that person or what crimes they may have committed. There is also the inconsistencies in how the death penalty is applied to various racial groups, such as in the United States where the majority of those on death row are blacks. And finally there is the always present and very real possibility that the condemned person is actually innocent.
The Toronto International Film Festival has always welcomed big-name stars for the 10-day fest, but this year there's a touch of royalty in the mix: the queen of daytime TV, the king of after dark and a former member of Britain's royal family.
Oprah Winfrey, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner and Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York are among the hundreds of fest guests announced yesterday by TIFF as it released its final line-up. Source: Thestar.com
Oprah is just one of the big names scheduled to be at the Toronto International Film Festival this year. Other stars scheduled to appear are:
· Clive Owen
· Colin Farrell
· Colin Firth
· Danny DeVito
· David Duchovny
· Demi Moore
· Drew Barrymore
· Edward Norton
· Ellen Page
· Ewan McGregor
· George Clooney
· Hugh Hefner
· Isabella Rossellini
· Jack White
· Jeff Bridges
· Jennifer Connelly
· Jennifer Garner
· Jimmy Smits
· Julianne Moore
· Keanu Reeves
· Kevin Spacey
· Kristin Scott Thomas
· Kyle MacLachlan
· Lisa Kudrow
· Marica Gay Harden
· Mariah Carey
· Matt Damon
· Sir Michael Caine
· Michael Cera
· Michael Douglas
· Miranda Richardson
· Natalie Portman
· Neil Diamond
· Nicolas Cage
· Oprah Winfrey
· Peter Sarsgaard
· Ricky Gervais
· Sir Ridley Scott
· Rob Lowe
· Robert Duvall
· Robin Wright Penn
· S. Epatha Merkerson
· Sarah Ferguson
· Sarah Polley
· Sissy Spacek
· Snoop Dogg
· Steven Soderbergh
· Tilda Swinton
· Tom Ford
· Tyler Perry
· Willem Dafoe
· Woody Harrelson
When Miriam Steinberg opened the express mail envelope yesterday, it contained a surprise: her spanking-new passport, a day earlier than expected, and a typo.
OTTTAWA. Her place of birth had been misspelled with an extra T.
Steinberg, who was hoping to travel south of the border this weekend, called an accompanying 1-800 number and explained her predicament.
"I was told as long as my name hadn't been misspelled, I was fine and that (passport) was valid."
She also says she was told she would have no problem travelling.
Steinberg was shocked.
She has been following the story of Suaad Hagi Mohamud, the Toronto mother who was marooned in Kenya for three months after officials said her lips didn't match those in her passport photo, and couldn't believe what she had just heard.
"In this age of rampant forgery, who would not flag this passport?" said Steinberg, a retired provincial civil servant in her 40s. "If I was a border agent, I definitely would (flag it). And I would not want to be stuck someplace like that poor woman was in Nairobi."
She said she will not travel on this passport.
Get the full story at thestar.com
I find it offensive and quite irresponsible that the passport office would tell this woman to go ahead and use this passport. Considering what just happened to the poor woman who our government left languishing in a Kenyan prison, all while she also had a valid passport.
I think it is time for our useless federal government to start addressing some of these issues.
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.