http://www.theonion.com/articles/security-beefed-up-at-cedar-rapids-public-library,217"Canadaâ€™s domestic terrorism threat quietly elevated for first time in 4 years".
A wise man not named Tory once said that.Shawn Jeffords @Shawn_Jeffords
Tory says this is where Ford thinks that if he repeats something enough times it will be true. #TOpoli
betsy powell @powellbetsy
Chow listing the Scarborough bus routes that have been cut under the Ford administration. They need to be restored now
Thank you, just ordered the book.http://reviewcanada.ca/magazine/2014/10/pretty-mean-city/
Pretty Mean City
A new â€œbiographyâ€ charts the dark side of Torontoâ€™s prosperity.
Toronto: Biography of a City
Allan Levine calls his history of Toronto a biographyâ€”a chronicle of the city as a personalityâ€”and, to underscore his intention, he places a quote from Robertson Davies just behind the title page that reads: â€œI think of Toronto as a big fat rich girl.â€ Well, thatâ€™s RD for you, reminding me of a focus group The Globe and Mail conducted 25 years ago, when I was its deputy managing editor, which inquired into why its readers were overwhelmingly men. We asked a group of women to personify the paper and one responded, â€œI think of The Globe as an older man you marry for his money.â€ In other words, nothing to inspire passion.
So who is Toronto-the-person that Levine distills from 220 years of multicultural occupation since the 17th-century visit of French bad boy Ã‰tienne BrÃ»lÃ© and the Seneca village of Teiaiagon on the Carrying Place trail and the arrival in 1793 of John Graves Simcoe? Hint: You are not going to like himâ€”and Toronto is a â€œhimâ€ regardless of what RD saysâ€”unless you are into the election of eccentric mayors, exploitation of working people, the celebration of unchecked capitalism, pretentiousness, religious bigotry, big dollops of xenophobia, a lot of bad policy decisions on public transit and policing that has not been positively interested in the exercise of democracy and civil rights, because that is pretty much what defines the city through the 435 pages of Levineâ€™s book.