Category Archives: Toronto

Rex Murphy: “One man and his staircase is a threat no city bureaucrat could abide”

Mayor John Tory gave voice to their common dread. In words that should have their own statue: “We just can’t have people decide to go out to Home Depot and build a staircase in a park because that’s what they would like to have.”

Of course they can’t. Letting citizens do useful and obvious things in their own neighbourhoods, at extreme savings because that’s what they would like to do … what a horror. Why, that reeks of initiative, neighbourhood pride, resourcefulness, enterprise, community spirit, and trimming the city’s public works budget!

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City of Toronto to tear down $550 park stairs, says man who built them

The maverick Toronto handyman who erected a $550 set of stairs in a community park says the city is going to tear them down and build a more expensive replacement that meets its construction standards.

Retired mechanic Adi Astl said he took it upon himself to install the steps after several neighbours fell down the steep muddy slope that served as a shortcut to a community garden in Tom Riley Park, in Etobicoke, Ont.

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Black Lives Matter Won’t March At the Gay Pride Parade

Was it something Big Gay said?

Pride Toronto bent over backwards for Black Lives Matter-Toronto (BLM) and instigated a highly-controversial ban on police involvement in the June 25 parade, because apparently, some members of the LGBTQ community find the police presence in the parade “threatening” and “intimidating.”

So said Pride executive director, Olivia Nuamah at City Hall on May 7.

We all knew that the so-called “intimidated” were the same BLM bullies who hijacked last year’s parade and their ragtag group of fringe leftist supporters who have swallowed the “intersectionality…I’m more oppressed than you” Kool-Aid.

However, Nuamah also made it clear that the sight of Toronto police in uniform protecting BLMers and other marchers was not the least bit intimidating and least of all, the idea of having that $500,000-plus protection being provided free of charge to Pride.

The decision, naturally, has divided Toronto’s LGBTQ community and that — coupled with the lack of public support of the police by Mayor John Tory — many councillors and absolute silence by our lesbian Premier has led many to opt to boycott this year’s parade.

Instead, several Toronto police officers have opted to take up New York City up on their offer to march in their parade on June 25.

After a day-long debate at council a week ago, 27 councillors and Mayor John Tory caved completely and rejected the notion of withholding this year’s $260,000 grant to Pride until officials agreed to allow at least a few police march in uniform.

And what has BLM done? Slapping everyone who kowtowed to them in the face — they’ve opted not to march this year.

I repeat, the group at the centre of this inane maelstrom, will not be marching in the parade on June 25.

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Jordan Peterson, hero of the anti-PC crowd, just keeps winning

It wasn’t long ago that University of Toronto psychology professor Jordan Peterson’s future seemed somewhat in doubt. He rose to prominence — many would say notoriety — last autumn with his public refusal to use transgender and non-binary students’ pronouns of choice: “xe,” “zir” and “they,” for example. It was part of a multi-pronged YouTube campaign against political correctness and “compelled speech,” and against federal legislation that would make gender expression and gender identity prohibited grounds for discrimination.

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Toronto police invited to march in New York City Pride parade

Mike McCormack, the Toronto Police Association president, lauded the invitation to the New York Pride parade, which is on the same day as Toronto’s, June 25.

“I think, isn’t it a mature way to look at things when you’re talking about an inclusive parade, when you’re talking about an inclusive event,” said McCormack. “I think it’s sad Toronto couldn’t be that progressive and that inclusive.”

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Rental ads only for “racialized” people

On March 15, 2017, Now Toronto posted an article entitled “Rental housing squeeze leaving racialized renters out in the cold in the GTA” and authored by Shantal Otchere, who introduces herself as an “Online Producer at NOW Magazine.”

Analyzing the rental housing market in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), Otchere claims that “Toronto’s housing bubble has created a landlord’s market, to the disadvantage in particular of Black renters.”

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