Torontoist news

One of the things I love about the Torontoist blog, is its recap of the day’s (or week’s) news. It gives links to some of the headlines with often very funny, matter-of-fact sarcastic commentary. This is today’s news:

Don’t panic, but food prices are rising. Turns out that oil becoming an inelastic commodity, collapsing fish stocks, climate change affecting crop growth, and increased demand for food in China and India as they grow richer makes food more expensive! Who could have foreseen this happening? Oh, right, lots of people.

Speaking of oil becoming an inelastic commodity, gas prices are going to skyrocket this summer and continue climbing for the foreseeable future. When asked how this could happen, economist Jeff Rubin pointed to a big sign saying OIL IS A FINITE RESOURCE, YOU JACKASSES, then sat down and cried.

Luckily, high gas prices won’t affect us, because Toronto lags significantly behind other Canadian cities in terms of bike lanes and spending upon them. No, wait, that’s bad.

Memo to self: if my house ever catches fire, just let the motherfucker burn, because the City of Toronto is charging Duke’s Cycle sixty-four grand for cleanup after the Queen Street fire. Apparently “taxes” no longer pay for firemen and stuff.

And in non-apocalyptic news, the Raptors beat the crap out of the Magic last night.

I particularly liked this one from yesterday:

Premier Dalton McGuinty says that bullet trains are the future of transportation. Except in other countries, where they’re the present.

On other news, Toronto was considered not so bike-friendly.

Author: guerson

Born and raised in Brazil, a Canadian stole my heart and took me to Canada in 1999. After seven years between Montreal and Toronto, we then moved to Barcelona, Spain, where I did research for my PhD thesis. This blog began as a chronicle of our adventures while living in Barcelona and exploring the old world and has acquired a life of its own after we moved back to Canada.

2 thoughts on “Torontoist news”

  1. I love how just about every city there is has this speech that people should walk and bike more, use public transit… and that’s about it, in most of the cases no real effort to incentive people to change their habits is made. One place here in Canada that sort of impressed me was Ottawa, I actually saw a lot of people going to work by bike and even a couple of guys skating to work (wearing a suit one of them).

    I just wonder if it is really all that hard to make public transit more reliable and to invest in bike paths… Here in Sudbury the mayor seems to think that it’s enough to have a tax refund for those who buy the monthly bus passes, surely that’ll do the trick.

  2. Silvia,

    Despite all the complaints from cyclists and lack of support from City Hall, I’m always impressed by the amount of people who cycle to work here in Toronto. Being on a grid, the city is fairly easy to navigate on a bike, particularly if you travel mainly on a east-west direction. There’s a business woman who lives across the street from me, who gets on her bike every day, all dressed up for work… I even have professors who cycle to school every day.

    But I think you are right. There was a big fiasco a couple of years ago when the city of Toronto decided to mark Car-free day. They announced that on that day people should try to leave their cars at home. The media goes to city hall and find that none of the city councilors left their car at home. When asked why they didn’t marl car-free day and take public transit, most replied that it wasn’t convenient. And these are the same people trying to convince people they should take public transit…

    They should simply go to Europe and import some of the ideas from there. Now there’s a place that know how to invest in alternative means of transportation as well as public transit.

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