Of stopping the gravy train, tunnelling for subways, and getting known internationally – all in Brampton!

By T.O. GADFLY Even as all GTA eyes are glued to the Toronto mayoralty circus, the chief said: “There’s that mayoralty debate happening tonight in Brampton. Go cover it!” “Aawww chief, except for the Star who’s interested in what happens in Brampton,” I complained. Our chief doesn’t like ‘No’ for an answer. Jaws clenched, eyes like slits, puffing furiously on his pipe, he gritted...

Building Canada up – mere talk?

By T.O. GADFLY That there is an infrastructure deficit — a yawning gap that won’t be bridged easily — no right-thinking person denies. Course, some politicians might say there’s no infrastructure deficit — but we’re talking of right-thinking people here. Some thoughts: As Premier Kathleen Wynne points out, public infrastructure in Canada has been neglected by all levels of government for...

Monsoon and our Toronto rains

By T.O. GADFLY “Oh it’s raining again,” said the wife. “What a bore.” True it rains here, in Toronto — and it rains in various styles. The Rain God has its moods. Sometimes a drop here and a drop there, and sometimes a fine-misted drizzle — so fine that you hardly ever get wet, and you even wonder if it’s raining. Sometimes a passing shower, and sometimes a swift and sharp downpour....

Need a job? Apply within for a visa

By T.O. GADFLY “So the Harper government is going to offer immigration applicants visas only if their corporate backers simultaneously offer them jobs,” the Chief said. “See what the reaction’s like out there on the street.” So I took the subway and went to Eaton Centre and asked a shopper there, “What do you think?” “Well, I’ll be all for it if I could get better service at this...

Press freedom in a democracy

By T.O. GADFLY The chief said: “Rob Ford’s back. Go cover his presser.” So I took the subway and went up to City Hall and went up to Hizoner’s Chambers… and found my fellow brethren milling about outside. “So what’s happened?” I asked. “Why are we all waiting here?” My friend from the Big Paper, the one I provide tips to about what’s really happening in our communities, gave...

Of a Wynne who won, a Harper who’s losing it, and big gas pains

By T.O. Gadfly And for this Thursday, a few thoughts, some random observations, and added sundry musings (all my own work). Like now that Kathleen Wynne has won, and that too with a majority, for her the pressure is on. Like now that Tim Hudak has lost (he’s won but he’s lost, if you get what I mean), for him the pressure is off. And like now that Andrea Horwath has… um, dunno, tough to say...

Temporary Foreign Worker Program fixed, you say? Yes, it’s certainly ‘fixed’!

By T.O. Gadfly The sad, sad joke in Canada has hitherto been: “Need a doctor? See a cabbie!” To that we could soon be added: “Computer giving you trouble? Check with your barista!” Even as the public’s eye is riveted on the shiny new ball — the dialing down of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) — Employment Minister Jason Kenney has deftly feinted and passed another ball to employers...

Voting stragetically, in these Ontario elections

By T.O. Gadfly   The chief said, “Go find out how the Ontario election campaign is going. Find out who the people are going to vote for.” So I went to Food Basics plaza and asked the first man I saw coming out, “Sir, who do you plan to vote for?” The man said, “I’m actually a diehard NDPer, so I’m going to vote for the Liberals to ensure the PC party doesn’t get in.” “Makes...

Why Ontario elections just the way the lady treated me at the pool

By T.O. GADFLY Last week I was just minding my own business at the swimming pool, doing regular laps and thinking nothing special, when a commotion at one end broke through my reverie. A woman, a fellow swimmer, was yelling at the lifeguard. Then, more alarmingly, she turned and seemed to be pointing at me, turning her fire in my direction. Whoa, what gives, I thought. All I was doing was focusing...