Morning Brew: Mayor Miller G20 apology, chain of command confusion, sausage tampering arrest, power-grid problems, Pan Am projects and unrest over eco-fees
Despite praising the work of Bill Blair and the Toronto Police force in the days following the G20, comments made at a recent appearance at the opening of the new Arts Hub at York Woods Public Library reveal a more apologetic David Miller (see video below). Addressing the crowd, he had this to say: "There were some people here who got caught up in the events of the weekend and were detained...and I want to say to you on behalf of the City of Toronto how regretful I am that that happened.... All of it's really unfortunate."
Do these in-the-moment remarks tell the real story of Miller's feelings about the G20 weekend? Why not extend this apology to all of those wrongfully detained rather than just a few? And, perhaps most importantly, how can he reconcile these comments with his earlier show of support for the police? Complicating matters further is the news that problems with the chain of command during the security effort make it difficult to know who's worthy of blame (or praise, as Miller had it before).
Remember the sausage tampering that was going on at west end grocery stores? Well, an elderly woman has been arrested for her alleged connection to those incidents, and at a grocery store no less. Who the hell plants sewing needles into KieĹbasa?
In response to the power outage earlier this week and the brown-outs that have lingered in its wake, the Globe takes a look at the sections of Toronto's power grid that need the most work. The scary thing? The breakdown of problems areas covers almost the entire city.
Partially because they're still five years away and partially because they seem a shitty consolation prize to the Olympics, it's pretty easy to forget that the Pan Am games are coming to town. But, those keeping track of development around the city are starting to notice some pronounced progress on a number of projects. Here's a forecast of what to expect courtesy of the Post.
And the expanded eco-fees levied on 22 environmentally sensitive substances/materials (as of July 1) may very well be illegal. At a minimum, there's been some serious manipulation and subterfuge on the part of Stewardship Ontario.
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