2016-07-17 Sun

Observations on Brexit, Prime Minister May, and the Toronto Transit Commission Subway Extension

I was listening to a podcast the other night and Britain’s new Prime Minister May uttered words to the effect that “Brexit it is”, a short, sharp, well-spoken statement that the folks has voted Brexit (just!) and that she promises to take the UK out of Europe (whatever that means. Need a bloody big tug-boat, you ask me).

I ponder the number of times I have heard politicians promise “lower taxes” or “no taxes” or “no deficit” or similar and then, a few months after being elected, drag out the rotten fruit of “Well, at the time I made that statement I was not aware that the previous incumbents had ...”.

Of course a first-year paralegal would advise us to say “lower taxes, providing that the situation remains as ...”; that is, promise whatever you want, but make it conditional. Did I say “lawyers”? I meant to write “Weasels”.

Which brought my mind to the one-stop $Billion 3.2+ vote-buying machine that is John Tory. An article in Saturday’s Toronto Star pointed out that although we all (except John Tory) agree that the 3.2B is a colossal waste of money, we still have all these other cross-town LRT projects on the go, so be happy we have all these other cross-town LRT projects on the go, and don’t worry too much about the $B3.2 waste bin.

I suppose that Tory can dangle a $B3.2 single subway station as bait in front of Toronto’s Gullible Councilors to get the Scarborough vote-buyers on board with all those other cross-town LRT projects, and then he could be like May and pull out of the hat “Well, at the time I didn’t realise that ... (it was only one stop/it might cost more than $B6/ ...)

Construction Sites - Yonge and St Mary streets

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Our sixth construction site, marked with a purple blob, is on the south-west corner of Yonge and St. Mary Streets.

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This is the Church of Scientology building, and while it does not sport a Tower Crane, in the manner of all construction sites in Toronto, it divides the sidewalk with scaffolding.

While a few people risk their lives by walking on the outside of the scaffolding, getting their sleeves brushed by the rush of wind from passing vehicles, most of us try to squeeze by each other within the confines of the scaffolding.