Welcome to December! Adam and I are both in town for the first time in a couple of weeks, which means that we will finally get to our annual run up Dunton tower. As you may remember, for every $50 we raised during funding drive, Adam committed to running up one story of Dunton. Additionally, for every $200 we raised, I we committed to him carrying an extra pound of weight.
Well, we raised over $1000, which means Adam will, for the second year in a row, run up the full building with extra dead weight. This will all happen live on radio at 8:10. As always, 93.1fm or www.ckcufm.com to listen in.
We’ll also talk about some of the following:
Ontario’s university system unsustainable?
CFS still mum as to CUSA getting a decertification referendum.
Straight couple in the UK want to get Civil Unioned, except the sexual orientation prevents them.
Al Jazeera English coming to Canada!
Liberals forced to make a decision about HST. But don’t expect Randy Hillier to say anything about it at Queen’s Park- he’s suspended for the session.
King of Lesotho in Ottawa to celebrate charity’s fifth anniversary.
Bats dying out?
Hi all! Adam is away this week, so I’ll be joined by Josh Zanin. I think, though I make no promises, he and I will both be in town next week to do the run up Dunton Tower. In the meantime, we have an exciting show lined up. At 8:30, I’ll be joined in Conversation by Yann Martel, the booker-prize winning author of Life of Pi to talk about his new book, What is Stephen Harper Reading.
We’ll also look to some of the following:
To ban corporate donations municipally or not?
The Asian Carp are coming!
Slow and steady wins the race, unless you are endangered turtles and the race involves stimulus funds for road work.
Lansdowne passes the next hurdle.
In and Out in Court.
Street Racing law overturned.
This morning I spoke with Roger Greenberg, CEO of Minto, one of the three organizations behind the Lansdowne Live proposal. You may recall that I spoke with Clive Doucet (who I presume is the Councillor that Mr. Greenberg refers to) about this matter back in April.
In any case, the proposal goes before Council this week. Expect a mess of public delegations on Thursday, and I can only presume a heated debate amongst Councillors on Friday. I presume that efforts will be made to change the staff report suggesting that this plan move ahead, making it unclear what might actually be accepted in the end.
For what its worth, I am very much concerned that rejecting this proposal will just leave Lansdowne in the state that it is for the foreseeable future, which would be the real tragedy. I think that any development needs to be mixed-use, and think that a lot can be done to make any retail component something more than just a mall and benefit neighbouring businesses in the Glebe. How successful we are at this will determine how successful the new plan is. I also worry that we are developing a nasty habit of comparing every tangible proposal with every imaginable ideal one (and dread when we start to talk about the transit tunnel in greater detail.)