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The Eleventh Hour -guest editorial by Janet Sherbanowski

Posted by on Nov 6, 2016

It’s that time of year, we all buy the poppies and perhaps, maybe if we are not too busy, or forget, we stop for the requisite moment —the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

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EDITORIAL #020: Now is the time to come to the aid of the Borough

Posted by on Jun 8, 2016

East Toronto —and in particular its heart, East York— has been changing dramatically and rapidly the past few years and there’s every reason to believe that trend will continue for some time to come. In addition to the changes in landscape and streetscape that the so-called “gentrification” of the area is producing, the character of the population is also evolving. As the area becomes more desirable to young families and up-and-coming professionals —not to mention new immigrants to the country— and as older residents inevitably pass on, waves of newcomers have been and will continue to arrive to the area, most with little knowledge of its history and previous character. While no one wants to become stuck in the past and while some aspects of its former character may be worth changing, there is much about what this area...

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EDITORIAL 019: You can’t rely on social media for the real story

Posted by on May 6, 2016

The advent and proliferation of social media (interactive websites or networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and so forth) has changed much in our society, including the way many people get their daily news, particularly at a local level. When it comes to having a population that is informed about local developments and the issues of the day —a necessary component of a healthy democracy— certainly in some respects social media has been a blessing. When a new law is proposed that potentially affects you, or an incident occurs that may impact your life, social media makes it possible to find out about it right away. And social media helps constituents to know what their political representatives are saying or doing in real time and even to engage them directly, so that voters know their voices are being heard....

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EDITORIAL 017: Chewing tobacco ban is an absurd idea

Posted by on Mar 5, 2016

Even apart from the fact that realistically it would unenforceable, the proposal by City of Toronto councillor and Board of Health chairman Joe Mihevic that the city ban chewing tobacco in stadiums, arenas and parks is an absurdly ham-handed solution to something no one regards as a problem. For one thing, the habit, while potentially it may carry health risks, directly affects absolutely no one except the person who indulges in it. Unlike tobacco-smoking there is absolutely no “second-hand” effect from chawing on a wad of nicotine-laden gunk. While careless disposal of the product afterwards could be a nuisance, we already have litterbug bylaws to cover that. The councillor argues that the use of such products by high-profile sports athletes could influence children to take up the habit. But who will enforce compliance among the multi-million dollar-earning stars? Surely,...

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EDITORIAL 016: It’s time to look at how we value things

Posted by on Jan 21, 2016

When a minuscule percentage of our population controls far more resources and power than the majority, when increasing numbers of families cannot afford decent housing, nutritious food and other basic amenities of civilization, and when the pursuit of profit leads to the squandering and even despoiling of our non-renewable natural resources and poisoning of the air and water, does it really take a genius to realize that something is fundamentally wrong with the way we do things? As the loonie plummets along with oil prices, making imports like fruits and vegetables suddenly luxuries and housing prices skyrocket beyond the reach of the average working person, all agree something needs to be done. But those of the left and right, with radically different prescriptions, all seem to miss the real point. It’s not the economy, stupid, it’s the economy! Profit-driven...

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