Monday, November 26, 2012

Arrogance no surprise when you have the whole autosprawl industry behind you

The law and Rob Ford: "It all comes down to what the Ontario Superior Court judge called a “stubborn sense of entitlement” and “a dismissive and confrontational attitude to the Integrity Commissioner and the Code of Conduct.”

The judge examined all the possible loopholes — including inadvertence and error in judgment — and found no way out of the legislation’s mandatory punishment: removal from office."

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Oil industry needs to kill #publictransit

Jeff Rubin: Why shale oil won’t save you at the pumps - The Globe and Mail: "The IEA pretends that its prediction for a huge increase in unconventional oil supply can occur with only a modest increase in oil prices from current levels. Such unbridled optimism is belied by what’s going on in the industry. Getting oil out of the ground has never been more expensive. Just look at the pullback in capital spending among oil sands operators. And costs are only going up from here. Forecasts of exponential growth in U.S. shale oil ignore some very real challenges with it – such as wells that deplete at a rate of more than 40 per cent, even in rich fields like Eagle Ford in Texas, and a lack of basic pipeline infrastructure in the Bakken."

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Struggle for #transit continues in Toronto

TTC approves 5 cent fare hike - "But the restraint in funds comes at a time when ridership continues to grow. Transit officials project the delivery of 528 million rides next year, about 25 million more than this year.

But Stintz said the TTC has now done its part to hold down costs for the city, and transit officials are already talking to the city manager about a subsidy increase for 2014.

“I expect that next year we will see an increase to our subsidy,” she said."

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