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Wynne’s transit plan is gibberish
Doesn’t Ontario’s Liberal government even remember its own press releases anymore?
In 2008, under then premier Dalton McGuinty, the Liberals unveiled a $50-billion, 25-year “Big Move” public transit plan (2008 to 2033) for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA).
On Monday, Premier Kathleen Wynne promised $29 billion over 10 years (2014 to 2024), with $15 billion going to transit in the GTHA and $14 billion for transit and transportation infrastructure around the province.
So $15 billion of this $29-billion announcement is simply a rehash of the $50-billion commitment the Liberals made six years ago. Except it makes no financial sense.
From the moment she became premier, Wynne said she would need to raise new taxes (“revenue tools”) to meet the province’s $2-billion-a-year new money commitment to pay for the Big Move.
TORONTO - Ontario’s top bureaucrat says he would have been “appalled” had he known of a serious intent to bring in an unauthorized person to wipe government hard drives.
Secretary of Cabinet Peter Wallace told a government committee probing the gas plant scandal Tuesday that he did not take seriously a remark from David Livingston, former chief of staff to ex-premier Dalton McGuinty, that he planned to bring in an outsider to delete computer records.
TORONTO - Premier Kathleen Wynne’s brother-in-law has been appointed “interim” CEO of eHealth, the Toronto Sun has learned.
David Rounthwaite, brother of Wynne’s wife, Jane, was appointed to the $210,000-a-year job effective March 7.
Mo Nabbach told the London Evening Standard newspaper that two officials from the Stalinist state’s mission took pictures of the M&M Hair Academy in Ealing, west London.They then ordered him to remove the “disrespectful” poster, he said. The poster featured a large picture of Kim’s distinctive short-back-and-sides hairdo with the slogan: read: “Bad hair day? 15 per cent off all gent cuts through the month of April.” “I told them this is England and not North Korea and told them to get their lawyers,” the newspaper quoted Mr Nabbach as saying.“The two guys were wearing suits and they were very serious. It was very threatening.”
However, as the Vanity Fair article notes, there were a number of authors who had the courage and conviction to stand by Rushdie in opposition to censorship and the intimidation of death threats:Prince Charles refused to support Sir Salman Rushdie during his fatwa over The Satanic Verses because he thought the book was offensive to Muslims.In an article for Vanity Fair magazine, Martin Amis claimed that the Prince's views caused a row at a dinner party after Rushdie was issued with the death sentence by Islamic clerics in 1989.Amis claims that Charles told him that he would not offer support ‘if someone insults someone else’s deepest convictions’.