Tuesday October 25, 2016
15:18 LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Making government work for us »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
I salute Gerard Greenan in his support for Proportional Representation. Valuing the importance of all points of view is the kind of generosity and vision especially good to hear from someone with a career in public office.
13:42 PEIFA wants DFO to provide catch data on Atlantic mackerel »Journal-Pioneer Local
Delay is leading to suspicion
13:24 Postal Food Drive brings about 6,700 pounds of food in to The Salvation Army »Journal-Pioneer Local
The Salvation Army Prince County Food Bank volunteers were delighted as donations poured in.
13:10 P.E.I. farmer Eddy Dykerman honoured »The Guardian - Local News
Brookfield Gardens owner among 2016 inductees for Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame
13:06 P.E.I. fieldworker reaches out to Haitians, provides disaster relief in Leogane »The Guardian - Local News
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13:01 [URBAN NOTE] "Millennials restoring their faith at Toronto's C3 Church" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
CBC News' Laura DaSilva reports
on an apparently dynamic Pentecostal church in Toronto. I do wonder, though, how many of the new parishoners are truly unchurched, and how many are simply switching demoninations and congregations (for a while? for an experiment?).
With an avant-garde rock band, an Australian pastor in skinny jeans at the mic and Drake-inspired graphics behind him, C3 might seem more like Coachella than what it really is — church.
"I think if Jesus were alive today, he would've had an Instagram account," said C3 Toronto's lead pastor Sam Picken in an interview Sunday. "When we preach the Bible, we try to preach it in a way that's going to be relevant to the audience."
The Pentecostal Christian City Church movement — known as C3 — started in Australia in 1980. There are more than 450 churches across the world, including 11 in Canada.
Picken, 32, started the Toronto chapter with his wife and a handful of friends in 2012. Now, more than 800 people call it home.
"I think the people of Toronto, myself included, we're seeking meaning," Picken said. "We're seeking acceptance. We're seeking community."
The church rents auditorium space each week at Central Technical School, 725 Bathurst St. The members hope to raise enough money to acquire a permanent location, Picken said.
12:55 [URBAN NOTE] "How a bid to resurrect Scarborough LRT was killed" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
The Toronto Star
's Jennifer Pagliaro reports
on how the idea of rapid transit in Scarborough was killed off in the name of the politically popular subway extension.
It took more than three years of political standoff on transit in Scarborough just for council to arrive back at the beginning again this July.
Should the city build a subway — revised as just a single stop and defended by Mayor John Tory even as costs ballooned past $3.2 billion — or a light-rail line, with capital costs covered 100 per cent by the province, that could be built in less time and serve more residents?
It took only two pages and 800 words to secure the vote in favour of the controversial subway, killing a move to return to the original LRT alternative to replace the aging Scarborough RT.
Documents obtained by the Star through freedom of information requests and interviews with those involved show how a misleading briefing note produced by the TTC just two weeks before a crucial vote became central to the mayor’s and allied councillors’ successful push for a subway, and how senior city and TTC staff discredited the LRT while advancing the subway option.
At the same time, the provincial Liberal government, which had politically endorsed a subway, refused to weigh in and ignored an internal report that found building the subway was “not a worthwhile use of money.”
12:52 [URBAN NOTE] "Ex-Brampton mayor ‘does not recall’ seeing details of $480,000 payment to developer" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
The Toronto Star
's San Grewal and the Brampton Guardian
's Peter Criscione report
on how Brampton is still trying to dig itself out of its past messes.
Former Brampton mayor Susan Fennell “does not recall reviewing” an agreement she signed in 2011 that detailed a $480,000 payment from the city to a development company to acquire an option on land the company was supposed to secure on its own in a half-billion-dollar construction project.
The agreement, filed in court this summer, was among hundreds of documents the court ordered the city to release as part of an ongoing lawsuit it is facing over the downtown project.
As part of that lawsuit, Fennell had previously told the court that she didn’t find out about the secret $480,000 payment until 2014, when the rest of council learned of it.
In an email to the Star and Guardian, Fennell’s lawyer said there was “no inconsistency” between her statements to the court and the fact that she signed a 2011 agreement that acknowledged the city “has paid or will cause to be paid” the $480,000 option fee.
“No reasonable person would expect the mayor to undertake a detailed review of legal documents before signing them when they have been reviewed and approved by City lawyers and others,” wrote lawyer David Shiller.
12:48 [LINK] "What Sam Oosterhoff's nomination means for Patrick Brown's PCs" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
CBC News' Mike Crawley reports
on the surprise selection of a teenager as Progressive Conservative candidate in a Niagara riding. Are the PCs on the verge of an uprising?
Sam Oosterhoff could soon become the MPP for Niagara's wine country, and he's barely old enough to drink (legally).
Oosterhoff, 19, is the Progressive Conservative candidate in the Nov. 17 byelection in Niagara West-Glanbrook. If he wins, he will become the youngest MPP in Ontario's history.
But his age is not the only reason his candidacy is raising eyebrows.
First of all, he defeated a political heavy-hitter to win the nomination: Rick Dykstra, a three-term Conservative MP for St Catharines and the current Ontario PC party president. Some are interpreting this as a slap in the face to the Ontario PC braintrust.
Secondly, Oosterhoff has expressed some strong socially conservative views. Yet PC leader Patrick Brown is trying to steer his party to the centre and stay away from taking controversial positions on touchy social issues.
"My family, neighbours, and church helped instill in me the values of community, dedication and service," Oosterhoff says on his website. "I will never waver in my support of parents as primary educators, and I will strive to ensure that parental rights are respected in education."
Oosterhoff's Facebook likes include the "We can end abortion" community and the Libertarian Christian Institute — as well as the indie bands Imagine Dragons and Death Cab for Cutie.
In between his twitter posts about political issues, he occasionally tweets references to his Christianity, such as Proverbs 14:12: "There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death."
12:45 [URBAN NOTE] "Airbnb says it doesn’t affect Toronto’s rental market" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
I'm inclined to be skeptical about this Airbnb claim, as reported
by The Globe and Mail
's Jeff Gray. I am not sure whether this skepticism is justifiable.
Airbnb is trying to fend off the threat of strict regulations in Toronto with new numbers the company says show its “home-sharing” business is having little effect on the city’s tight long-term rental market.
City officials are set to begin drafting new rules to govern short-term home-rental websites such as Airbnb, which has launched court challenges of new rules imposed on it in New York State and the company’s hometown of San Francisco.
The hotel industry complains that Airbnb is competing unfairly, avoiding taxes and other costs. Other critics say the service is resulting in the saturation of desirable Toronto neighbourhoods with “ghost hotels” – properties that are let out on Airbnb full-time – squeezing out regular long-term tenants.
But in a study being released Tuesday and co-authored by Airbnb’s head economist, former Harvard Business School assistant professor Peter Coles, the company says that of the 9,500 active listings it had in Toronto last year, only 760 could be considered competitive with conventional long-term rentals.
Those 760 full units brought in at least $16,100 a year, or the equivalent a landlord would receive from a long-term tenant paying the city’s average monthly rent of $1,339. The typical Airbnb listing for an entire unit in Toronto brings in much less, just $6,560 a year, the company says, with 46 per cent rented for less than 30 days.
12:39 [URBAN NOTE] "Millennial home buyers willing to pay the price to avoid long commutes" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald) The Globe and Mail
's Adam Stanley reports
on what, exactly, millennial home buyers are willing to compromise on as they search for homes.
A recent survey from TD Canada Trust reveals that millennials are willing to spend more money on a home in order to live closer to work. But that isn’t the only factor for home buyers aged 18 through 34, most of whom are entering the real-estate market for the first time.
Forty-eight per cent of millennial respondents to the TD survey said they would spend more on a home to commute less, as compared to just 34 per cent of Canadians as a whole.
TD conducted the survey of more than 6,000 respondents 18 and older. The report was then broken down into a subgroup of nearly 1,800 millennials.
“While living close to work has many benefits, purchasing a home in an expensive urban city can come at a price,” says Pat Giles, associate vice-president of real-estate secured lending at TD.
Sixty-eight per cent of the survey respondents admit they would be willing to move into a smaller house than they initially desired, while 80 per cent say they would sacrifice amenities or compromise on their top choice of neighbourhood.
12:30 Tim Archer holding benefit for his sister on Oct. 28 »The Guardian - Living
Fundraiser at the Jack Blanchard Centre in Charlottetown to help Tracey Dixon (Archer), who has cancer
12:15 Kensington may give responsibility for its roads back to the province »Journal-Pioneer Local
Kensington is considering giving up responsibility for its roads.