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Honour the Treaties, says Young

Musician Neil Young kicked off his Honour the Treaties tour last Sunday at Massey Hall, part of a campaign against the oilsands project in Alberta. The tourwhich makes its final stop in Calgary tonightstands with the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) in protecting the region’s environment against Shell Canada’s Jackpine mine expansion. Comparing Fort McMurray to Hiroshima, Young criticized the Harper government for being a “very poor imitation of the George Bush administration in the United States.”

 


Talk to the hand

Premier Kathleen Wynne has been giving Mayor Rob Ford the cold shoulder this week, refusing to meet with the mayor to discuss Toronto’s request for provincial money to help with storm costs. Ford stated that Wynne’s insistence on speaking to Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly instead of himself was due to political differences. “She’s a Liberal, and I’m a Conservative,” he said. “Nope, it’s the crack Rob,” tweeted Councillor Shelley Carroll.

 


A sad ending

The Annex’s long-time independent bookstore Book City announced on Twitter Thursday that it would be shutting its doors this spring. After almost 40 years, the family run business decided to close the Bloor St. location after the lease is up. The Beach, Danforth, and Yonge locations will remain open.

 

 

Taxi etiquette

Possible city hall plans to revamp the Toronto taxi industry include several recommendations including a possible $25 “vomit fee” and an upfront charge for those suspicious of skipping fare. Concerned about how drivers will decide whether you’re subject to the charge? The city’s licensing and standards committee will be meeting Thursday to go over the final report.


 

In the spotlight

Torontonian musician Owen Pallett was among the Oscar nominees announced this week. Nominated for Best Original Score with Arcade Fire’s Will Butler for their work on film Her, Pallett will be running against the scores from The Book Thief, Gravity, Philomena, and Saving Mr. Banks. The 86th Academy Awards air March 2.

 

 

Reno failure

The proposal to demolish Hotel Waverly and the Silver Dollar Room at College St. and Spadina Ave. and build a condo on the site was rejected by the Toronto and East York Community Council Wednesday due to excessive height. The proposalfavored by owner Paul Wynneenvisioned a 22-storey student-housing complex with 202 rental units and a fitness club in place of the existing 113-year-old hotel. The music venue, the Silver Dollar Room, which opened in 1958, would have relocated to a new space on the ground floor. The developer plans to appeal the decision at the Ontario Municipal Board.



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