Four In The Afternoon

1 AI WEIWEI RELEASED ON BAIL. Good news for Ai Weiwei, at least: Chinese authorities have released the dissident artist, poet and pogonotrophist on bail. He was taken into custody on April 3rd. According to Beijing police, Ai had shown “a good attitude in confessing his crimes.”

2 SYRIA NOT HAPPY WITH SANCTIONS. In a development that should surprise absolutely nobody, Syria denounced European sanctions, claiming that they were “targeting the livelihood of the Syrian citizens.” As opposed to targeting the heads and torsos of Syrian citizens, which is what the Syrian government appears to be doing.

3 ASBESTOS, THE FRIENDLIEST CARCINOGEN. Canada, which was once not a global laughingstock, has prevented an international effort from having asbestos recognized as the insanely toxic material we’ve all known it to be for the last thirty years. Asbestos: too dangerous to have in our homes, but we’ll sell it to other countries without a second thought.

4 WET REGINA. Some rain we’ve been having, yes? Enjoy your basements, everyone.

Author: Aidan Morgan

Aidan is a very serious man who's saving up for a nice dignified pipe. Then we'll see who's laughing.

7 thoughts on “Four In The Afternoon”

  1. Hey I’ve been looking for a house in the city and one of the things I want is to be near a bus stop. This has caused me to notice how much of the city is NOT covered by transit. And yet we have routes like 7/9, 11/13, 3/4, and 10/12 which go “sort of near” areas which could use bus service but are basically exact mirror images of each other. WTF!

  2. Ok seriously, how do we Harper out of power? How can this murderous bastard be running/RUINING our country?!?

  3. Anon: Where are you looking? I think there’s a guideline somewhere that everyone should be within 360 metres of a bus stop. (The city considers 400m to be about the limit of what the average person is willing to walk to get somewhere.)

    But, I also seem to recall that some of the newer neighbourhoods (the ones on the edge of the city) don’t have access within that 360m because transit hasn’t been able to expand service yet. I remember going to a lot of meetings last year when new neighbourhoods were be proposed and transit kept mentioning in the reports that they are unable to expand service with their current level of funding. And you know, I don’t recall hearing that that has changed at all.

    Actually, come to think of it, there’ve been a bunch of new neighbourhoods approved this year but I don’t remember hearing a peep out of transit. Weird. You’d almost think there was no one running the department or something.

  4. Anon – try the inner city communities (Cathedral, Heritage, Transition) and you can walk or bike. As for transit – Paul is right there is no funding allocated to provide transit services to these new communities. They are planned in such a way that transit can be put in later, but they son’t have the funds to extend the routes right now. Also, when you try and go in after the fact and add transit routes, people don’t want them. It’s just not the way to go generally.

    Paul – When will there be another TWACH? I’ve missed them.

  5. The thing is that even though inner communities are desirable due to proximity to downtown, bus service, etc, it is hard to find an affordable house that is not in disrepair and/or situated a little too close to sketchiness. After I get a mortgage, I won’t have money for renovations. And I would like to feel safe when I go outside at night time.
    There are some nice townhouses in newer parts of the city but the nearest bus is often 15 to 20 minutes away. Yes, it is almost as if nobody were in charge of Transit. When is that going to be rectified? I find it interesting that the things being done downtown to encourage people to take alternative modes are in progress (see: slowing traffic down), but actually providing better access to use those alternative modes (I quote the downtown plan: “excellent transit”) is not happening at all.

  6. Anyway, I know this has nothing to do with the post, but I have reasons for wanting to be anonymous and not provide my work email address.

  7. Seriously anon, I live in an inner city community (with my partner and kids) and it’s not at all sketchy. We have all different socio-economic groups within close proximity to our home, but it’s a good thing, not a bad thing and there are always people around so I actually feel much safer than in the burbs. As for the condition of the housing – that’s a whole other thing. A lot of them do have some deffered maintenance, ahem. Of course the new stuff is poorly built, and poorly designed and not really any cheaper than a house or condo in the inner city. And no sense of community either. We know everyone on our block (and have since the first few weeks we lived here). Also, we spend more on housing (appreciating asset) and less on cars (depreciating asset). I get fresh air and excercise every day getting to and from work, my kids can walk to school (in most newer suburbs they are bused). Oh yeah and I can walk to just about anything I need. Shopping, parks, rec facilities, etc. I would never trade all that for a cookie cutter house in the burbs. Not in a million years.

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