THE GOOD, THE BAD and THE BIZARRE
THE GOOD: Toronto Police Service parking enforcement officer and bike lane guardian Kyle Ashley has been more than effective in his role patrolling Toronto’s bike lanes and calling out offenders on social media. He seems to exude the kind of positivity sorely needed with regard to the car vs. bike debate. He’s become so effective that TPS has assigned two additional officers — Sabrina Kloetzig and Erin Urquhart — on the bike lane detail, helping ensure vehicles don’t park illegally in lanes and that two-wheeled commuters are kept safe.
THE BAD: Toronto and area golf courses are some of the last remaining open green spaces. And, as a result, the land value is through the roof and the pressure to make more money from that land is growing. Case in point, the historic and gorgeous Glen Abbey course in Oakville. A decade ago, one couldn’t have imagined this unique slice of golfdom would be considered for development. Well, it has. A petition has been started to grant heritage status and try to stop the plan. Let’s hope Rosedale and Donalda aren’t next.
THE BIZARRE: Celebrity chef Susur Lee and his popular restaurants, such as Lee and Fring’s, are getting some rare bad publicity as of late after it came to light via social media that the company was allegedly playing fast and loose with employee tips, deducting staff funds for things such as table spills and patrons who walk out on tabs. Withholding tips in this manner has been against Ontario’s Employment Standards Act since June 2016. It should be noted that the company responded that it is investigating the allegations.