THE GOOD, THE BAD and THE BIZARRE

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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.

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