THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE BIZARRE
This city has a serious waste problem: a recycling program that omits most commonly used items such as coffee cups, black plastic and, of course, drinking straws. But, at least some forward-thinking folks are stepping up to try to tackle the issue. For instance, Last Straw Toronto has signed up 80 bars that have pledged to eliminate drinking straws from their operations. And a new company, Flashfood, is looking at new ways to repurpose food waste that would have ended up in a landfill somewhere. Keep the ideas coming, Toronto.
Cabbagetown isn’t exactly getting a reputation as a welcoming locale. The rather thorny downtown Toronto ’hood has complained about a lot of things in the past, including the colour of a play structure. Last month, local folks were in the news again, this time raising heck about the unruly nature of a certain proposal that would surely be the death of the neighbourhood as they know it. It was for a daycare centre, and thanks to the outpouring of guff, it was cancelled, despite the serious lack of child care in the area. Ah Cabbagetown, don’t ever change.
Toronto the Good was back in action last month when an out-of-theway plaza beside a railway line was named as the location of the city’s first legal cannabis store. Yes, there is an elementary school a few hundred metres away, but safely tucked into in a neighbourhood. What did people expect? A 450-metre buffer zone, as some suggest, makes it a virtual impossibility to position stores. This is to be a legal product, so it’s about time Toronto residents accept that reality. Ironically enough, there are illegal dispensaries much closer, perhaps unbeknownst to parents.
Cannabis litter found in a Beach neighbourhood ravine, likely from an illegal dispensary