Tag Archives: Budget

If I Had A Billion Dollars

1 Jun

So much criticism is being aimed at the government for spending a hefty price tag ($1 Billion +) on security alone at the G20 summit in June. Rightfully so, especially if one puts that amount of money into perspective.

The Toronto Star did just that, finding the power in one billion dollars to do a heck of a lot of things like:

Reduce tuition by $1,000 for every student

Create 11,000 new construction jobs

Also, the maternal health plan would spend as much money as G20 security for a three year program. That would be $300 million a year instead of one billion for a three day event. With extra money, developing countries would receive more aid for women and children, obviously saving more lives.

MP Olivia Chow also says: Continue reading

TTC Diaries: Streetcar Roulette

16 Mar

The TTC may be the death of me…literally.

After a hectic week of sleep deprivation, I was looking forward to welcoming the weekend with a downtown house party celebrating a friend’s birthday.

Living in North York, I had quite the trek via public transportation to make it down South, but alas, I arrived at Yonge and Dundas scot-free.

Due to heavy precipitation, the Friday night streetcar was full of damp-smelling urban commuters, but despite the stench I was glad to get out of the rain. My 10 minute ride was brief yet enjoyable, but little did I know, as I was making my way down the steps, a cab was fast approaching. Continue reading

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