9/21/2010

Juiced Bar

REAL SPORTS: Toronto's Sports Bar on Steroids
So how does Real Sports stack up? In keeping with recent athletic history, it’s a sports bar on some terrifying steroids. With 25,000 square feet, over 100 taps (I lost count) and 199 screens (no joke), it’s the bar equivalent of one of those juiced-up baseball players from the late 1990s, the ones with chipmunk cheeks, rapidly expanding hat sizes and testicles the size of green grapes.

But that’s not to say it doesn’t have balls to spare. The piece de resistance is a two-storey, 39-foot screen above the centre bar that makes the space feel like a stadium itself. With so many suited up Bay Street types looking for a place to unwind once the market closes, Real Sports is as loud as a stadium when somebody scores. [...]

We Can't Afford Ford


When Rob Ford Becomes Mayor...
[EXCERPT]
But here’s the most disturbing truth of all: it’s not worth going into detail about the city Rob Ford promises because it’s pure fantasy. Mayor Rob Ford has absolutely no chance of enacting his agenda and will, as a result, grind the city to a halt, undoing seven or more years of progress and creating a situation much like the one he claims he’s addressing now.

Reality One: basic math
Ford’s numbers simply do not add up. The cuts he proposes to “waste” at City Hall are almost purely symbolic — a footnote to the budget — and are dwarfed by the $250 million a year in revenue that would be lost from his elimination of the vehicle-registration tax and land-transfer tax. That scenario alone would make his expansion of customer service, police service and subway building impossible. Meanwhile, cancelling new streetcar orders and discarding the ones we have while buying fleets of new buses would create hundreds of millions of dollars in new costs and vastly increase the operating shortfall of the TTC. We simply could not afford it.

Reality Two: he can’t boss the province around
Much of what Ford wants to do — notably cutting the size of council — would depend on provincial legislation McGuinty or any other premier would never approve. And his great transit scheme? At the moment, the province is paying for $3.7 billion worth of the Transit City plan Ford wants to scrap. Do you think they’ll continue giving him the money to use for his own devices?

Reality three: He can’t really boss anyone around
Finally, even before things get to the provincial level, Ford wouldn’t have the authority to get his ideas past the council level. He could set the agenda and make appointments to committees, but he — as outgoing Councillor Howard Moscoe put it — “could not pass wind” without winning a vote at council.

This is a problem for Ford more than any other candidate because he has shown no history of being able to work with anyone on anything. He proudly told me in 2006 that even council’s right wing hated him (“I don’t want to eat lunch with those guys anyway,” he said). It’s easy to forget now that even Mel Lastman considered Ford an enemy.

So who would accept the kamikaze mission of being his budget chief, charged with making his magical numbers add up? Who would sit on his transit commission, trying to keep the trains running while negotiating the stiff penalties and absurd demands of his platform? No one who knows anything about finance or transit, that’s for sure.

A CITY IN DECLINE
What we’re actually facing is gridlock and regression. Why? Because we’re looking at four years of angry shouting and a loud, probably unproductive argument between Ford and council (and between Ford and the province and between Ford and the city’s labour unions and between Ford and city staff…).

He might well succeed in stopping progress altogether in a few areas: grinding Transit City to a halt, cutting some taxes and slashing spending on arts and cultural programs. The city’s years-in-progress bike plan might be scrapped or halted, environmental progress rolled back. But Ford would replace those with nothing.

The opportunity cost — what we’ll miss out on by taking no action — will be huge. Development will slow as the planning department becomes paralyzed by political deadlock. Transit growth will stop and basic maintenance and service will be cut as the commission endlessly debates how to square financial and contractual circles. Basic infrastructure will be neglected. In short, the city will start to rot.

And, most distressingly for a penny-pincher like Ford, our financial hole will just keep getting bigger following tax cuts while pressing budget and revenue problems go unaddressed, forcing steep tax hikes or drastic service cuts or, most likely, both.

Then by the time the next election rolls around, everyone will be even angrier and perhaps we really will be a city in decline.

9/15/2010

Gasaholic

TORONTO CRAIGSLIST
[09.13.10]

ARE YOU OBSESSED WITH PASSING GAS

do you love to pass gas? do you have any talents or tricks involving passing gas? strange rituals that involve passing gas, do you have a hobby involving the passing of gas?
If this is you or someone you know please tell me about it. I am doing research for a project and are looking to interview people on their obsession with passing gas.
no need to clean it up. If are infatuated with flatulence let me know. I wanna hear from you and hear your story. thank you

Compensation: TBD

Chic Ink


Black Line Studio

Venetian Lady__by Peter

Peter

9/05/2010

Geeks Seek:

TORONTO CRAIGSLIST
[09.04.10]

Geek gangbang

You will be tied down, blindfolded, gagged, used by 5-10 men, k!nky party? NO! Geek gangbang, you will be played with by a serious of random nerds, geeks, virgins, and social rejects who can barely handle their c*ck to take a p!ss let alone pleasure a woman. Pay is $1000. Must be disease free, willing to be kind and not mock the social downtrodden, call the occasional guy "tiger", and know that the blindfold is as much for your benefit as it is for theirs. Guys are not wanted for this ad, only require one woman to make this happen.

Compensation: $1000 3-4 hours

Abby & McGee
Pauley Perrette

Sexy Geek Women

9/03/2010

Office Asset




TORONTO CRAIGSLIST
[09.02.10]

female model for secretary

Busy office is looking for an attractive, open minded female model to work as a secretary and sales/marketing assoc in the office. you must be open minded and willing to meet the CEOs business and personal social needs. trust worthy and discrete a must. send resume and pic please.

Compensation: base + commiction

9/01/2010

Best. Header. Ever.



TORONTO CRAIGSLIST
[09.01.10]

FREEEEEEE WEEEEEEED

Bored & looking for someone cool to hangout with.

Hit me back if you wanna get high.

This is strictly platonic. I'm not looking for sex.

Compensation: No pay