Dogs die but nothing to do with off-leash debate - okay, sure
What is it with these City employees? Happy pills?
Twice this week, they've searched for that single, fragile thread of cock-eyed optimism where others see unpleasant reality.
Two dogs died and four others are sick after drinking antifreeze in High Park. Police suspect the poisonings are related to controversy over the Dog Hill off-leash area. Take it out on innocent animals, why don't you?
But as Nick Kyonka reports in today's Star, a top park official sees no connection whatsoever. According to the analysis of Robin Sorys, chair of the park's advisory committee:
"I think this is just an isolated situation. It just happened to come at a time when we were reviewing the off-leash area."
And here's more reason not to worry: TTC streetcars are safe, as long as they don't jump the tracks.
Over the past 10 days, four people were hospitalized after one streetcar rear-ended another on the Queensway, and another seven were off to hospital, including the driver, when another two cars collided at Bay and Dundas, knocking one off the track.
A Prithi Yelaja Star story says TTC chair Adam Giambrone isn't overly worried because they didn't jump the tracks. That's a relief. Toronto has the best tracks in the world. Giambrone could get worried, but not now:
"If we get another two in the next two weeks then we begin to say at what point is it coincidence and at what point do you have a big problem?
So two, no problem. Four, a big problem.
Maybe it's just me, but what if there's a problem now?
And what about not pointing an easy finger of blame at the drivers? As in Giambrone's "these cases usually come down to driver error."