Mayor Miller: TTC safe, well except for shootings
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|Toronto Police look for the suspects after the shooting of a teen on an Ossington bus Feb. 23.|
Say What? In this category, Toronto Mayor David Miller takes the prize today. It's been a little nerve-wracking for riders of the Toronto transit system recently, what with a man pushing two teenagers into the path of an oncoming subway train and a shooting at a downtown station recently. Thankfully, nobody died. Yesterday, after a Wild West fight on the Ossington Street bus, complete with the shooting and pistol whipping of a teenager in the bus by at least two men, followed by another shot being fired in the residential street, the mayor described the TTC as "exceptionally safe."
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When Finance Minister Jim Flaherty talks do the banks listen?
Let's say not. Since last fall, the finance minister has been spending money on Canadian banks with the express purpose of encouraging them to open up the credit strings and lend to businesses and consumers struggling to survive this recession. Each time he spends money, as with a couple of chunks last fall totalling $75 billion, Flaherty makes it clear what the government hopes the bank will do. Loosen up!
Again yesterday, however, Flaherty said it's tough because the very consumers and businesses he's been trying to help still have trouble borrowing money. "Even in Canada we have some credit restrictions now," said Flaherty, adding the banks are lending but being "cautious." He urged the banks to do more to ease restrictions on credit.
Wouldn't it have been a better idea to make taxpayer money available to the banks on the condition they lend money to, ah taxpayers? Just a thought. So sad to see the finance minister beg.