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Listen to the idiot, in case you wondered

Waaay worse than I’d thought possible. Listen to the podcast below, my Toronto friends – our new mayor being interviewed by the As it Happens team, who’d been requested to speak to him. He is coaching football as he speaks, and says the same things over and over: end the $60 car registration tax and the land transfer tax, end wasteful spending, stop the gravy train. That is all he has to say, except throw that football harder. He’s not only stupid, he’s rude. Take a listen, and weep.

And worse – the hateful Mike Harris was at Ford’s victory celebration. I had dinner tonight with a man I respect and admire highly – Ben Torchinsky, a multi-millionaire engineer, founder and head of Agra, a vast engineering firm which had a huge role in the Three Gorges Dam, among countless other projects. When asked about Mike Harris at dinner, Ben said, “I hated that guy. What a jerk.” Ben dealt with Bob Rae on Highway 407, which Agra built, and then with Harris; he said Rae was fair and extremely astute financially, whereas Harris broke contracts and short-sightedly sold the whole project down the river, cheating the whole province for an immediate return.

Ah well. Let it go. Too stunning a day to get het up. An amazing heavenly day – Wednesday, which means, as you know, Carol’s class at the Y. Today, we did the class on the roof. It was sublime – in a tank top at the end of October, in the hot sun with a fresh breeze, stretching and lifting weights and running through the garden and on the track on top of the downtown Y. Unforgettable.

All the yard furniture is put away, the snow shovels are out and ready – and it’s hot. And Toronto has Calgary’s mayor and vice versa. The world is a mysterious place.

Dinner was good.




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