Went for lunch today, and while walking through Nathan Phillips Square, saw three young women chatting on a blanket spread out over concrete. One mildly unusual thing about that was the sign on the blanket, which read “Two friendly therapists!” To their credit, they did look friendly. They invited people to talk, get help with their problems and, [...]
Relatives of Jean Charles de Menezes, the Brazilian man mistaken for a terrorist and executed by London police, wasn't wearing a bulky jacket nor did he jump a ticket barrier, say his relatives. Some excerpts from the Guardian story: Speaking at a press conference after a meeting with the Metropolitan police, Vivien Figueiredo, 22, said that [...]
Some good news from the world of armed insurgencies. The IRA says it has abandoned armed struggle and will now only pursue its goals through political means.
A transit advocate makes the point that terrorist threats aside, public transit is still the safest way to travel. An excerpt from the July 27 Toronto Star commentary by Todd Litman: Because they are rare, incidents that kill or injure transit passengers tend to receive far more attention than automobile accidents. For example, a 1995 Toronto [...]
Newspaper readers in 12 U.S. cities jonesing for a fix of their daily Doonesbury cartoon were left sadly disappointed on Tuesday and Wednesday. Here's an excerpt from the July 26 Washington Post story: The strips refer to Rove, the White House deputy chief of staff, as “Turd Blossom.” Lee Salem, editor at Kansas City-based Universal [...]