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Coun. Norm Kelly found himself the butt of jokes this past week, by sharing his thoughts on global warming. Kelly informed fellow councillors during a meeting that “global warming will bring more trees.” Kelly made the comments in response to Coun. Raymond Cho, arguing that climate change would reduce the city’s forest canopy.
Near the corner of Birchmount Road and Sheppard Avenue, the newly renovated Stephen Leacock community centre towers over the rest of the nearby buildings.
After much debate at City Hall, the white wind-measuring box, that some have called an “eyesore”, will remain in the Scarborough Bluffs until 2012.
Scarborough East councillor Paul Ainslie suggested the federal government foot the bill for Scarborough residents who are looking into removing their ash trees due to beetle infestation.
In 10 years, 80 percent of the trees in Guildwood Village will be gone, Toronto parks and recreation chair Norm Kelly says. That’s because they’re ash trees and are under attack by a foreign enemy.
Scarborough-Agincourt MPP Gerry Phillips announced his retirement on March 25. “I love the job, it is very rewarding,” he said. “But having to commit to another four years in office entails a lot of time and effort. I am not prepared to make that kind of commitment.”
There may not be any special perks in it specifically for Scarborough but the Ontario budget announced last week is good “in general”, a couple of local councillors agree.
Twitter marked its fifth birthday this week. In that handful of years since its launch, it seems everyone’s jumped aboard the social media juggernaut: celebrities, businesses and even fictional characters have joined the 140-character-limited microblogging site. And so have some Scarborough politicians.
Ward 40 incumbent Norm Kelly swept up the votes in Monday’s election and will hold his council seat another four years.