Deep breath of relief for now and we'll see what happens in 2010!
Meanwhile, it's summer, but not a very warm one for the Greater Toronto Area. Those of you outside of Ontario may not be aware that Toronto is in the midst of a strike by municipal workers. This means many Toronto services have been cancelled including city-run daycares and camps, parks and recreation programs (no pools!), and garbage pick-up. The current issue of Maclean's magazine sports a cover declaring “Toronto stinks.”
Having been downtown several times recently, though, I can report that areas tourists frequent don't look anywhere near as nasty as you'd imagine. It's the residents who are getting hit the worst as they're forced to lug trash to transfer stations (try to envision completing this task without a car!) and put up with the rancid smell that accompanies these dumps if they're unlucky enough to live in the vicinity of one.
Living outside the city, I'm fortunate enough not to have to deal with any of this and we've been doing our best to enjoy the weather (such as it is) and the lake, in particular. I can't imagine not living near a major body of water, and hope I never have to, because this is what I'd be missing:
Helter Skelter, baby! Paul still knows how to rock out.