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Artvoice Weekly Edition » Issue v11n28 (07/12/2012) » Section: Week in Review

Collins vs. The Consumer

This week, in an interview with WBFO, Republican candidate for Congress Chris Collins suggested that the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, is exactly like Canada’s single-payer Medicare system.

The Retrial of Nate Buckley

The Erie County District Attorney’s office, so shy of resources that it routinely refuses to pursue election law violations, on Tuesday returned to court to prosecute Nate Buckley, the antiwar protester who was pepper-sprayed by NFTA police after they’d restrained him during a demonstration on Main Street last April. A cellphone video of the incident, which has generated more than 125,000 views on YouTube, showed a couple NFTA officers who, in the estimation of several Buffalo cops we consulted, badly mishandled the situation.

Air Monitoring at Peace Bridge

Years after West Side residents in the Peace Bridge area began to experience unusual respiratory and other health problems, the Public Bridge Authority and Assemblyman Sean Ryan and others announced last week that the Department of Environmental Conservation will conduct air monitoring upwind and downwind of the bridge.

Common Council Report

Items of possible interest on the agenda of Buffalo’s Common Council this week:

At Annual Gala, Olmsted Honors Pro-Fracking Lawyer

Former Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy board chair David J. Colligan is being honored at the 10th annual Frederick Law Olmsted (FLO) Gala on Friday, July 13. In a press release, Thomas Herrera-Mishler, president and CEO for the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, is quoted: “We are deeply appreciative of David’s dedication to the parks and to this community. The impact of both his knowledge and his hard work will be evident in the parks and beyond for many, many years.”

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