The phone rings and, wait a minute, is that Leafs hockey god Darryl Sittler? Talking to you? Not so fast. The hockey hero's turned auto-dial huckster. Number 27's using this spring's delicious playoff push to flog platinum Leafs Mastercards. Darryl's on the phone claiming nothing says "I love my team" more than racking up thousands of dollars in purchases at highly inflated interest rates. Suddenly, painting your face blue doesn't sound so dumb. Say it ain't so, Darryl.
"When he stayed with my family and me in the opulent community of Palm Beach, Florida, I asked him, on a particularly agreeable afternoon overlooking the ocean, if this was anything like his idea of heaven."
Lord Conrad Black remembers his high-living pal Emmett Cardinal Carter in the National Post, April 12, 2003
Wacky Bush whackers
Tory Ontario cabinet ministers Jim Flaherty and Tim Hudak head this weekend for a pro-war, pro-U.S. rally in Queenston Heights. But holding a rally where the Yanks killed General Isaac Brock in 1812 isn't the weirdest part. Rally organizer Tristan Emmanuel, a writer for a right-wing Christian fundamentalist Canadian news magazine the Chalcedon Report, has raged against gays and lesbians, whom he calls "sexual deviants." He says Islam "is as far from peace as hell is from heaven." Hell no, we won't go.
Dumb idea shouldn't fly
The money-losing waterfront-fouling Toronto Island Airport looks dumber and dumber. Air Canada's discount Jazz airline has dropped its Toronto-Montreal flight and the hop to London, Ontario. Torontonians are voting with their feet, and no amount of bogus polling can make up for the fact that nobody wants to fly out of the dinky downtown airport. Fewer than 100 people a day use it, costing our belt-tightening city government millions each year while other important projects get axed. Let's close the airport and discussions of a fixed link forever.
Betty's back -- for bucks
Betty Disero has landed a full-time gig with MCW/AGE "consulting professional engineers" eight weeks after quitting city council. She'll help land government consulting contracts in waste-management and affordable housing, areas she was involved in while a head council honcho. It's another argument for city officials to be constrained by the same rules that apply to other levels of government. Then she wouldn't be allowed to work with council in an area she'd been involved in for at least a year. You know, appearances and all.