Hash brownies and celebrating Rob Ford
Congratulations, NOW! Six months of sturm und drang and carrying on like a bunch of little girls has led to...the status quo. You must all be pig-biting mad that Rob Ford has won his conflict of interest appeal (NOW, January 25). When the dust settles and it transpires that Citizen Magder is on the hook for thousands in legal costs, I'm sure NOW will come to his aid. Perhaps a nice sale of hash brownies will be in order.
Audit of campaign spending more likely to topple mayor
The audit of Rob Ford's campaign donations is more likely to bring about his removal from office than the conflict of interest issue ever was. The Giorgio Mammoliti audit decision on February 4 will be a sign of things to come.
If the committee chooses not to prosecute Mammoliti after the audit found he overspent the limit, or act on a similar finding against Mayor Ford, the Municipal Elections Act allows any elector to have a charge laid by a justice of the peace.
Tim Hudak's zero-dollars debit card
Tim Hudak is facing what is very likely to be his last political campaign as leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario (NOW, January 24-30). He is desperately seeking any issue that will raise his profile. His latest ploy to re-stigmatize the recipients of Ontario Works by demanding they be given debit cards that can only be used to buy food doesn't add up.
A single person on Ontario Works receives about $606 a month, of which $376 is considered a shelter allowance (pretty skimpy for monthly rent) and $230 a basic needs allowance.
A person needs a phone (kind of hard to search for work without one). Plus he [or she] will have to travel for job search, appointments, etc. That leaves about $20 for everything else - toiletries, OTC medications, etc. What is the point of issuing a food-only debit card with zero dollars on it?
Rona Ambrose says whoa to Downsview Park sell-off
I would like to address the future of Downsview Park (NOW, January 24-30).
There is no intention to sell the parkland at Downsview Park. We're confident that Canada Land Company's extensive tourism and management expertise will benefit the long-term viability of Downsview Park. Their corporate plans will continue to be tabled in Parliament.
In addition to disposing of former government land, CLC plays an important role in improving and managing properties and operating specific assets such as the CN Tower.
CLC has an impeccable record of community consultation and a track record of creating strong, vibrant communities that honour the past, while creating developments that will be enjoyed by future generations.
Minister of Public Works and Government Services
Get your Scotch right, for peat's sake
The review of Auchentoshan 12-year-old is puzzling (NOW, January 24-30).
Did the reviewer not actually taste it, and just type some generic Scotch tasting notes? "All sorts of grassy and sweet peaty fun"?
Auchentoshan single malts have absolutely no peat taste. That's because Auchentoshan does not use peat, only unpeated barley - always has done. In fact, it's known for it. It's a lovely malt, with no peat.
Literary criticism alive on the internet
Re Globe Slashes Book Section (NOW, January 29). I strongly disagree with Globe books editor Martin Levin's notion that blogs only appeal to people who are already in line with the blogger's viewpoint. I follow a large number of book bloggers on Twitter and Facebook. Yeah, them's the places where people talk about books as opposed to the one-sided conversation on the pages of most newspaper books sections.
The thing that strikes me is the sheer variety of opposing viewpoints on a particular book. Literary criticism is alive and well in Canada, the U.S. and basically anywhere with an internet connection.
Hey, hey, Nicole Underhay
Congratulations on the very successful, very funny photos of Nicole Underhay on the cover and inside (NOW, January 10-16). Theatre people are notorious for having no sense of humour about themselves.
So it was great to see Underhay looking so silly wearing fur and lampooning the sexy photo shoot that was anything but! It was also great seeing a well-thought-out shoot.
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