got a bin laden rookie card?got a bin laden rookie card?
The good folks at B'nai Brith must be suffering from propaganda-war fatigue. How else to explain their public objection to a TOPPS trading card, part of the Enduring Freedom series, that features Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat giving blood. TOPPS CEO Arthur Shorin tells Upfront that his company has a long tradition of chronicling wars and historical events for kids. Gee, that's swell. We suggest the folks at B'nai Brith stick the Arafat card in their tricycle spokes and ride up and down the street for peace.
aspers need a wake-up callaspers need a wake-up call
It's apparent that the Asper family believes the big problem with newspapers is newspaper reporters. Columnist Peter Worthington recently found that out when he was dropped by the Windsor Star. We've never shared Worthington's views, but he's right to call on Canadians to complain to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecomunications Commission that the Aspers' market domination in print and television is stifling free thought and national debate. Go to www.crtc.gc.ca, click on complaints and let it rip.
toronto star passes the morontoronto star passes the moron
On the same day the Toronto Sun pictured Mayor Mel glad-handing a Hell's Angel, the Toronto Star gave him a B for leadership. By Tuesday, a Star editorial was questioning his backbone. We've never stopped questioning the Star's puffery when it comes to the mayor.
seeing grit redseeing grit red
Seems the federal government's new security legislation has even got staunch Liberal supporters hot and bothered. How can the Liberal party claim to be liberal in view of these draconian changes in our laws? wonders Toronto developer and long-time Liberal supporter Elvio Del Zotto in a recent letter to the Toronto Sun. Funny, we wonder how they can call themselves Liberal after a decade of ignoring public transit, affordable housing and cuts to health care and social service spending.
rambo shuffles outrambo shuffles out
Progressive Toronto Rosedale MP Bill Graham becomes minister of foreign affairs and John Manley becomes deputy prime minister. At the very least, we got Rambo out of the diplomacy racket. We hope Graham, who has spent years listening to countless NGO's, pushes the soft power agenda.