chemical obsessionchemical obsession
Some folks have perhaps become a little too attached to pesticides. A case in point is the chair of the Beaches Gardening Society, Michael Erdman, who in a recent newsletter dismissed the city health department's call for a total ban, arguing that the report ignores "10,000 years of human aesthetic development, plus the economic consequences" and that it "attempts to bully us into thinking that "cosmetic uses' are inconsequential." They are. And we blame TV gardening shows for this obsession with the perfectly manicured, pest-free yard.
new york times plays tourist
So the homeless crisis in T.O. has made it into the pages of the venerable Sunday New York Times. According to the Times, which visited Tent City recently, Signs of fraying are becoming more evident here. So much for all the public money gone into promoting Toronto as a trouble-free, world-class tourist and business destination. The Times let the world in on our dirty little secret.
it's only rock 'n' roll it's only rock 'n' roll
While viewers who tuned in to the MuchMusic Video Awards Monday got all the racy Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock they could handle, an anti-G8 banner proved too hot for the video jocks. One of the anti-G8 protestors says they were threatened with physical removal by security because a banner that read "Youth against the G8" was showing up in background shots during the live broadcast on Queen. The protestors left on their own. Apparently, the pop tarts at Much can only handle scripted dissent.
eco class clownseco class clowns
The Sierra Club has come out with its annual Rio report card, which it started after the world Earth Summit a decade ago. This year the group gave Chretien's Liberals a B for ratifying Kyoto. But the feds scored Cs, Ds and Fs in, among other things, incorporating green concerns into decision-making. Even our progressive Toronto MP and foreign affairs minister Bill Graham got an F. We suggest summer school.
cryptic head of the week
Perhaps not confident that their readers can, well, read, the Toronto Sun has resorted to sign language in its headlines. We admit it took a little while for this item to sink in. But then, because it's above a story on the Tories' so-called increase in health care spending, maybe it's supposed to confuse.