marilyn strings us along
After hosting lavish fundraising dinners over the last couple of years for the flush Toronto Arts Council Foundation, Marilyn Lastman has now set her sights on saving the Toronto Symphony with her annual arts ball, scheduled for October 1. Is it because her son Dale Lastman works at the same law firm as symphony chair and former lefty preem Bob Rae? No, our bet is a TSO show is probably Mel's favourite place to nap.
Cops curtail topless fundraiser Police just couldn't go with the flow and let a dozen exotic dancers from Filmores on Dundas go about their topless car wash last weekend without hassling them. A dozen dancers showed up to raise money for breast cancer research. Not surprisingly, they stopped traffic. But the cops apparently told them to quit it, which may explain why the total raised, $220, was significantly lower than the $2,500 they raised last year.
tories shake their moneymaker
If you think the Ontario Tories are going to be easily booted out of Queen's Park next election, think again. Not only are they practically tied with the Tory-lite Ontario Liberals in the polls, but they've also got money to burn. York University political science prof Robert McDermid has crunched the parties' 2001 financial statements and estimates that, all told, the Tories raised $9 million last year alone. The Liberals took in a piddling $3 million and the NDP less than $2.5 million. Big business still loves the Tories. So say bye-bye to Dalton McGuinty and brace yourself for all the right-wing propaganda money can buy.
trashy privatization tales
We all know the reason that city council's right wing is being so hard-assed with the city workers unions is because they want to privatize public services. But they're actually not that great when it comes to privatizing stuff. Take those lovely OMG garbage and recycling bins that replaced the public bins on the streets a few years back. Basically, OMG sells advertising on their bins and pays the city a percentage of the take. But the reason garbage is currently piling up in and around the so-called private bins is because city workers are still responsible for emptying them. The city took in $300,000 from OMG in 2001, but it cost the city about $1 million to service the bins. Ain't privatization grand?
quoteof the week
"Governments don't bargain with terrorists, and I'm not here to bargain with the plaintiffs today."
What Sam George, brother of slain Ipperwash protestor Dudley George, alleges a lawyer representing government officials told him during a pretrial examination. Note: the native protestors were unarmed.