Kraft is apparently cheesed over King VelVeeda's Web site (www.cheesygraphics.com) devoted to comics, porn and culture jamming. Kraft, a wing of tobacco giant Philip Morris, is suing the king for trademark infringement and for promoting an unwholesome image of the cheese-spread-and-smokes conglomerate. We say can the Cheez Whiz and support the king's boycott.
tory conservation crap-out
It was just a matter of time. Earthroots is up in arms over the provincial Tories' approval of the first mining operation in a so-called protected area. Palu-Corbelli Corp. will extract granite from the eco-sensitive Mellon Lake area in eastern Ontario. Some days you have to wonder why the Tories even bother putting up a green facade.
blame bin laden
News out of Ottawa this week has vandals responsible for spilling fuel oil and causing an environmental mess at Joint Task Force 2's secret base in the nation's capital. Yup, the super-secret Canadian military unit that roots out Al Qaeda members and hands them over to Uncle Sam says somebody just walked onto the highly secure base and spilled 1,200 litres of oil, which cost $1 million to remove. Uh huh, and the driver of the Exxon Valdez was only drinking near beer.
After weeks of speculation and newsroom gossip, the Toronto Star's Carol Goar, the paper's lefty editorial page editor for four years, has been demoted to a three-columns-a-week gig by publisher John Honderich. Despite rumours of differences over editorial direction (former Mike Harris chief of staff Guy Giorno now contributes to the op/ed page) and a report that she'd retained a lawyer, insiders say the move may have more to do with Torstar politics than with the Star's editorial bent. Is this Honderich's way of asserting control while relatively new Torstar president and CEO Bob Prichard tinkers?
clearance sale of the week
Come on down to Big Red Jean's, where grade-A federal Liberal-party memberships are only $1. Apparently, the party's Ontario wing recently gave the OK for riding associations to set their own membership rates, and some are charging a loonie. You can't find a more compromised party at these low, low prices.