Coon Come the sore loser
Who'd a thunk Matthew Coon Come was such a crybaby. The recently ousted chief of the Assembly of First Nations made an ass of himself at the AFN elections by leaving after the first ballot when it became clear that arch-rival Phil Fontaine would win. Coon Come didn't even have the decency to go up onstage to receive blessings offered by the gathering to all the contenders. Classless act.
OCAP's missing link
This week's boner award goes to the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty for its late-night trashing of three golf greens at the Lionhead Golf and Country Club to protest a fundraiser held there for Premier Ernie Eves. "We don't think these corporate robber barons should be allowed to have a good time on the backs of poor and working people," the e-mail sent out this week says. Never mind that this latest escapade will do nothing to help OCAP head John Clarke's legal cause. It also didn't take long for the Tories to turn the trashing into a PR win by blaming the Liberals for tipping the activists to the event. Score one for the Tories, zero for OCAP.
The Canadian Jewish Congress issued an advisory this week warning voters to watch out for hate-mongering Nationalist Party candidates running for city council. If only the advisory hadn't succeeded in generating the most publicity yet for the three running under the Nationalist Party banner. Still, NP proposals to twin Toronto with the city of Grozny, Chechnya, and to remove "unsightly" speed bumps are hardly vote getters.
Take the money and run
Our hearts go out to police union headcase Craig Bromell, whose on-again, off-again bid for re-election is off again. The rotund one cited health and personal reasons for deciding anew to throw in the towel. Guess all those important reasons for deciding to stay on aren't so important after all. Craigy won't be returning to the lowly constable rank he left before joining the association. He's already got the 25 years of service he needs to collect a full fat police pension.
Case for bike lanes
Case Ootes, council's mild-mannered deputy mayor, has managed to rouse cycling activists with a slippery last-minute motion to reopen debate on a plan already approved for bike lanes on Dundas East between Broadview and Kingston Road. Ootes's motion says traffic flow along Dundas will be compromised by the lanes, even though the city's own report on the issue says there's enough room to accommodate them. In fact, bike lanes recently installed on River Street have helped with traffic flow. Go figure.