“I wouldn't term a 7.5 per cent variance on a project of this nature a fiasco. It's a concern.”
Ontario Energy Minister Dwight Duncan downplays the overrun of at least $75 million for restarting the Pickering Nuclear Power Plant. If not a fiasco, let's just call it another reason to scrap nuclear power.
Afghani blond ambition
Canadian Forces officials are up in arms at "significant" drug use by troops in Afghanistan. You mean Afghanistan has drugs? Didn't the U.S. invasion clean up all that stuff? Rather than panic at opium and yummy hash use by the troops, the military should use it as a recruiting point. Since it offers low pay, occasionally dangerous work and crappy institutional housing to the troops, cheap first-rate drugs might be the only way to get fresh recruits. The new slogan could be "There's no high life like it."
New Post office's odd
CanWest Global, owners of Global TV and the cash-hemorrhaging National Post, is planning a huge waterfront headquarters. How the offices will affect lakefront revitalization is debatable; we're just surprised CanWest is sinking more cash into an unwanted newspaper. We hear Post staff are worried because their new newsroom will feature Applause signs, a few rows of bleachers and spotlights to illuminate the acoustically tiled space.
No more Cherry Beach express
The bumbling, cash-consuming Toronto Port Authority's main purpose is to be a punchline. Too bad the joke's on us. The latest reminder of the federally created Beast That Wouldn't Die's bumbling is the cancellation of the Cherry beach bus. The TTC created the route to handle the thousands of projected users of the Toronto-Rochester ferry who were supposed to arrive at the trailer known as the Toronto ferry terminal. The board blew the deadline but now continues to build a multi-million-dollar terminal that neither ferries nor city buses will go to. Pathetic.
Cagey funeral foul up?
Foreign Minister Pierre Pettigrew was either incompetent or wily when he missed Yasser Arafat's Cairo funeral. Like the teenager whose dog ate his homework, Pettigrew pled bad plane connections and traffic trouble in Egypt's capital. Our top foreign affairs official hasn't heard that Cairo's a jam-packed city? We should inform him China's teeming with people, too. Maybe he was trying to avoid the wrath of groups like B'nai Brith who were fuming that such a high-level honcho was slated to attend Arafat's sendoff.