“ I don't like American food. ”
Uh-oh. We understand disgraced ex-cabinet minister Alfonso Gagliano's need to explain the lack of a U.S. credit trail in the midst of charges of Mafia membership, but with Bush dolls being stomped, the punishing prez, just days away from arrival, will see it as one more Liberal America-bash.
Problematic pit bull PR
Local media outlets are regularly hounded by a defender of the beleaguered pit bull who's protesting their imminent ban from Ontario. Their champion encourages coverage of Queen's Park demonstrations for the maligned mutts, regularly attended by just a handful of protestors. Can't help thinking there'd be more response to their claims of passivity for these controversial canines if the e-mail address for their promoter wasn't firstname.lastname@example.org. Seriously, try something like: email@example.com. It's free.
CRTC out of excuses
Fanatical Fox News host Bill O'Reilly declares, "We want to show Canadians just how open-minded we are," as his station, which makes CNN look red, gets the OK to air on Canadian cable. Too bad Canada isn't truly open-minded, or Al-Jazeera, a TV view from the opposite side, could be picked up here. We'll endure Bush's war-loving boosters. but how can the CRTC continue to justify making it impossible to receive the world's top TV Arab voice?
Bytown Bush bash
The Grey Cup was a good reason to be in Ottawa, but it's time to head back to Bytown because George Dubya invades November 30. The permanently perplexed prez is slipping into Canada for a one-stop quickie, and when even members of the federal government are silenced - go Carolyn Parrish! - this may be the only chance to get up close and make it uncomfortable for the blood-soaked Bush. The travel-hating invader isn't likely to return, especially if he gets a compliant PM. So, as football fans are fond of saying, let's make some noise!
Santa promo a lemon
Most shameless product placement at last weekend's Santa Claus Parade has to go to NeoCitran. Nothing says Christmas to kids more than a herd of oversized lemons with NeoCitran written across their chests. The sales-pitch citrus were followed by a float featuring what appeared to be a giant stoned dog but was probably supposed to represent a pooch too pooped to participate without his phavourite pharmaceutical. Ho-ho-huckster.