McMaster or Montenegro?
As Judy Sgro gets her non-table-dancing butt kicked for helping strippers into Canada, strip club owners are getting fiesty. Insisting that Eastern European dancers are desperately needed, owners say they'll target college girls if their stripper supply stops. They'll poster campuses and run college paper ads to entice nice girls to take it off. Take away our Romanians and we'll go after your daughters.
Apparently, as soon as Toronto's new green boxes hit the streets, regiments of rats boarded buses and headed here from Detroit and Buffalo. At least that's what the dailies - catering to small-thinking, foolish fears and enviro paranoia - would have you believe. The Globe and Sun say Toronto's rat population is on the rise. If it is, it didn't happen overnight but over the course of major cutbacks on pest-control inspectors and garbage pickup. If there are more rats, it's because there's more garbage left longer on the streets. The green bins are helping fix this problem, not make it worse. So take a breath and separate your garbage.
Smokin' green belt plan
The cops are begging for cash again - to fight grow ops. And Dalton McGuinty is fumbling to keep Toronto area farmland financially feasible and green. Solve two problems at once: legalize pot so cops will no longer have to bust grow ops, and allow farmers near the GTA to grow pot, earning an excellent dollar-per-acre return and reducing pressure to sell out. Our desperately needed green belt could become the Chronic Corridor or the Bong Beltway.
Paul, I'm your father
Dubya knows where Canada is after all - in his back pocket. The bomb-lovin' ruler of the Christian world metaphorically pissed on the rug while visiting last week, not bothering to hide his lack of respect for his flunky Paul Martin. Great to watch Martin's head drop as W bushwacked the PM, demanding Canada join missile defence in his Halifax speech. Bush made it clear we're to take part in Star Wars or find out what kind of "fella" he really is. So Jack Layton wasn't paranoid, and Martin remains as slippery as the 401 after an ice storm.
Good to see the provincial Libs rescind their stupid plan to ban fresh sushi. Nice to see them being so attentive. But we can't help wondering if this kind of quick response is reserved for the relatively affluent and well-connected crowd who make high-end dining a habit. The promise-breaking Grits haven't snapped to attention on any other issue they've been hammered on.