“ What we envision is it will be free. That's not to say we won't rent the ice and do other things with it. ”
A Maple Leafs spokesman is unconvincing on the team's commitment to the community, announcing a multimillion-dollar practice facility that will require flipping public land in south Etobicoke to the sports mega-corp.
No sex, please - we're posties
While it should be busy processing letters for Santa, Canada Post has found time to turn censor, refusing to deliver mail from Vancouver's innovative sex education centre, The Art of Loving. The centre wanted to use the Post Office's unaddressed ad mail program to get its info out to apartment dwellers, the only way to get inserts into the buildings. But because words like "ejaculate," "penis" and "clitoris" are contained in the mailers, the posties wouldn't touch them. The nerve - describing sex organs in a sex info publication.
Fantino fumbles felonies
As Toronto copes with more tragically murdered teenagers, outgoing top cop Julian Fantino's hysterical claims don't help. Last month he shrieked that guns were the big problem; now knives are the biggest threat to the young. Until we strike at the causes of youth crime and why the lives of these teens are undervalued, murder will walk the streets. If Fantino really cared, he'd meet with Toronto's Youth Cabinet. He has refused to do so for two years.
Globe's anti-pacifist pose disgusts
Disgusting to read the Globe and Mail's vicious attacks on peace hero Jeremy Hinzman, who has "deserted" the U.S. Army, bravely refusing to go to Iraq and kill to fuel America's lust for oil. While the Globe embraces refugees from British newspaper wars, including its UK expat publisher, it shows no such generosity toward people repulsed by the illegal Iraq war or actually at risk if they remain under U.S. jurisdiction. Canada's welcome of Americans who refuse to serve in unjust wars is a huge source of national pride. Let's insist the tradition continues.
CBC scoops best from Much
Smart move by CBC to scoop up MuchMusic marvel George Stroumboulopoulos. He's the top talent at Much and one of the best in the entire CITY/CHUM TV group. His excellent Tommy Douglas doc - helped by a well-orchestrated NDP write-in campaign - got the father of medicare dubbed top Canuck and caught the eye of CBC brass. Let's hope the smarter-than-Much-ever-let-him-be broadcaster doesn't go all soft and mushy like Jian Ghomeshi or fade to bland like Laurie Brown, another Much refugee. Watch for Stroumboulopoulos nightly on Newsworld in the new year.