“The troops have been there for how long and we’re waiting for funding [for reconstruction projects] still?”
An astonished Senator Colin Kenny wonders just what the hell we’re sacrificing lives for in Afghanistan.
Our dirty little North Korea nuke secret
For all of Harper’s huffing and puffing about North Korea’s nuclear test, the role past Tory governments played in helping Evil Lil Kim develop weapons of mass destruction shouldn’t be forgotten. Starting in 1980, Canada’s AECL provided the training for scientists at Pakistan’s first reactor, including a close associate of engineer A.Q. Khan, who sold the tech to North Korea. Canada, in fact, has an embarrassingly long history of tech consultations with countries that have not signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. We’re living in a glass silo on this one.
Bloom off this Star
Less than three years after taking over the country’s largest newspaper, Star publisher Michael Goldbloom and editor-in-chief Giles Gherson have been given the big boot. But while financial woes are being blamed for the shake-up (Torstar share prices hit a two-year low this month), it’s hard to imagine the editorial package improving now that it’s been handed to Fred Kuntz, a corporate bootlicker who presided over cuts as publisher of several Star papers in southwestern Ontario. More bleeding for this puppy.
Port Authority believes in ferries
Drifting and crashing into the dock is obviously not what the Port Authority had in mind at an unveiling of its new ferry to the Island Airport last week. The ship’s captain, who nearly had a heart attack, blamed ceremonial smoke and fireworks for the rough landing. We hope the colossal screw-up is not a harbinger of things to come at the soon-to-be-expanded airport. This embarrassing episode underlines just how tricky the winds that swirls around the nearby office towers and buffets the landing strip are to navigate. Throw in a little cloud cover and you’ve got a disaster waiting to happen.
Stroumbo’s big CBC set-up
George Stroumboulopoulos may be up for a Gemini, but you have to wonder what the honchos at the CBC were thinking when they decided to put The Hour up against fake news heavyweight Jon Stewart in the 11 pm slot. We all know what happened the last time a Canuck talk show tangled for air with The Daily Show. Maybe the CBC hasn’t quite forgiven George for his The One fiasco. Certainly looks like they’re setting him up for failure. Word of advice to George: lean on the musical entertainment, dude. News cred you don’t got.