How do you get people to view themselves as important? Not by shutting out their story. Scarborough playwright Joseph Jomo Pierre’s invective-spiced Born Ready proves a little too close to the reality faced by kids in the projects for school boards to endorse. Just what are they teaching our kids?
Fake ads write weird script
As teasers ads go, the Orwellian numbers showing up on transit shelters for fake Obay meds – as in, give your kid this pill and he or she will obey – have media and public space heads popping. Just who’s behind them is a mystery – the TTC’s not saying, and neither are media companies booking the ads. We should find out next week when the next phase of the campaign is rolled out. Clever. But a downer to think such conscious outrage could be caused by a fake. Pass the Tylenol.
Baird slick on tar sands
You’d think we’d get used to hearing derogatory news about the Harper government’s green performance, but this week’s deluge of eco reports pushed our hate-on meter into the red again. A damning Environmental Defence file says the feds are part of a conspiracy of silence on the tar sands, covering up game riddled with tumours, plans for boreal forest clear-cuts the size of Florida, alarming cancer rates among natives, all to feed “the most destructive project on earth.” Given the week’s second scathing enviro paper (by the Sierra Club) slamming the feds for treating climate change as a communications problem rather than the island-sinking, ice-cap-melting gathering storm it is, we’re waiting on a sufficiently heartfelt answer from Minister Baird that leaves us, well, cold.
Matlow’s mere shadow
We remember when Josh Matlow was a good Liberal – the kind who pushed environmental causes and wasn’t afraid to take his friends in the McGuinty government to task when they effed up. But the Earthroots-campaigner-turned-school-board-trustee has lost his way. He’s so keen on taking his act to Queen’s Park one day that he’s willing to play lead attack dog for the Grits in their manic bid to reverse the yea vote on a black-focused school. Josh, time to go to the mirror, boy.
Police union’s holiday hangover
We know contract negotiations aren’t going well, but can anyone take seriously those police union ads taking a gratuitous jab at David Miller for not giving cops the day off on Family Day? C’mon. The cops get more paid stat holidays than most workers right now anyway. What’s the union saying, that police should be treated like civil servants?