I love beating up on you guys.Ontario-hating Finance Minister Jim Flaherty does his version of Marie Antoinette’s “Let them eat cake” routine. A-hole.
Puff ’n’ bluff
Big-buck tobacco companies are back to peddling their poison in full-page ads, mostly in “alternative” weeklies (or is that weaklings?) hurting for ad revenue. The Supreme Court has banned tobacco advertising. But tobacco giant JTI-Macdonald thinks it’s found loopholes. Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada says JTI’s blowing smoke, that the ads, which promote new brands with “less smoke smell technology,” are deceiving the public into believing that less smoke means less harm. Perhaps we should mention that one of the brands JTI is pushing is called Mirage.
Big box on Eastern gets bigger
Looks like it’s lights out for the studio district along Eastern. Cinespace, the outfit that owns 10 acres next door to the 18 acres slated for a SmartCentre big box on Eastern, has asked the OMB to add its property to any Official Plan amendment granted to the SmartCentre site. A golden mile of big-box retail in the studio district? Yeah, that’ll look real smart a stone’s throw from the waterfront. Lower Leslieville will never be the same.
Leap of fate
After thriving for 360 million years, one-third to one-half of the world’s 6,000 amphibian species could go extinct in our lifetime, resulting in the largest mass disappearance since the dinosaurs. Having seen this meteor coming, an international campaign to rescue some 500 threatened amphibian species is under way. A killer chytrid fungus sweeping the globe is being blamed, but climate change, disappearing habitat and over-harvesting are also taking their toll. Where have we heard this before?
Black and blue
Conrad Black’s headed for no Shawshank redemption in his new home behind bars in Florida. Until that pardon from buddy Bush comes through (Black was as guilty as anyone else for pushing that canard about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq), the Lord of Crossharbour will have to get used to communal showers. Will they be golden? Oh, the indignity. The weird synchronicity: the no-good ReformaTories Black’s National Post helped put in power find themselves embroiled in allegations of vote-buying in the House. Let’s put ’em all behind bars.