“I’m ready to rock and roll on this, and I think consumers will lead boycotts of anyone who tries to stop it.”Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker gets us pumped over the possibility of an innovative deposit-return system for batteries, light bulbs and paint cans.
Welcome to the Dark Ages
We know the Sun has its shtick, but lecturing Earth Hour fans for celebrating a one-hour symbolic blackout because, don’t you know, without electricity we’d be suffering poverty, famine, disease and early death just like poor countries? We don’t want the same early onset of severe respiratory diseases that people who rely on indoor fires experience, do we? Earth Hour clearly has its limitations, but give us a break – the whole message is about reducing, not reverting to cooking over fire.
Sweating under pressure
The What Took You So Long? award of the week goes to York U for stalling the implimentation of a no-sweatshop policy. Even activists on the bloody implementation committee felt compelled to stage a 45-hour sit-in last weekend. The York Sustainable Purchasing Coalition says the school was trying to pass off window dressing as genuine workers’ rights protection, but a good dose of bad publicity got York’s new president, Mamdouh Shoukri, scurrying into quick response mode – well, as quick as you can be after lagging a decade behind other campuses.
Why we can’t do Candu
If the feds wore babushkas and called themselves Grammy we could laugh off their atomic guilt trip, but pressuring Ontario to pick repair-hungry, tritium-leaking Candu reactors to, you know, take one for the team is just plain wrong. We know family relations have to look good if the feds are to sell off the Crown corp to international investors at a healthy price, but Ontarians don’t deserve any reactors, let alone the radioactive legacy of Canadian-made nukes. This is one instance where we ain’t backin’ buy local.
Put Ford out of work
Luckily for those who’ve been actually forced to work “like dogs” without stat holidays or adequate time off, Councillor Rob Ford’s motion to let all stores across the city stay open nearly 365 days a year was killed last week. Guess his comments linking the global “takeover” by “Orientals” to their affinity for “sleeping beside their machines” won over fewer councillors than it did the slave driver crowd. Go figure.