It’s an absolute jungle... a very dirty, dirty place.Detective Sergeant Egidio Roseto of 14 Division pulls out the unfortunate “jungle” reference in describing this week’s bust of afterhours hangout the Comfort Zone.
V for Scientology
Anonymous protesters, wearing V For Vendetta masks like some surreal scene out of Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut, have taken up demonstrating in front of the Church of Scientology. Creating a cult of personality of its own, Anonymous took its cause to the streets after, it alleges, Scientology tried to shut down its web presence (enturbulation.org). The message behind the masks? You can’t kill an idea. Mind-bending.
Miller’s China syndrome
Too bad the Tibet crackdown didn’t give Mayor David Miller pause to reconsider his upcoming trade mission to China. Of course, the last thing he wants to do is alienate this city’s growing business and voting base. But once again, economic interests- have trumped human rights. The mayor reasons that it’s important for Toronto to build its ties to its sister city, Chongqing, echoing the diplomacy of so-called “constructive engagement” that’s gotten the world nowhere with China. We have a Free Tibet T-shirt we’d like the mayor to wear on his trip. Mr. Mayor, you know our number.
Indian land claims games
Aboriginal Affairs minister Michael Bryant promised a new era of respect for native land claims. He says he’s “bending over backwards” to accommodate First Nations concerns over mining claims in northern Ontario. So why are so many First Nations leaders ending up in jail for defending their traditional territories from faceless mining giants? What about putting a stake in that 135-year-old mining law giving companies the right to land they don’t even own? Bryant needs to do a little more bending on that one.
If the Libs’ showing in Monday’s four by-elections prove anything it’s that Stéphane Dion’s leadership is shakier than ever. The Grits were supposed to sweep big – they won running away in T.O. – but barely held on in Vancouver and lost in Saskatchewan, despite running a former NDP star in that left-leaning pro-vince. The Tories, meanwhile, are cruising at 38 per cent in the polls, 11 points ahead of the Glib Libs, even after the Cadman debacle. It can’t be any clearer. The electorate’s tuned Dion out.