This is a great victory for farmers all over the world.Saskatchewan folk hero Percy Schmeiser wins small claims battle against GMO giant Monsanto, opening the door, we hope, for other farmers to sue seed giants for crop contamination.
Privacy commish camera-shy
Ontario’s privacy commissioner, Ann Cavoukian, is usually a hardass when it comes to privacy matters, but she’s dismissed a complaint by UK-based human rights group Privacy International against the plan to blanket TTC subway stations and vehicles with 10,000 surveillance cameras. The good part: Cavoukian has recommended that cops only be allowed to store info from the cameras for three days, not the planned 30, and that technology that blurs faces to enhance privacy be considered. The bad part: she’s bought the TTC’s terrorism argument as the rationale for cameras. It didn’t help in London or Madrid.
It’s not easy to make Dalton McGuinty look good, but federal Finance Minister Jim “Fuck Ontario” Flaherty is doing a stellar job of it with his pre-budget tirades about the Libs not doing enough to cut corporate taxes. A lot that’s done to stop the spiral on Bay Street. But we digress. While he’s doing Harp’s bidding, Flaherty’s vile attacks can’t hide the fact that he still covets the Tory leadership job in Ontario. Tories would be bonkers to drink that Kool-Aid. Voters are still paying for Flaherty’s disastrous job as finance minister under Harris.
Nothing like a rousing game of ball hockey with Canuck rockers and former NHLers and a close-up glimpse of Lord Stanley’s mug to boost troop morale in Afghanistan. Heck, the entire scene in Kandahar last week reminded Defence Minister Peter MacKay of Christmas Eve. “The soldiers on the base – there’s probably a few of them who didn’t sleep last night in anticipation of getting to play against some of their heroes,” he said. A few soldiers were likely kept up, too, over plans to extend their six-month tours of duty by another six months to make up for troop shortages.
AMC takes centre Square
Yonge-Dundas Square’s crown jewel is finally in place. No, not the HNR Building next to the Hard Rock, but the long-awaited AMC Megaplex. The celluloid dream palace boasts 24 auditoriums with loveseat-style recliners featuring “rocking” backs and lifting cup-holder armrests. Pass the popcorn, baby. Let’s hope the fact moviegoing has plummeted as a fave pastime doesn’t kill this corner.