who: Barack Obama supporters where: Dundas Square when: Tuesday, November 4, 11 pm what: Celebrating Obama’s historic victory in the U.S. presidential election. More coverage, page 16.
It's kind of an odd feeling to see Ontario in such difficult straits.
She Wente that-away
It's as if Globe columnist Margaret Wente were having an out of body experience, telling readers on the eve of the U.S. election Tuesday how Barack Obama has made her proud to be a American again. "The bitter narrative of oppression and grievance is over. The narrative of possibility - of Martin Luther King - can begin again," writes the self-described "corn-fed Midwestern Republican." A little rich, this newfound racial tolerance coming from Wente, who the week before defended Dick Pound's "savages" remark. Perhaps Maggie's just trying to exorcise that pent-up racial guilt privileged white folk like her have been carrying around for years.
Toying with soldiers
Maybe it's Douglas Coupland's idea of irony. Or maybe, being an army brat, Coupland is dead serious. His monument to the War of 1812, unveiled at the foot of Bathurst this week, is supposed to provide "a quick haiku moment" to remind passersby, in the face of a "creeping revisionism" south of the border, that we won that one. That point is made clearly enough. The American soldier is lying on his back at the feet of the Brit is an attention-grabber. The exaggerated toy-soldier look of the two huge figures is a decided departure from the sombre war memorials dotting T.O. Too bad a cookie-cutter condo acts as the backdrop.
For Healey, it could all get blown away
Jeff Healey's widow is asking his fans not to purchase a box set of material released this week by the Jeff Healey Band's former drummer, Tom Stephen. Cristie Healey says the family is "deeply disappointed" EMI decided to distribute the collection, adding that it "lacks the care and attention that a legacy project deserves." Healey says the two-disc set consists of "inferior tracks that have been readily available for download for years." Stephen contends that Healey "signed contracts and transfers of all applicable rights to these recordings." He says he's offered a portion of the profits to the Healey estate, which he plans to honour "should the release be successful." That's not likely. The Healey estate says it has plans for its own release. The whole thing is a cruel little number.