Up Front

Rating: NNNNNup in smokeLet's get this straight. A right-wing Alliance MP, Keith Martin, spends two years stewarding through a bill.


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up in smoke

Let’s get this straight. A right-wing Alliance MP, Keith Martin, spends two years stewarding through a bill to decriminalize pot for medicinal use, and the so-called Liberals, who can’t drum up the courage to legalize grass, snuff it out? Whose pocket are the Grits in?

parking wonks of the world unite

We didn’t get the 2008 Summer Olympics, but Toronto’s parking authority recently announced that it will host the International Parking Institute’s annual conference this year as well as the World Parking Symposium in 2003 . Pinch us. We must be dreaming.

Why should the city even bother trying to get people out of their cars and onto public transit when we can build more underground parking lots, right?

where councillors are king

Since when does a city councillor get to decide who can and can’t use a community centre? Grit MPP Mario Sergio has written to the city’s economic development, culture and tourism commissioner, Joe Halstead, complaining that he had to ask the local councillor for permission to book a centre for a community meeting. Sergio calls it an “abuse of power.” We call it just another unwritten rule in Mel Lastman’s Hogtown.

media monopoly of the week

Media convergence, what is it good for? A week of advertorials in the Bell-owned Globe and Mail pumping the Bell-owned CTV Juno Awards in St. John’s, Newfoundland, that’s what. Indeed, perspective is everything.

nyet, nyet, Canada

Russia, not exactly the poster nation for environmentally progressive policies, has agreed to ratify the Kyoto climate treaty. Meanwhile, Canada is still waffling. Choke on that one.

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