It's hard to figure what's more embarrassing about the Hells Angels openly partying in Hogtown -- the fact that they're doing it right under Chief Fantino's nose, or that the police actually think they can deter them with a dress code. In this latest PR battle between the cops and the bikers, Fantino comes out looking like a knee-jerk, small-town sheriff, not the leader of a modern, sophisticated urban police force.
peace on earth, hardly We were touched this holiday season when the Israeli consulate in Toronto sent us the new edition of Myths And Facts: A Guide To The Arab-Israeli Conflict as well as the documentary video The Seeds Of Hatred, about the Palestinian Authority's indoctrination of children. You don't get propaganda every holiday season. It made those wishes for a happy and peaceful holiday season even more special.
"Stunned" sums up our response to the Toronto Star's pre-holiday feature on homegrown pot labs in the GTA that came complete with a narc sheet. Headlining their story "Spotting a neighbourhood pot lab," the Star, à la Fantino Inc., must have figured it was doing a public service by including signs that your neighbour is growing weed. These include: residents come to the house for only a few hours; snow isn't shovelled; television or radio is left on all day; a strange smell emanates from the house. Half the homes in the city should expect a knock on the door any day now courtesy of the Star and nosy neighbours.
U of T just came out with its continuing education catalogue and is offering a course on, believe it or not, Who Killed JFK? Oh, come on. Frugal conspiracy buffs can save the $300 course fee by simply checking out a pile of books at the local library and renting the Oliver Stone flick. Besides, how will you know that tweedy prof isn't just a patsy.
down on the city farm
Seems the city's parks department can't maintain anything these days unless it involves user fees. After trying to cut back the number of animals at Riverdale Farm last year, a City Hall panel is now considering handing over the entire operation to the Toronto Zoo. Locals fear that will ultimately lead to corporate sponsors and, you guessed it, user fees. It says a lot when our city government can't even maintain a sleepy cow pasture.